Treason: Who Decides?

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 subverts who we are as Americans. Beware.

But George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, and Robert Mueller are not editors of the Sun, and have already shown their devotion to the authority of "the unitary executive" (embodied by the president) to override such American laws as the War Crimes Act and its punishments for CIA violations thereof, the Constitution itself, and international treaties.

Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift: "Any of us can be 'unlawful enemy combatants.' "
photo: Alan Diaz/AP Photo
Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift: "Any of us can be 'unlawful enemy combatants.' "

In a coming column I will carefully, avoiding paranoia and reverse agitprop, examine—in the case of another 9-11—the prospects for treason trials of Americans under the presumptions of guilt embedded in the new law for "supporters" of terrorists. Included will be the history, since 2002, of preparations for the internment camps here—as reported on August 8, 2002, by the Wall Street Journal, and not denied, at the time or since by the Bush Justice Department.

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