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    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Arrested for Disagreeing

    As set forth in this article, even before the passage of the Military Commissions Act, which allows the President the discretion to declare anyone including American citizens to be an enemy combatant and detain them indefinitely, Dick Cheney apparently had someone arrested for "assault" and/or "harrassment" for walking up and telling him that he did not approve of the administration's policies regarding Iraq.

    This man was arrested and charged, and then local authorities dropped the charges three weeks later.

    But now that the law allows the President to declare someone like this man to be an enemy combatant, if this were to happen now, he could be detained for this conduct, not charged, and held indefinitely.

    And while you might say, "Oh, well they wouldn't do that!" Well, apparently they did have this guy arrested, just for exercising his First Amendment Rights. It is chilling that telling the vice president that you disapprove of administration policy would cause you to be arrested, taken to jail, and charged -- even if the charges are later dropped. And it is breathtaking that under the new law, you could be arrested, taken to jail-- without being charged, without a hearing -- and left to rot.

    Comments on "Arrested for Disagreeing"

     

    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (2:57 PM, October 04, 2006) : 

    I have said it before and I will say it again. How did you people (whoever you are) vote for this team of shit heals twice?
    I hope that everyone who voted for this mess gets to enjoy the rapign of our civil rights first hand.
    You should be taxed three times as much as me to have to pay for all the damage you helped cause. Shame on you all.

     

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