The Global Police State Agenda has been enacted using 9/11 as an excuse. Three years after 9/11, the Globalist Totalitarian Agenda is shredding what's left of the Common Law, all the way back to the Magna Carta.
On the heels of the wildly popular USA Patriot Act (passed with a little help of US Army anthrax in the Anthrax Attacks), followed by the Homeland Security Act, there is now new totalitarian legislation being passed under the guise of implementing the 9/11 Ommission's recommendations.
These measures include the legalisation of the practice of rendering Canadians (and other aliens) to countries that practice torture, as was done to Arar,Maher when he stopped in NYC on a flight back to Canada. The legislation explicitly revises US law to remove the applicability of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1 to anyone John Ashcroft decides is a terrorist.
American citizens may also want to consider the case of Yaser Hamdi, who until recently was a US citizen. Hamdi was seized by the Northern Alliance in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan and handed over to the Americans. He was then rendered to Guantanamo Bay, but three months later, it was discovered that he was a US citizen, whereupon he was transferred to a Naval brig in North Carolina. As with the other prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, we was held incommunicado without access to lawyers, and without a status hearing to determine if he was a combatant as required by the Geneva Conventions. A middle level Defense Department official simply asserted in writing to a court that he was an "enemy combatant", and all of his rights as a citizen then simply disappeared.
After almost 3 years his case was argued up to the US Supreme Court, which gave a general decision in favour of the detainees, but sent the specific case back down to the lower courts. In a diabolic bargain, Hamdi was released from custody by the US (In)Justice Department under 3 conditions:
No evidence of any kind was ever presented against him.
So in post-Orwellian America, any US citizen can be jailed almost indefinitely with no charges, and then may be let out if he or she renounces his or her citizenship and agrees to be deported. And if the 9/11 Ommission Act passes, the US government will decide what country he will be deported to, and who his torturers may be.
For more on the use of "enemy combatants" in US courts, see Secret Evidence.
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Stop HR 10 Before Congress Expands the War on Immigrants! Call Congress TODAY! See below for phone numbers.
In the past two weeks, right-wing members of Congress have tried to sneak horrible anti-immigrant measures past the public. These are not just any bills: If passed, they will be the biggest attack on immigrants in almost a decade.
Recently, both houses passed the "9/11 Commission Recommendations Implementation Act." The version passed in the House of Representatives -- HR 10 -- includes immigration amendments that were never part of the Commission's recommendations. Now, without further debate, against the wishes of the Commission, and with complete disregard for the rights of noncitizens, a group of 21 Senators and House members will conference behind closed doors and decide whether to keep the anti-immigrant amendments when it goes to President Bush to be signed into law.
HR 10 would strip the few rights that noncitizens enjoy under our Constitution, and tear millions more families apart. It would write into law inhumane practices the Department of Homeland Security has been using out of the public eye and would reverse the few, hard-fought gains in immigrant rights won over the last seven years. Specifically, the proposed law would:
As The Washington Post recently editorialized, with the elections only weeks away, the Republicans plan "to force Democrats either to accept policy they would otherwise oppose or to turn against the bill itself -- thereby letting Republicans brand them as weak on terrorism." We need your help NOW!
TAKE ACTION: CALL CONGRESS TODAY!
United for Peace and Justice urges you to take action to stop this major escalation of the war on immigrants! So far, House staffers have said that they have received 5000 comments in support of HR 10 and only 15 in opposition to it. If we act now, we can change what they are hearing!
CALL the members of Congress below and tell them:
"I want you to remove ALL the immigration provisions of HR10 from the final 9/11 Commission bill. The immigration provisions strip people of basic Constitutional rights, and will tear countless families apart without increasing national security."
In order of importance, call:
Senate Members of the Conference Committee:
House Members of the Conference Committee:
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