Bill Of Rights

Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review by Glenn Greenwald

 www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/05/21/bagram/index.html 

 

Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review

Reuters/Jonathon Burch
A detainee holding cell is pictured at the detention centre at the U.S. Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul.

(updated below - Update II)

Few issues highlight Barack Obama's extreme hypocrisy the way that Bagram does. As everyone knows, one of George Bush’s most extreme policies was abducting people from all over the world -- far away from any battlefield -- and then detaining them at Guantanamo with no legal rights of any kind, not even the most minimal right to a habeas review in a federal court.  Back in the day, this was called "Bush's legal black hole."  In 2006, Congress codified that policy by enacting the Military Commissions Act, but in 2008, the Supreme Court, in Boumediene v. Bush, ruled that provision unconstitutional, holding that the Constitution grants habeas corpus rights even to foreign nationals held at Guantanamo.  Since then, detainees havewon 35 out of 48 habeas hearings brought pursuant to Boumediene, on the ground that there was insufficient evidence to justify their detention.

Holder: Miranda may need changes for terrorists

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jAz5HTbaFcgiGhmbogdxlE2QCDzQD9FJFQLO0
Holder: Miranda may need changes for terrorists
By STEVEN R. HURST (AP) – 8 hours ago

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Times Square bombing plot, the Obama administration said on Sunday it wants to work with Congress on possible limitations of the constitutional rights afforded terrorism suspects — even for American citizens.

Attorney General Eric Holder said changes may be needed to allow law enforcement more time to question suspected terrorists before they are told about their Miranda rights to a lawyer and to remain silent under interrogation.

As the nation debates how to proceed against terrorist attacks, particularly as they have become the work of individuals who are difficult to detect in advance, the administration has been heavily criticized for reading Miranda rights to suspects in the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a plane heading for Detroit and the May 1 Times Square plot.

Terrorism has presented all sides in the debate with a delicate balancing act, protecting the rights of the individuals accused of terrorism while also attending to public safety.

Constitution Signing Street Action 17 July 2008

public officials swear an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.
but private citizens swear no such oath.
maybe this is a way to make the broad public think that someone is looking after their interests when they are not.
maybe if people were asked voluntarily to sign the same oath they would feel more responsibility and more of a duty to hold their elected officials accountable.
maybe.
anyway, that is the idea here and we had some fun with it in Los Angeles last nite.

Truthers And Ron Paul-ers Have Successful Constitution Signing Street Action - Hollywood, CA

There were about 14 of us and we got our job done. It's a project to go out on the 17th of every month to commemorate the ratification of the US Constitution on 17 Sept 1789 and get people to reaffirm their love for American freedom and liberty as guaranteed in the Constitution. In other words, to go out there and find out who cares and remind people that they should care.
Here is the video of the activites of 17 June 2008 and below it is the activities of 17 May 2008. A very different outcome!

GARKO
http://meetthetruthers.com

Senate and Neocons Agree to Carve Up Bill of Rights

From the site Another day in the empire.

http://adereview.com/blog/
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15th of February '08

It’s now official, the entire Senate is criminally complicit in undermining the Fourth Amendment.

“Senate Democrats and Republicans reached agreement with the Bush administration yesterday on the terms of new legislation to control the federal government’s domestic surveillance program, which includes a highly controversial grant of legal immunity to telecommunications companies that have assisted the program, according to congressional sources,” reports the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post.

Liberties lost

Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-ed.fourth04jul04,0,3171162.story?track=mostviewedlink

From the Baltimore Sun

Liberties lost

July 4, 2007

Besides all his other gifts, Thomas Jefferson appears to have been prophetic.

In his first presidential inaugural address in 1801, he ticked off a long list of essential principles of government, featuring highlights of the Bill of Rights, and called preservation of the government "in its whole constitutional vigor" the "anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad." These principles "should be the creed of our political faith," he said. "Should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety."

Guns & Butter 1pm Pacific Time - Today - The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Guns & Butter
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 1:00pm

The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Interview with President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, on this Fourth of July 2007. Where are we now? Host Bonnie Faulkner goes through these three documents with Michael Ratner and discusses their decimation by the Bush Administration, post 9/11.

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