Friday, August 04, 2006

King George Continues Hating Freedom

Posted by codemorse

From the Washington Post:

A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such "commissions" to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to officials familiar with the proposal.

The plan, which would replace a military trial system ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June, would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will to those under the military court's jurisdiction. The two provisions would be likely to put more individuals than previously expected before military juries, officials and independent experts said.

The draft proposed legislation, set to be discussed at two Senate hearings today, is controversial inside and outside the administration because defendants would be denied many protections guaranteed by the civilian and traditional military criminal justice systems.

Under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors.

Detainees would also not be guaranteed the right to be present at their own trials, if their absence is deemed necessary to protect national security or individuals.

Now, you tell me - What's a greater threat to the freedoms we enjoy as Americans? Shit like this, or Mel Gibson's drunken DUI remarks?

No fair being flip. This is serious.


At 9:21 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Did I miss someone saying that Mel's comments threaten the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

I wouldn't feel too bad for him though, I think he'll be living comfortably for some time now, no matter what happens.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

No, just wondering about comparative media coverage. Which actually matters to America? It's not Gibson.

And I feel bad for Gibson like I feel bad for Limbaugh and his drug troubles. i.e.: not at all.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

All else being equal, celebrities are always granted primacy in media coverage.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

And that is, in part, why I require Tums to get through the news.

"Next, on NBC News...Tanorexia!"

At 10:40 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

And e nough about Mel fucking Gibson.

Your thoughts on this whole thing?

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

About the other stuff, I just need to learn more about it. Ever since law school, I never trust a journalist's take on the law. The more you know, the less you trust. But I will get back to you on it, I'm not just trying to punt on the bigger issue, because it's important.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

That's why I value your opinion.


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