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Keith Olbermann on habeus corpus - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Oct. 23rd, 2006
11:38 am -
Keith Olbermann on habeus corpus
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October 23rd, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
they really didn't address the "alien" terminology here -- do you know if they bridged that in a previous show?
when i parsed through the signed bill (all the important laws cross my desk :) ) i noticed in the jurisdiction section that one clause simply said "unlawful enemy combatant" w/o the descriptor "alien." also, the bill doesn't outline in which order "alien" or "unlawful enemy combatant" they've got to determine first.
then there's how citizenship can be revoked, naturalized or not, and whether it necessarily requires a conviction (it doesn't always seem to).
but bush also doesn't have to follow this law to the letter. he'll create an executive directive or order giving his interpretation of this law. and that document we won't see because, by this MCA, anything bush or his proxy deems to be sensitive to fighting terrorism cannot be released to the public, even through subpeona. But I guess that's no surprise -- secrecy has been a GW Bush priority since he got into office, even before september 11 and despite laws to the contrary.
in the end, tho, they weren't bothered by habeus corpus before, citizen or not. they won't bother now. this seems like just a way to have some semblance of covering bush's ass since he's been doing this illegally since 2001.