It is now more important than ever for Congress to immediately repeal the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
The Washington DC Circuit Court of appeals has denied detainees at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detentions in U.S. court. The decision is based on the Military Commissions Act, which states that any person deemed an unlawful combatant by the president, or anyone to whom he gives that authority, can be forcibly abducted, detained, and interrogated indefinitely without any access to due process of law and can be convicted by a military tribunal (not a jury) without being present at the tribunal to defend themselves.
Of course most of the media outlets reporting this court decision are failing to mention that the Military Commissions Act applies to U.S. citizens as well.
Luckily our laws are set up so that if this ever happens to an American citizen, they can appeal to the court system…
Well, you know, AFTER they've been released from custody because while they're in custody, they would have no access to the outside world, let alone a lawyer...
But let's not forget that the Military Commissions Act provides that they can be held indefinately.
I just cannot understand why more people are not FREAKING OUT about this!