America hasn't been itself since the Supreme Court violated the Constitution and declared George W. Bush the nation's ruler. Now, however, the GOP has driven what may well be the final nail in the coffin of what used to be the United States.
George W. Bush now has the power to legally torture prisoners, with no danger he will be prosecuted for it. The U.S. Senate voted, 65-34, to allow the dictator to torture people who have not been charged with any crime, and who are now in U.S. custody, at Guantanamo Bay and other, secret prisons around the world.
The "Military Commissions Act of 2006" allows such torture methods as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, stress positions, and induced hypothermia--freezing a prisoner. It also sets a double standard wherein military personnel may be tried for war crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) while allowing CIA personnel and contracted torturers to be free from prosecution.
Not only does the new law allow Bush to get away with authorizing the torture of prisoners, retroactively I might add, it strips away the right of habeus corpus wherein prisoners are entitled to a trial in open court. They now may legally be tried on the basis of secret, probably fabricated evidence; detained indefinitely without charge; essentially disappeared.
According to the Reuters article, Republicans killed an effort by Democrats to restore many of the rights stripped away by the bill. The House of Representatives voted 253-168, mostly along party lines but sickeningly with 34 alleged "Democrats" siding aganist their country, in favor of Bush's torture legalization bill.
Bush has managed to place two cronies on the Supreme Court, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who will support his fascist policies when they get to court. And this detainee bill will go to court. And that's where Bush's little bitches get to tell America that it no longer has the right to exist, that Bush can do anything he wants because he's the king and we're all just here for his amusement. Whether the rest of the the nation's highest court agrees is what will determine the fate of what was once America. Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and the remaining members who declared Bush king in December 2000 are all ardent supporters of the regime. They have no regard for the Constitution or the rule of law. The question is, how far does their distain go?
To think that America's future hangs on how much a bunch of fascists can stomach the excesses of one of their own, should outrage all true Americans. There is no better reason, those of you who are True Americans, to vote the GOP and the turncoat Democrats out of office in November. The only thing now capable of stopping the Bush regime in its tracks, short of Revolution, is the vote of True Americans this November for Democrats running opposed to the regime and its war in Iraq.
God help America...