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The 9-11 bombings Are Not Acts of War

The 9-11 bombings Are Crimes Against Humanity

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"One of General Ashcroft's campaigns that has received a minimum of coverage in the press are efforts to set up detention and internment camps in the United States as part of preparations for the possibility of declaring martial law. This past summer, journalist Ritt Goldstein wrote two articles -- `Foundations are in place for martial law in the US' and `Internment Camps and Authoritarian US Fast Becoming Reality[49] -- that detail how `democratic freedoms which have long defined American life are under seige.' . . .
        "Given General Ashcroft's zeal to create camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be `enemy combatants' (although FEMA's public claim is to handle millions of displaced persons in the event of a terrorist attack), it is not unreasonable to expect such camps will be employed to intern Americans. What would be Ashcroft's grounds for internment? Many people will go to the streets to challenge the brazen and continued aggrandizement of power in the hands of the Chief Executive and his officers if another alleged terrorist attack supplies them with more justification to identify and lock up enemy citizens. . . .
        "As with the bedrock of law in the international arena, we are now witnessing the Bush II repudiation of two centuries of the domestic span of constitutional law undermining the basis of freedoms we presume to be cast in concrete and impermeable to the wiles of such aggrandizement of power. This nullification is being justified behind the all-encompassing façade of a holy `war' against, not a another national entity, but an ambiguous idea that means different things to different people. The supine leadership of Congress is in collusion with this renunciation of constitutional law proceeding apace, given that Congress is not exercising its constitutionally mandated powers of oversight over the Department of Justice.

"Jonathan Turley is a professor of constitutional and public-interest law at George Washington University Law School in D.C. He is also a defense attorney in national security cases and other matters . . . [A 14 Aug 2002] column [of his] begins:
        "`Attorney General John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be ``enemy combatants'' has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace.' Actually, ever since General Ashcroft pushed the U.S. Patriot Act through an overwhelmingly supine Congress soon after September 11, he has subverted more elements of the Bill of Rights than any attorney general in American history.
        "Under the Justice Department's new definition of `enemy combatant' -- which won the enthusiastic approval of the president and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- anyone defined as an `enemy combatant,' very much including American citizens, can be held indefinitely by the government, without charges, a hearing, or a lawyer. In short, incommunicado."

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