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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

You, Too, Can Be An "Unlawful Enemy Combatant"

Under the so-called "compromise," US citizens can be "detained" as "unlawful enemy combatants." Nothing new, of course; the Bush Administration has always argued that the President can, on his sole authority, not subject to limitation by Congress or review by the courts, arrest American citizens on American soil and lock them up for their rest of their natural lives, with no access to a lawyer or a judge, no charges ever being filed, and no notice to their families that they've even been arrested--I mean, "detained." My only question for my Republican colleagues is: would you trust Hillary Clinton with that kind of power? If the answer is anything other than "yes," then NO president should have that kind of power.

UPDATE: From MediaMatters, more on the President's power to lock you up forever just 'cause he feels like it. And Tom Burka demonstrates the absurdity of negotiating with a President who thinks he's pharaoh.

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