Friday, November 03, 2006

Tennessee Delegation Did Not Oppose the Military Commission Act's Equally Evil Twin

The day that George Bush signed the Military Commissions Act in a public ceremony, he also signed--in a private White House ceremony--the Defense Authorization Act of 2007, which permits the President far-reaching martial-law powers over states and over U.S. citizens than the constitutional balance of powers allows. Under this law, the president can station troops anywhere in the country and federalize and commandeer state troops without getting permission from Governors.

According to Frank Morales:
The law also facilitates militarized police round-ups and detention of protesters, so called "illegal aliens," "potential terrorists" and other "undesirables" for detention in facilities already contracted for and under construction by Halliburton. That's right. Under the cover of a trumped-up "immigration emergency" and the frenzied militarization of the southern border, detention camps are being constructed right under our noses, camps designed for anyone who resists the foreign and domestic agenda of the Bush administration.
Morales maintains that this act unravels all laws protecting Americans from the federal government using military force against them whenever and whereever it dictates martial law-at-will.

And how did the Tennessee delegation vote on this assault on popular sovereignty? No Tennessean voted against it. Harold Ford, Jr. did not vote. Jim Cooper, the only Tennessean to vote against the Military Commissions Act, voted for it.

So, explain to me again how when Democrats retake Congress things will be different? How are these Democrats going to stop abdicating congressional power to the President?


  1. Even the few who spoke out against it still voted for it.

    I am stunned by the lack of concern in Congress for these types of re-writing this country's fundamental laws.

    And other than a few blog sites, the press has let this slide past with zero concern as well.

    Another shameful deception, another abdication as you said. Not only how but when will this power grab be challenged??

  2. It's increasingly clear to me that the press is not nearly ballsy enough to cover this travesty. They swarm to sensation and hover around pitch and remain mere extensions of the dark-rooted partisan interest du jour. Their independence is nil.