In the late 60's and early 70's there were hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to protest the Viet Nam War. The Nixon government response at the time was very similar to the government response to dissent today. The FBI infiltrated student groups opposed to the war, marched in demonstrations with them and took pictures of demonstrators. Backgrounds were scrutinized and files were kept. There were probably illegal phone taps as well. The paranoia on the college campuses was deep and widespread. Students who wouldn't have normally become involved suddenly sat up and took interest in what their government and local police authorities were doing. That paranoia was child's play. In those days the Bill of Rights was still a part of the Constitution and any half-witted lawyer could get you out of trouble for peacefully participating in a demonstration.
In October, 2006, if you were to march in protest against the Iraq War, you could be considered an enemy combatant, stripped of all legal rights, transported to a foreign country for interrogation and/or incarcerated for years without a charge being filed against you. That is how open to interpretation the Military Commissions Act of 2006 is. No lawyer can get you out of it because it is law and you won't even be able to see your lawyer in the first place. Perhaps the Act could have been worded better? Yes, but I think they worded it exactly how they wanted it to give them as much leeway as possible in circumventing the Bill Of Rights.
This is true, this is fact. If you are against the Iraq War you CAN be considered as an enemy combatant according to the exact wording of this Act. As it stands, one-half of the American population could be considered enemy combatants. And who makes the decision if you are an enemy combatant? The Executive Branch of the US Government...one man.
Now that's REAL paranoia.
Paranoid? You Betcha!
Published: October 19, 2006, 4:17 pm