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Today, we're one small step closer to Soviet-style tyranny

Future historians will marvel at the power and ruthlessness of the Bush administration. Despite being weak in support and approval from voters, Bush and the rubber-stamp Republican congress (helped along by willing Democrats) were able to gut key provisions in the Constitution, destroying protections to our individual liberties that the Founders risked their lives to enshrine into our way of life:

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 eliminates the right of Habeas Corpus for detainees who could be held for years without charge, and guts enforcement of the Geneva Conventions. The law allows detainees to be sentenced to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses. And, it grants officials in the Bush Administration a retroactive "get out of jail free" card for war crimes.
It makes no difference anymore if you are a citizen; you, too, can be arrested and detained indefinitely, based on the whim of the chief executive of the United States of America.

If you're OK with that, then vote for the Republicans. If you think this is horribly wrong and hope to see it somehow reversed, vote for the Democrats. There's no guarantee we can strike this down -- the SCOTUS being stacked now with supporters of Soviet style tyranny. But we can try.

P.S. Bush wastes no time, does he?

Moving quickly to implement the bill signed by President Bush this week that authorizes military trials of enemy combatants, the administration has formally notified the U.S. District Court here that it no longer has jurisdiction to consider hundreds of habeas corpus petitions filed by inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
And, Sean Hannity, let's get one thing straight: the president is not sworn to "protect the people" of the United States. He is sworn to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Founders understood the importance of the principles this country was founded on and they wanted us to remember as well. But I'm afaid that too many of us have forgotten.


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