What Police State Legislation Looks Like
"Authoritarianism" in the United States?
Suppose the U.S. Senate passed a law which gives the Federal Government the power to do the following to American citizens who are suspected of a crime:
- Forbid interrogators from telling the person of their right to remain silent.
- Forbid interrogators from telling the person of their right to legal counsel.
- Deny the person habeas corpus protection (the government cannot keep a person in custody without charge).
- Do all the above not only to a person suspected of a crime, but also to a person who may know about a possible future crime.
Note that I began with "Suppose," because the U.S. Senate has not passed such a law. But I know for a fact that the Senate is considering a bill that undeniably will grant the government those powers and more. Senators McCain and Lieberman introduced the legislation earlier this month (March 4).
Not much information is available about the bill (S 3081)
In this case, the bill's broad language is different from its purpose in the same way the Mississippi River is different from a spring-fed creek. For example:
- "An individual who is suspected...shall not, during interrogation...be informed of any rights...to counsel or to remain silent consistent with Miranda v. Arizona."
- "An individual, including a citizen of the United States...may be detained without criminal charges and without trial..."
- It even says that a citizen can be designated a suspect based on "[s]uch other matters as the President considers appropriate."
You read that right: "Such other matters as the President considers appropriate." Broad enough for you? Why has the mainstream media said virtually nothing? Good question; I don't know.
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This bill should send cold chills running up and down your spine. McCain should never be re-elected again, ever. Sarah Palin, what are you thinking?