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 Act may be cited as the ‘‘Enemy Belligerent In5
terrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010’’.
SEC. 2. PLACEMENT OF SUSPECTED UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY
2 BELLIGERENTS IN MILITARY CUSTODY.
(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."
Labels: John McCain, political hackery