McCain’s S3081 strips American’s of their 5th and 6th Amendment Rights
Who needs the current Administration and Congressional Democrats violating our rights when Sen. McCain can do it for them? A close reading of S3081, the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010″, introduced by Sen. John McCain would allow the U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without being charged with a crime, without being read a Miranda warning, without trial, without access to their 5th and 6th Amendment rights and without their rights under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution based on suspected activity.
It would require these “belligerents” to be coded as “high-value detainee[s]” to be held in military custody and interrogated for their intelligence value by a High-Value Detainee Interrogation Team established by the president. The bill asks the President to determine criteria for designating an individual as a “high-value detainee” if he/she: (1) poses a threat of an attack on civilians or civilian facilities within the U.S. or U.S. facilities abroad; (2) poses a threat to U.S. military personnel or U.S. military facilities; (3) potential intelligence value; (4) is a member of al Qaeda or a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda or (5) such other matters as the President considers appropriate.
Who do you think will be defined as “high value detainees” given that Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has determined that rightwing activists (ex-military, gun owners, Tea Party member, etc.) pose the highest risks of internal “terrorism”?