There are a lot more interesting bills to keep an eye on while the healthcare issue is in the foreground.
Have a look at:
S. 3081 [Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010]
Here’s a bill concerning high-value detainee interrogation groups which could detain nearly anyone based on their potential abilities. That’s a little vague. Sounds like a wide open bill, so let’s take a little peek at some specifics:
Section 3(d)(2) [criteria for designating of individuals as high-value detainees]
(A) The potential threat the individual poses for an attack on civilians or civilian facilities within the United States or upon United States citizens or United States civilian facilities abroad at the time of capture or when coming under the custody or control of the United States.
(B) The potential threat the individual poses to United States military personnel or United States military facilities at the time of capture or when coming under the custody or control of the United States.
(C) The potential intelligence value of the individual.
(D) Membership in al Qaeda or in a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda.
(E) Such other matters as the President considers appropriate.
Section 3(d)(4) [submittal to congress]
The President shall submit the regulations and guidance required by this subsection to the appropriate committees of Congress not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Nice. Not only is the president capable of determining “such other matters considered appropriate” for designating high-value detainees but he can also set the regulations and guidance after the bill is enacted. That’s like the agreement license you get in software purchases. In order to read the license, you have to open the software. You have to buy it before you can open it and the license says you automatically agreed to it by purchasing it. We don’t know what we’re buying. It’s possible I’m wrong about this one, but bills like these are important to watch for.
This is another bill designed for the protection of a regime with a hunger for oppressive authority. These types of detainments are already happening; they just need this to do it legally (in the open). People will say “Would you rather have terrorists running around blowing us up?” Silly folks, you would have to outlaw intrinsic human freedoms to stop terrorist attacks; that’s why it’s scary. Terrorism is the work of really angry and determined individuals. Perhaps we should focus on not pissing off most of the planet by taking sides or following orders like drone bees. I’m not talking about disarmament; I’m saying we need to act a little smarter. Oops, there goes the “S” word. Smarts haven’t been a strong quality in American citizens for a while now.
It’s not the lack of legislation that brings threats into our society. The recent causes of terrorism have been the invitations we’ve sent out. Why has the U.S. been getting involved in foreign wars? They’re not our affair unless you consider the private and corporate profiteering we do in the process. War means someone is getting paid or going into debt, but it’s more about shifting power and gaining influence over your debtors. There is always obedience to a lender but I’d like to find out just how much obedience is involved in our case. If someone is in debt to you, you gain a power over them and are likely to influence their actions. Doesn’t it concern anyone who our government is in debt to? Who’s guiding our military?
(There will be more on bills like these later.)
-Jeremy Edward Dion