Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cheney wanted to send troops to Buffalo....so that people could be made Enemy Combatants

Because the case for a conventional arrest was shaky. This just keeps getting better, these revelations of what the Bush administration was privately up to. Next we'll find Cheney wanting to invade Poland and annex the Sudentenland. Story Here:

"According to a story in Friday’s New York Times, Vice-President Cheney advocated in 2002 for the Bush administration to send military troops to Buffalo to arrest the so-called Lackawanna Six as enemy combatants.

This would have violated both Fourth Amendment guarantees against search and seizure without probable cause and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which makes it illegal to use the military for law enforcement.

...

According to Salon, all six were very ordinary young men who had been led to believe they were traveling to Afghanistan for religious studies. The evidence against them was tenuous — which was one reason Cheney pressed for them to be held as enemy combatants instead of being arrested — and many of their Muslim neighbors told Salon they believed the entire case against them was a scam."

No comments: