Via newsrack's Thomas Nephew comes the news (to me - I've seen no reports in the media yet but what's new about that?) that Atty Gen Michael Mukasey is demanding that Congress pass a new anti-terrorism bill that amounts to a new declaration of war making the GWOT and consequently the president's monarchic powers permanent. (From his email:)
This sounds so outrageous, it seems like a joke or something out of "The Onion."
Attorney General Michael Mukasey is demanding that Congress issue a new declaration of war so that anyone that this president or the next one declares to be an "enemy combatant" can be held indefinitely without a trial.
The new declaration of war would make the entire globe — including the United States itself — a “battlefield” where the president decides who will be locked up forever.
With only four weeks left in the congressional schedule and only six months left in the Bush presidency, Mukasey’s power grab should be laughed out of town. But given this Congress’ track record, the Mukasey proposal is no laughing matter. Especially because it also includes a cover-up of the Bush administration’s systemic torture and abuse of detainees.
We can’t take for granted that Congress will reject this outrageous proposal. We have to meet it with an immediate wall of protest that says to Congress: “Don’t you dare.”
I told my members of Congress to reject the dangerous Bush/Mukasey plan, and I hope you will too.
To me, the key phrase here is, "But given this Congress’ track record..." Indeed. The BD/GOP Alliance is just itching for this one and their recent win on the scurrilous FISA bill suggests they could have another one under their belts before the Emperor gets booted out on his ugly ass. The ACLU is preparing to take action.
Mukasey is asking Congress to expand and extend the war on terror forever. Anyone whom this president or the next one declares to be an "enemy combatant" could then be held indefinitely without a trial. And, the attorney general’s proposal would hide the torture and abuse conducted since 9/11.
At the same time that the House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether high-level Bush White House officials may have committed torture and abuse crimes, Mukasey should know better than to ask Congress to give him the power to detain people without a trial and hide torture and abuse from the courts.
A marginally naive statement from the ACLU, there. After all, why should he know any such thing? They got caught years ago and for all the investigations into corruption, lawlessness, and political skullduggery, the Democratic Congress still gives the Bush Administration almost everything it demands.
Please let's not give them this one. Follow the link and act.