Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Another Asinins Pronouncement from Our Government

Say what? This very under-reported story: In response to the Senate Armed Services Committee reporting out legislation that may give alleged terrorist detainees more rights than the Administration wants, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was quoted as saying that, since the President can hold enemy combatants "as long as he wants" it essentially did not matter whether the Congress enacted legislation requiring due process or not, since the President could essentially just decline to give anyone any hearings at all. Where’s the outrage about this claim? Where does the President claim this power from? His presumed dictatorial powers as ‘commander in chief”? If this is so, then all our Constitutional protections are set at naught, since the administration has already tried to classify American citizens and those arrested on American soil as “enemy combatants” and by this not entitled to habeas corpus or a speedy, let alone public trial, or to confront accusers. I cannot believe the Congress has not strongly condemned this arrogance.
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