Because this blog is more about
combating priapism than providing legal analysis, I direct your attention to Rising Hegemon, where attaturk neatly summarizes the full impact of the Military Commissions Act.
It's a shame so many people in this country think so little (or don't think at all) of their Constitutional rights or their country's history. As Mr. Olbermann noted in his brilliant, fiery comment last night:
We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who has said it is unacceptable to compare anything this country has ever done, to anything the terrorists have ever done.
We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who has insisted again that "the United States does not torture. It's against our laws and it's against our values" and who has said it with a straight face while the pictures from Abu Ghraib Prison and the stories of Waterboarding figuratively fade in and out, around him.
And if you somehow think Habeas Corpus has not been suspended for American citizens but only for everybody else, ask yourself this: If you are pulled off the street tomorrow, and they call you an alien or an undocumented immigrant or an "unlawful enemy combatant" — exactly how are you going to convince them to give you a court hearing to prove you are not? Do you think this Attorney General is going to help you?