News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Bush Deprives American Citizens of All Rights
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

"Of all the post-Sept. 11 denials of civil liberties, the enemy combatant doctrine is among the worst. It gives the president untrammeled authority to lock up Americans merely by asserting that they are part of a terrorist plot."

New York Times  November 19, 2003

'Enemy Combatant' Sham

The complete article is currently (4/3/04) available on the New York Times website at--  http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/19/opinion/19WED3.html?ex=1081141200&en=6b8f9d7db8e09b35&ei=5070 [found through a Google search by article title on the above date]

Opening words--

The Bush administration insists that it can hold American citizens in secret as long as it wants, without access to lawyers, simply by calling them "enemy combatants." A New York federal appeals court heard a challenge to that policy this week by the so-called dirty bomber, Jose Padilla. The administration's position makes a mockery of the Constitution and puts every American's liberty at risk. It is important that the court strike it down, and give Mr. Padilla the rights he has been denied. ...

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/19/opinion/19WED3.html?tntemail1

Boston Globe

Undermining due process

Excerpt--

... Padilla is a US citizen arrested on US soil almost two years ago and declared by President Bush to be an "enemy combatant." Although no charges have been filed, Padilla has remained in a military brig, largely incommunicado.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit declared in December that the president lacks the inherent authority to detain a citizen in this fashion, thereby leading to an appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court in April. The notion of incarcerating a US citizen for a prolonged period, without filing charges, runs so counter to well-established constitutional rights as to be almost unimaginable. ....

If the entire United States is the battlefield for purposes of the war on terror, every citizen is now subject to the same threat of arrest and incarceration. In denying our federal judges the opportunity to serve in precisely the role that the Constitution intended, the Department of Justice and the president are not merely affecting the rights of a single individual, who may prove to be the scum of the earth. Rather, they are undermining every citizen's rights in the process. Rights that are denied to Padilla today may be denied to you or me or our children tomorrow. ...

Joan A. Lukey, a past president of the Boston Bar Association, is a senior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston.

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