So…Joseph Lieberman introduces this and then says he won’t be seeking reelection this year? That’s a real smooth move, Joe. Actually, it might be a smart decision, but it’s too late. We’re already fucked. We didn’t need him to join in the fun.
Who gets to define what encompasses a belligerent act? Who defines what a terrorist is?
Oh, yes. It’s the government, isn’t it? Perfect. If someone says something the government doesn’t like, well…it sounds like that someone can be labeled as belligerent for exercising their right to free speech. It’s a convenient way to shut down any opposition to anything, isn’t it? Doesn’t matter if you lean to the right or the left, does it?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this country is so fucked, it’s not even funny. Between this and the NDAA…and we didn’t even get a nice dinner first.
The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist. Winston Churchill, as quoted in In The Highest Degree Odious : Detention Without Trial in Wartime Britain (1992), by A. W. B. Simpson