Since We're Already On The Road To Totalitarianism........
Once upon a time this was condemned by Democrats when Bush did it, but Obamacrats now say up is down, light is dark, etc. just like the Bushites once did, in order to justify the unjustifiable actions of this DINO president.
As Glenn Greenwald at Salon reminds us: "It was in May, 2009 -- a mere five months after his inauguration -- that Obama stood up in front of the U.S. Constitution at the National Archives and demanded a new law of "preventive detention" to empower him to imprison people without charges: a plan the New York Times said 'would be a departure from the way this country sees itself.......Indefinite detention and military commissions are continuing because Obama worked from the start for that goal -- not because Congress forced him to do so."
Since our DINO constitution shredding Bushite president is heading down a totalitarian road, Marcy Wheeler at Firedoglake has a modest proposal: indefinitely detain the banksters.
"Obama has declared that he has the authority under the 2001 AUMF to indefinitely hold anyone “if it is necessary to protect against a significant threat to the security of the United States.”
"He doesn’t say that person has to be a terrorist, much less part of al Qaeda. He doesn’t say that person has to have any tie to the enemy as defined by the 2001 AUMF, that is, “those nations, organizations, or persons [the President] determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.” He doesn’t even say that person has to have been rounded up on a battle field, however you define that.
"If detaining someone indefinitely is “necessary to protect against a significant threat to the security of the United States,” Obama says, he can do it.
"So I say, fine! Let’s indefinitely detain the banksters that crashed our entire economy. They fairly routinely hold the workers and taxpayers of this country hostage these days, just like terrorists do. And when you account for the number of people they’ve left homeless and hungry, the damage they have done may well surpass that of the attack on 9/11. Clearly, the banksters are a “significant threat to the security of the United States”–they’re the biggest threat to the security of the US. And the genius of Obama’s EO is it doesn’t even require the detainees, themselves, represent a threat. Rather, if their detention is necessitated by the security threat, we can detain them. We don’t have to trouble with sorting the good banksters, like Jamie Dimon, from the bad banksters, like Dick Fuld. We can detain them all, just to make sure we don’t accidentally miss any. (Sorry Bill, we can’t take any risks, so this includes you too!)
"Simple as that. Our biggest security threat solved!
"It’s as easy as that, vanquishing a security threat, arbitrarily detaining people in the name of security forever."I would add that indefinite detention should be served in a military brig, (Quantico for example) naked, since the US is already violating human rights.