The prize for the headline of the year goes to todayâ€™s Washington Post for the following gem:
The Post article on the military tribunal bill the Senates passed yesterdayÂ details some of the legal and procedural rights that people seized as â€œenemy combatantsâ€ will not possess.Â (Amnesty International has a good summary of the bill here).
The Post article gives the impression that only aliens have to fear being treatedÂ slightly better than East Bloc dissidents. But as a superb piece in yesterdayâ€™s Los Angeles Times by law professor Bruce Ackerman noted, the legislation â€œauthorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights.â€
When I clicked on the â€œprintâ€ version of the â€œabsent rightsâ€ article, the page on the Washington Post website included a hefty ad:Â â€œHelping to Deliver Air Dominance for the U.S. – the Lockheed Martin – Boeing – Pratt Whitney – F-22 Raptor.â€Â
Who the hell needs civil liberties when we have â€œair dominanceâ€?
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