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GOODBYE AMERICA, IT WAS NICE KNOWING YA!
by Brad King
Is the George W. Bush legacy going to be that of the first American president who earned a place on the list of Histories most self-serving dictators? The Bush/McCain Torture Bill recently passed by the senate may just position him on that list with such greats as Fidel Castro and Joseph Stalin. The newly passed torture bill does a lot more then just allow the CIA free reign to torture suspected terrorists. According to legal experts the new law completely eliminates the Writ of Habeas Corpus for everyone which means that the Bill of Rights our country was founded on will become all but null and void.
For those who don’t know what Habeas Corpus is, in simple terms it gives Citizen’s detained by the government, and any law enforcement agency, the undeniable right to have their case heard by a judge to make sure they are being detained legally. It’s kind of ironic that the lack of legitimate Habeas Corpus for the thirteen original colonies was one of the reasons we declared our independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Under the new Bush/McCain Torture law, all governmental law enforcement agencies could imprison any American indefinitely without ever charging them with a crime. Oddly the only part of the Bill of Rights which is not affected by the new law is Amendment III which says “No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law”. I guess Bush wasn’t too worried about the third amendment getting in his way since now anyone’s property can be seized under the current eminent domain laws.
To try and curtail the devastating effects this new law would have on our freedom several different amendments were proposed to the bill. Amendments to provide some kind of oversight program, to reinsert Habeas Corpus into the bill, as well as put a five year sunset provision in the bill, were all voted down by the republican controlled senate. I know one thing, never has America been more endanger of totalitarian rule then it is right now. However, there is a question which no one seems willing to address. Once the new Bush/McCain Torture Bill is signed into law and the Bill of Rights have been negated, are the republicans going to pass a bill changing the last line of the our Nation Anthem to “O’er the land of the dictated”? I don’t think anyone can deny that after the new Bush/McCain Torture Bill becomes law and our Bill of Rights have been abolished, “America the Free” won’t be so free anymore.
This was written by a close friend of mine, Brad. You can find other works of his in the Ridgeline Newspaper.
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