President John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty."
And so to our point.
Article I, U.S. Constitution. Section 9 - Limits on Congress [...] "The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
The U.S. Supreme Court just got through deciding that the "war on terror" is neither a rebellion, nor an invasion, nor in any way justifies suspension of habeas corpus, period. Today's action by the GOP Senate is flatly unconstitutional: it is a direct assault on the American system itself.
From Glenn Greenwald ( http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/ ):
One could cite an infinite number of sources to demonstrate what a profound betrayal [the bill passed by the GOP Senate today] is of the fundamental promises of the American system of government. As Justice Jackson wrote in his concurring opinion in Brown v. Allen, 344 U.S. 443, 533 (1953): Executive imprisonment has been considered oppressive and lawless since John, at Runnymede [1215 EV, signing of Magna Carta], pledged that no free man should be imprisoned, dispossessed, outlawed, or exiled save by the judgment of his peers or by the law of the land. The judges of England developed the writ of habeas corpus largely to preserve these immunities from executive restraint.
Thomas Jefferson, in his letter to Thomas Paine, 1789. ME 7:408, Papers 15:269, said: "I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."
And Patrick Henry warned us well in advance about Government officials who would seek to claim the right to imprison people without a trial: "Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings--give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else! ...Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel."
Final thought -- this one from me:
Contrary to what you've been hearing, the primary responsibility of every U.S. officeholder is to the Constitution; each swears to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic."
You can imagine, I suppose, what I think of officeholders who choose to betray that oath.
So, anyhow, that's pretty much why I'm this way. I expect I'll be saying more later.
93 93/93 -- AJ