Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

This bill does violence to the Constitution!

The reasons Bush and ALL the Republicans want it so badly is to protect themselves and their colleagues from being tried as war criminals.

Digby is one of the most profound thinkers, and best writers among the progressive bloggers. On the torture bill making its way through Congress:

But the really breathtaking subsection is subsection (ii), which would provide that UEC is defined to include any person “who, before, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense.”

Read literally, this means that if the Pentagon says you’re an unlawful enemy combatant — using whatever criteria they wish — then as far as Congress, and U.S. law, is concerned, you are one, whether or not you have had any connection to “hostilities” at all.
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In light of the possibilities outlined above for using this legislation to “disappear” anyone from terrorists to leftists to those who are deemed to be anti-American, this may be a day to remember the famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

The House passed a bill today designed to force teenagers to have babies. It prevents teens from crossing state lines to get an abortion without parental consent, if their state requires parental consent.

Teens who don’t seek help from their parents when they are pregnant, are generally living in justified fear for their safety and their lives, or are not able to contact a missing parent. This bill is most likely to penalize caring female relatives, grandmothers and aunts.

If it passes the Senate, this would be the first US law since the fugitive slave laws to enforce the laws of one state across the border in another state.