[saymaListserv] QUIT: Letter to Editor

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Wed Oct 18 10:31:12 JEST 2006


Subj:    [QUIT-L] Military Commissions Act, letter to Editor, LA TIMES
Date:   10/18/06 8:51:25 AM Central Daylight Time
From:   calvij at SOVER.NET (John Calvi)
Sender: QUIT-L at MTSAC.EDU (QUaker Initiative to end Torture)
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To: QUIT-L at MTSAC.EDU

This just in-

John Calvi
QUIT convener

From: Margaret Toledano
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 16:10:19 -0700
Subject: Military Commissions Act, letter to Editor, LA TIMES

 
President Bush signed away his oath of office to uphold the Constitution
when he signed the Military Commissions Act.  He maintains that only those
who are ³illegal enemy combatants² will lose the protection of habeas
corpus, the ancient right of prisoners in just societies to have their
detentions reviewed, to face their accusers, to know what evidence is being
used against them and to have a fair trial.
 
Without this key protection of our Constitution, we would have known a very
different idea of law, order and justice these last 230 years.  Only a very
few Guantanamo detainees are seriously considered likely terrorists.  The
remainder of the detainees bear an uncomfortable resemblance to ordinary
people unwittingly caught in war¹s chaos ­ ordinary people very like you and
me. 
 
Our deep concern must be that it will take little suspicion from the same
administration to put private citizens like us into the detainees¹ shoes. 
This latest power grab by Mr. Bush and his ³advisors² leaves it to their
very questionable judgment just whom they will label an ³illegal enemy
combatant.²  Such persons will be tried with the burden of proof reversed,
without due process or the rule of law as we know it, without seeing or
hearing their accusers, and in secret courts.
 
This is a despicable piece of legislation. It is a moral outrage, an outrage
that violates every tenet of human rights the United States has stood for
over the last two centuries.  If our elected officials have lost their moral
compass, We the People have not. Let us look to our consciences, and remind
Mr. Bush of this fact on November 7.

Peggy Toledano
(John,  I took the habeas corpus angle, since I think there will be others
to weigh in against  torture.  Orange County Interfaith Peace Ministry is
stepping up activity; I represent it for OC Friends Meeting.  The Peace
Ministry is introducing me to the member churches, mosques and synagogues
through its newsletter as being available to address groups on QUIT.)


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