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I actually posted some thoughts on this new Military Commissions Act of 2006 that the president just signed into law on my more politically leaning blog, Impeachment and Other Dreams, but it bears noting on every blog, history book page, and scrap of paper in America that yesterday, the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution were taken away.
Basically, from now on, if the government chooses to label you an "enemy combatant" or as a person who's given "material aid" to terrorist groups, you will be disappeared. As in "made to go away for a very long time and it's not to summer camp either." You will not have the right to even question your imprisonment. You will not have the right to see the "evidence" the government has compiled to prove their "case."
I recently read the first three books of Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, and I have to tell you that what is happening now sounds very much like what happened in Russia in the last century.
Last year, Bush supposedly said that the Constitution was "just a goddamned piece of paper." I guess the stupidest man ever to hold public office is finally right about something. Hope he's happy.