The report by the London-based rights group contended that hundreds of suspected terrorists have been quietly handed over to the
, and detained at Bagram airbase in United States , Afghanistan and other locations. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Or as Claudio Cordone, Senior Director of Research at Amnesty International
puts it :
"The road to
very literally starts in Guantanamo ." Pakistan
Sohow will the Military Commissions Act keep you and I safer from terrorists?
- Expands the rules for what it means to be an enemy combatant to include people living in the
who are not citizens. U.S.
- Denies habeas corpus (the right to challenge ones detention) to detainees being held by the U.S.
- Gives the president final say on how to interpret Article 3 of the Geneva Convention that deals with “cruel and unusual punishment” and prohibits prisoners from filing suits if a violation of human rights has taken place.
- Grandfather’s in past cases of torture into this new definition that could have been challenged.
- Relaxes the rules so certain statements made under torture are admissible as testimony.
- Up holds secret and hearsay evidence in court.
The U.S. government is asking citizens to sacrifice a lot for the war on terror. But as long a the sacrifice only includes human rights and justice for beared foreigners being held at a prison on some far off island or secret CIA prison, then I guess that’s ok and its business as usual. I wonder what the out cry would be like if instead of straining the principals and rights this country was founded there was a bill passed by congress asking people to, say, ration gas or stop eating spinach to fight the war on terror. Would there be lots of media coverage and a public outcry then?