March 15, 2007

ODDLY ENOUGH, THE REPUBLIC HAS SURVIVED NOT EVER GIVING POWS TRIALS:

Do You Miss Our Constitution?: No previous American law has been as subversive as the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (Nat Hentoff, March 9th, 2007, Village Voice)

Ours is the oldest constitution in the world, and for more than 200 years it has survived many grave assaults from one or more of our three branches of government. For example, in 1798, only seven years after the First Amendment was included in the Constitution, Americans, under the Alien and Sedition Acts, were put in prison for holding the president up to ridicule.

The Bush administration has cumulatively done more profound damage to our founding document than any previous administration. And because the president has placed John Roberts and Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court, it may be years before we regain some of our privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment´┐Żand other of our suspended liberties.

But Bush's most wide-ranging assault on who we are as Americans is the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which he signed on October 17, 2006.


Actually, it's an assault on who captured Islamicists are as Americans. Newsflash: they aren't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2007 7:23 AM
Comments

Nat is no dummy - he should know better. It is a measure of the power of BDS (and the hive) that he writes this way.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 15, 2007 10:40 AM

I still can't get over how many great jazz musicians he's known, written about, and outlived.

Posted by: Twn at March 15, 2007 12:43 PM
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