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The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act

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The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act
The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act stipulates that Americans would have no right to "Miranda warnings or defense lawyers and pending final determination, detainees "shall be treated as unprivileged enemy belligerent(s)
If enacted, it will advance what this writer addressed in a December 2007 article titled, "Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead," covering numerous Bush administration laws, Executive Orders (EOs), National and Homeland Security Presidential Directives, edicts, and various illegal acts targeting designated domestic and foreign adversaries, dissent, civil liberties, human rights, and other democratic freedoms.

Straightaway post-9/11, George Bush signed a secret finding empowering the CIA to "Capture, Kill or Interrogate Al-Qaeda Leaders." He also authorized establishing a covert global gulag to detain and interrogate them without guidelines on proper treatment.

The 2006 Military Commissions Act authorized torture and sweeping unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate and prosecute alleged suspects and collaborators (including US citizens), hold them (without evidence) indefinitely in military prisons, and deny them habeas and other legal protections.

Section 1031 of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act contained the 2009 Military Commissions Act, listing changes that include discarding the phrase "unlawful enemy combatant" for "unprivileged enemy belligerent."

Seamlessly, Obama continues Bush administration practices and added others, including:
- greater than ever surveillance;
- ruthless political persecutions;
- preventively detaining individuals ordered released - "who cannot be prosecuted," he said, "yet who pose a clear danger to the American people;"
- a secret "hit list" authorizing CIA and Pentagon operatives to kill US citizens abroad based on unsubstantiated evidence they're involved in alleged plots against America or US interests;
- weaker whistleblower protections;
- state secrets privilege to block lawsuits by victims of rendition, torture, abuse or warrantless wiretapping; and
- other anti-democratic measures..

Now, the March 4 S. 3081: Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010 to interrogate and detain "enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents, and for other purposes."

On the Senate floor, John McCain explained it, saying "we still don't have a clear mechanism, legal structure, and implementing policy for dealing with terrorists who we capture in the (alleged) act of trying to bring about attacks on the United States and our national security interests at home and abroad."

These suspects have no right to "Miranda warnings and defense lawyers. Instead, the priority and focus must be on isolating and neutralizing the immediate threat and collecting intelligence to prevent" any attacks.

"I (also) believe we must establish a system for long-term detention of terrorists who are too dangerous to release, but who cannot be tried in a civilian court" because no evidence exists to convict them.

At a March 4 press conference, Senator Joe Lieberman told reporters:

"These are not common criminals. They are war criminals. Anyone we capture in this war should be treated as a prisoner of war, held by the military, interrogated for information that will protect Americans and help us win this war and then where appropriate, tried not in a normal federal court where criminals are tried but before a military commission."
S. 3081 Provisions

The bill imposes harsh police state measures, including: targeting anyone worldwide, including US citizens, "suspected of engaging in (or materially supporting) hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners through an act of terrorism, or by other means...;" placing such individuals "in military custody for purposes of initial interrogation and determination of status in accordance with the provisions of this Act;" transporting them to intelligence officials for more interrogation; determining who may be a "high-value detainee (HVD);" further interrogating those individuals by a "High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HVIG)....utiliz(ing) military and intelligence personnel, and Federal, State, and local law enforcement personnel....;" having HVIGs submit their determination to the Defense Secretary and Attorney General after consulting with the Directors of National Intelligence, FBI, and CIA. "The Secretary of

Defense and Attorney General (will then) make a final determination and report (it) to the President and the appropriate committees of Congress. In the case of any disagreement between the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General, the President will make the determination;" designating seized individuals "unprivileged enemy belligerent(s);" denying them Miranda rights: deciding on a "Final (status) Determination" within 48 hours, "to the extent practicable;" letting the President establish HVD interrogation group operations and activities, including whether detainees "meet the criteria for treatment as a high-value detainee for purposes of interrogation....," including the potential threat held individuals pose: for an attack against America, its citizens, US military personnel or facilities; their potential intelligence value; membership in or affiliation with Al Qaeda; and "such other matters as the President considers appropriate."

Rest of the article:
Link: [link to www.baltimorechronicle.com]
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04/01/2010 01:58 PM
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Re: The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act
McCain is a piece of shit just like his father who was the Admiral that covered up the USS Liberty attacks. Joe Lieberman is a zionist orthodox jew piece of shit. Enough said.

You fucking idiots are the ones who elect these people and then complain about it.
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Re: The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act
The Senate version of this bill is S.3081.