November 3, 2006
Editor's Note: Below are readers' comments about some of our recent stories:
Ly in upstate NY
The one thing missing from your story and to me the crux of the whole story is, ...the why.
In a country with an experience of censorship and a more
history of political intrigue than we have had, it would be obvious
that alQ wants a continuation of present U.S. policies, as in late
2004 when the big man sent out a videotape ostensibly in favor of
electing the Democrats. By the same logic, would we be surprised to
witness a tape surfacing in the next week attacking our rulers?
The problem is the American people are, indeed, stupid...how else
a psychotic, ignorant, sycophant and aparatchick theocrat rise to such level
of incompetence. The only real answer is with any rabid dog, out of
control...shoot on sight!!!
I realize this is a little late-due to a variety of
been way behind lately. But I wanted to add my US$.02 worth to your
fine October 19 article: "Who Is 'Any Person' in Tribunal Law?". This
is from my latest Express column which is clearly partially inspired
and informed by your recent writing.
"One of the most prominent features of the Military Commissions Act
(M.C.A.) is Section 7(e) which denies the right of habeas corpus- the
constitutional protection against illegal imprisonment. Those of us who
are American citizens may be personally untroubled by this, assuming
that our status guarantees protection by our government of our
inalienable rights. But the M.C.A. grants jurisdiction of military
commissions not only over alien unlawful enemy combatants but over
unlawful enemy combatants as well. Moreover, this particular status
is to be determined by a ...tribunal established under the authority
of the President or the Secretary of Defense. (Sec. 948d(c)).
The M.C.A. (Section 950v (26)) also specifically extends jurisdiction
of military tribunals to any person...who, in breach of an allegiance
or duty to the United states knowingly and intentionally aids an enemy
of the United States... Since aliens owe no allegiance to the United
States this means that the M.C.A. refers to all of us, aliens and
citizens alike. Until and if the courts overturn this abominable
legislation we are all potentially subject to the jurisidiction of a
military commission. And exactly how inalienable our rights such as
habeas corpus really are will depend on how we may be classified by a
tribunal appointed by George W. Bush or by Donald Rumsfeld."
Thanks, as always for all your good work.
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