Are We Truly Paying Enough Attention…
…to the havoc that could potentially be wreaked by the Military Commissions Act of 2006?
This video clip from MSNBC from a couple of weeks ago has me not only concerned and scared, but also feeling a bit sad. How many potentially dynamic and vibrant voices will silence themselves now, because of the threat of being labeled an “enemy combatant”? How many potentially revolutionary forces for change have we already lost becuase someone was afraid to voice their viewpoint in public?
The law apparently already:
“…allows CIA agents to torture prisoners, ends access to federal courts for individuals the president designates as “enemy combatants” and sets up tribunals that deny due process to defendants accused of terrorism. The new law also “legalizes” the CIA’s secret prisons, allows indefinite imprisonment without charge and considers individuals in its control guilty until proven innocent.”
Classified evidence? An eradication of habeas corpus? Now the government is seeking to allow only four face-to-face meetings between a prisoner and her or his defense? What is this?
Asking the question as a media critique: is this truly being given the attention it deserves?