American Tyranny


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It’s a shameful day for the court system in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that foreigners held by the U.S. military may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

The ruling upholds a part of the Military Commissions Act passed by Congress last year at George W. Bush’s request. The law effectively eliminates the right of habeas corpus for so-called “illegal combatants” in the American Terror War and allows the CIA to use “aggressive” interrogation. Once a foreigner becomes a prisoner of the American military, he has no access to the civilian courts, no rights under the Constitution. He is at the mercy of his captors, for as long as they decide to keep him.

We already know what happens when the American military is given that kind of power: torture and death. It’s happened at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, it’s happened at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and it’s happened at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This is the American Way in 2007.

— Gregory Flannery

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2 Comments on “American Tyranny”


  1. Although you say it sarcastically “Once a foreigner becomes a prisoner of the American military (in War), he has no access to the civilian courts (in War), no rights under the Constitution (never did).” Of course they should have rights as defined under the UN Human Rights Charter but not under our constitution, which most who we are fighting would destroy if they could.

    “for so-called “illegal combatants”” Greg, these are not American citizens and like the 30 million illegals here do not have the right to claim the same rights as American citizens under American courts.

    The American Way in 2007 is to win the War on Terror although we may lose the battle in Iraq. of course you could be among those who believe that we can just come home and that those we are fighting will not come to visit.

    Greg from your posting you have never lived in north Africa or been at war. It is not a place of human rights. The purpose of War is destroy your enemy and bend their will to yours. Yes we have had cases of torture in the field as a matter of policy. At least in this country if people feel as you do Greg we have a process to address these issues, but the Democrats took that off the table when they came to power in congress.


  2. Although you say it sarcastically “Once a foreigner becomes a prisoner of the American military (in War), he has no access to the civilian courts (in War), no rights under the Constitution (never did).” Of course they should have rights as defined under the UN Human Rights Charter but not under our constitution, which most who we are fighting would destroy if they could.

    “for so-called “illegal combatants”” Greg, these are not American citizens and like the 30 million illegals here do not have the right to claim the same rights as American citizens under American courts.

    The American Way in 2007 is to win the War on Terror although we may lose the battle in Iraq. of course you could be among those who believe that we can just come home and that those we are fighting will not come to visit.

    Greg from your posting you have never lived in north Africa or been at war. It is not a place of human rights. The purpose of War is destroy your enemy and bend their will to yours. Yes we have had cases of torture in the field as a matter of policy. At least in this country if people feel as you do Greg we have a process to address these issues, but the Democrats took that off the table when they came to power in congress.


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