Saturday, July 25, 2009

And what a lovely precedent

Dick Cheney, David Addington and John Yoo wanted America to go full Banana Republic, which is really an insult to Honduras and Bananas:

Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials.

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

And then it gets even more assholish:

Former officials said the 2002 debate arose partly from Justice Department concerns that there might not be enough evidence to arrest and successfully prosecute the suspects in Lackawanna. Mr. Cheney, the officials said, had argued that the administration would need a lower threshold of evidence to declare them enemy combatants and keep them in military custody.

So Cheney wanted to set a precedent that in AMERICA when you didn't have enough evidence to arrest someone, you could just declare people something else and send in the military within AMERICA and detain them indefinitely.

So no law but plenty of order.


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