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Bush signs Military Commissions Act

Posted in Law + Social Policy, Politics + Diplomacy by expresscheckout on 21 October, 2006

War Machine Rolling Through City Street by John Craig 

President Bush Signs 2006 Military Commissions Act
Democracy Now! Headline
October 18, 2006

President Bush has signed into law one of the most controversial acts of his time in the White House. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 strips detainees of the right to file habeas corpus petitions to challenge their own detention or treatment. It expands the definition of an enemy combatant and gives the president the power to detain them indefinitely – including US citizens. Secret and coerced evidence could be used to try detainees held in U.S. military prisons. The bill also immunizes U.S. officials from prosecution for torturing detainees captured before the end of last year. On Tuesday, President Bush held a signing ceremony at the White House.

President Bush:

“This bill spells out specific, recognizable offences that would be considered crimes in the handling of detainees so that our men and women who question captured terrorists can perform their duties to the fullest extent of the law. And this bill complies with both the spirit and the letter of our international obligations. As I’ve said before, the United States does not torture. It’s against our laws and it’s against our values.”

Also on ExC: Senators defy Bush on tribunals

Abusing the law

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