S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Major legislative threat to civil liberties filed with Senate Juciciary Committee.

What's in a name? Changing what the government calls its enemies is not a fix for this proposed major over reach of presidential authority. The bill in question could potentially violate the constitutionally protected habeas corpus rights of U.S. citizens. Designating a person suspected of a terrorist act as an "unprivileged enemy belligerent," rather than an enemy combatant makes no difference to the person who might be erroneously and indefinitely held without cause. Glenn Greenwald is correct to be alarmed. We really need to keep our eyes on this situation. We absolutely cannot trust that the bill will not go anywhere because it is so outrageous.

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