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Yet again, the administration insists that it can simply label a US-born citizen an “enemy combatant” and then literally lock them up and throw away the key. No trial. No lawyer. No charge of a crime. From the Post:

Some legal scholars yesterday compared the filing to arguments used by the government during World War II to intern thousands of Japanese Americans as alleged security threats, and they warned that President Bush is seeking unfettered authority to lock up U.S. citizens with no external review.

“This is really an astounding assertion of authority,” said David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor. “It’s not just that you have no right to a lawyer, it’s that you have no right to even have a hearing. . . . If that is true, then there is really no limit to the president’s power to label U.S. citizens as bad people and then have them held in military custody indefinitely.”

Why more people aren’t angry about this is beyond me. These are (at times) US citizens who the state has determined can no longer enjoy the protection of the constitution.

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Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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