During Dubya's visit to Mount Vernon on President's Day, he said something that seems to contradict legislation he signed.
I know. DUH! But I'm always amazed when he does it again. You'd think The Boy King would wise up and at least try to give the illusion that his words match his actions. All I can think of is that in his reality there's no conflict.
The statement that caught my ear was:
Today, we're fighting a new war to defend our liberty and our people and our way of life. And as we work to advance the cause of freedom around the world, we remember that the father of our country believed that the freedoms we secured in our revolution were not meant for Americans alone.
Click here to hear if straight from Dubya.
Click here for a full transcript of his comments.
That's a nice sentiment. However, these words came from the same man who signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. That bill states:
No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of an alien detained by the United States who has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination.
The word "alien", which is defined in that law as "a person who is not a citizen of the United States", clearly indicates that an American has more rights than a non-American.
Habeas corpus is the right to challenge charges against you in a court of law. It insures that you can't just have your freedom taken away with no legal options. This right has been associated with free societies dating back to the 12th century.
Suspension of habeas corpus by the Military Commissions Act allows us to keep foreign suspects in the War on Terror in jail for years without charging them with anything. No "innocent until proven guilty" for you, ya fuzzy little foreigner!
I'm sure this double standard, which allows the United States government to snatch away the freedom of non-citizens, is exactly what President Washington was talking about.
This is just one of many instances where Dubya demonstrates the Orwellian belief that "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Wahoo, Napoleon!
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