Monday, March 14, 2011

Enemy Belligerant Bill - One Year Later


This is fair warning to law-abiding U.S. citizens who dissent from an official point of view or policy:

S.3081 -- Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010 (also see companion House Bill H.R.4892)
S 3081 IS
111th CONGRESS
2d Session

To provide for the interrogation and detention of enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States, to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents for such acts, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 4, 2010

Mr. MCCAIN (for himself, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts, Mr. WICKER, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. LEMIEUX, Mr. SESSIONS, and Mr. VITTER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To provide for the interrogation and detention of enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States, to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents for such acts, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010'.

SEC. 2. PLACEMENT OF SUSPECTED UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS IN MILITARY CUSTODY.


The bill is a year old... but it is still out there... and in committee.

It is clear that some Congressmen may be worried about Americans who oppose certain government policies. Those people opposing government policies that they deem unconstitutional or tyrannical could have reason to be concerned now about whether they will by this type of legislation be branded not just "extremists" (as they were in the MIAC report) but as "dangerous extremists" who will, as a result of this legislation, lose their rights to a trial and who can be interrogated at government whim.

John McCain (R-Ariz) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) put forth this legislation which grants the president, with his sole authority as commander in chief, the power to order the arrest, interrogation, and imprisonment of anyone -- including a U.S. citizen -- indefinitely, on the sole suspicion that he or she is affiliated with some vague definition of "terrorism".

Who or what is a terrorist will be solely the determination of those in charge.

So far, this bill has only been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee -- but the fact that this unconstitutional piece of legislation is in any committee at all is quite alarming.

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