Without charge, without lawyers, forever

Does Constitution apply to enemy combatant on U.S. soil? – CNN.com:

To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president’s wartime powers, one that goes beyond warrantless wiretapping or monitoring banking transactions. Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a resident and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.

It may be that al-Marri was planning another terrorist attack, but that’s not the point. The point is that he has been imprisoned on such charges because the government says so. He has no access to a lawyer, habeas corpus does not apply (because the gov’t says so), and he will be held that way until they decide to do something else with him. The real question is: Does Constitution apply to anyone on U.S. soil?

I ask you, Republicans and Democrats, is this the kind of power you want a single individual to have? A single individual such as any of the current mainstream presidential candidates? Or the current president? Anyone?

via The Agitator

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