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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Somehow I don't think we'll see Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, or the militia types detained under this
Posted by Jill | 5:05 AM
Somehow I don't think that abortion clinic bombers, the murderers of doctors at those clinics, old Nazi sympathizers who shoot people at the Holocaust museum, people who go to Obama appearances carrying guns and wearing T-shirts proclaiming that the "the tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants" (except that Thomas Jefferson has just been expunged from Texas textbooks), Michele Bachmann, and Glenn Beck aren't what John McCain has in mind when he introduced this bill this month:
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Enemy Belligerent In5
terrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010’’.


(a) MILITARY CUSTODY REQUIREMENT.—Whenever within the United States, its territories, and possessions, or outside the territorial limits of the United States, an individual is captured or otherwise comes into the custody or under the effective control of the United States who is suspected of engaging in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners through an act of terrorism, or by other means in violation of the laws of war, or of purposely and materially supporting such hostilities, and who may be an unprivileged enemy belligerent, the individual shall be placed in military custody for purposes of initial interrogation and determination of status in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

I wonder who's going to be classified as an "unprivileged enemy belligerent"? I suspect that John McCain will continue to regard people advocating that the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader and the President be killed as patriots, and this bill won't kick in against Americans until a Republican is in the White House. Then we can go back to the good old days of arresting PEACEFUL, UNARMED protesters and kids in T-shirts reading "BU$HIT."

Oh yeah, and the bill also niftily defines "high-value detainee" and codifies in law that these individuals, presumably including the kids in T-shirts after a Republican is in iffice, NOT be subject to the Miranda decision.

And you wonder why we think John McCain is nothing but a craven political opportunist whose reputation for being a "mavericky" sensible pragmatic patriot is completely undeserved? We wonder why he's so regularly fellated on the air by David Gregory and his ilk. Because this piece of "legislation" screams only "I HAVE A TEABAGGER PRIMARY OPPONENT AND I HAVE TO SHOW HOW TOUGH I AM...BECAUSE RETAINING MY SEAT TRUMPS EVERYTHING, INCLUDING EVERYTHING THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
McCain is one sick puppy. As a gigolo to his rich wife, he seems to be up to par.

Although he cannot count how many houses his wife has, he must still prove that he can count.

Wish someone at a interview would ask him the name of the Vietnamese peasant that saved his life when he crashed in Vietnam.

I'll bet $100 to a penny that he doesn't know.

With intelligence, empathy or any real emotional feelings totally repressed.

I would knock him for his VP choice, except that the other party ran Joe Lieberman for VP in 2000.

Both parties have to go.

Blogger casey said...
Hello Jill,

Just remember IOKIYAR. That's all we need to know.