Military Commissions Act of 2006

Full text of this horrendous law can be found Here.

Great commentary provided on the MCA 2006 provided by Keith Olbermann

There has already been enough discussion about how this law totally destroys habeas corpus, so I thought I would point out just a few of the other dangerous sections of this pile of crap.

First up: Section 950j (b)

TIONS.—Except as otherwise provided in this chapter,
and notwithstanding any other law (including section
2241 of title 28, United States Code, or any other habeas
corpus provision), no court, justice, or judge shall have
jurisdiction to hear or consider any claim or cause of action whatsoever, including any action pending on or filed
after the date of enactment of this chapter, relating to the
prosecution, trial, or judgment of a military commission
convened under this section, including challenges to the
lawfulness of the procedures of military commissions
under this chapter.

What this effectively does is forbid any judge in any court from challenging this law or the legality of it. AG Alberto “Mecha” Gonzales has already warned federal judges not to interfere.

Section 948a (7)

term ‘unlawful enemy combatant’ means an individual determined by or under the authority of the
President or the Secretary of Defense

“(A) to be part of or affiliated with a
force or organization—including but not
limited to al Qaeda, the Taliban, any international terrorist organization, or associated
forces—engaged in hostilities against the

United States or its co-belligerents in violation of the law of war;
“(B) to have committed a hostile act
in aid of such a force or organization so engaged; or
“(C) to have supported hostilities in
aid of such a force or organization so engaged

This effectively gives the President & Sec. of Defense the power to delcare anyone and everyone an enemy combatant without providing any evidence whatsoever.

Heres an interview with Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley to further prove this point:

One could go on and on about how detrimental this “law” is to the Constitution but just remember this: They also said the Patriot Act wouldnt be used in cases that didnt involve terrorism. How would they explain this or this ?


~ by antifed on October 29, 2006.

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