Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Forget Gitmo - Bush Might Just Shoot Me

From this story at Political Cortex by empireburlesque:

On September 17, 2001, George W. Bush signed an executive order authorizing the use of "lethal measures" against anyone in the world whom he or his minions designated an "enemy combatant." This order remains in force today. No judicial evidence, no hearing, no charges are required for these killings; no law, no border, no oversight restrains them. Bush has also given agents in the field carte blanche to designate "enemies" on their own initiative and kill them as they see fit.

The existence of this universal death squad – and the total obliteration of human liberty it represents – has not provoked so much as a crumb, an atom, a quantum particle of controversy in the American Establishment, although it's no secret. The executive order was first bruited in the Washington Post in October 2001. I first wrote of it in my Moscow Times column in November 2001. The New York Times added further details in December 2002. That same month, Bush officials made clear that the dread edict also applied to American citizens, as the Associated Press reported.

Emphasis added. Links from the original story, so the "I" in the quote is whoever the hell empireburlesque is, and not Moody Loner.

Again, how can anyone who claims to believe in the Constitution of the United States of America condone this?

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