Roger Fitch Esq • August 8, 2008
Our Man in Washington
Civil War banditti and jayhawkers are the basis of today’s “material supporters of terrorism”. Be careful – Bush law says it’s a “war crime” to shoot at Americans
The Bush administration has secured a conviction of Salim Hamdan, one of Osama bin Laden’s drivers.
Hamdan was the designated guinea pig in a program to remodel the US constitution and international law.
The ultimate goal? Making a military crime out of unfriendly acts around the world against American interests, as far back as 1996.
Why military? Well, because the president claims the right – if there is a war underfoot somewhere – to keep secrets, deny legal protections and run roughshod over courts, congress and defendants.
He gets to make up the rules, and with rigged trials, including tortured confessions, he always wins.
True, in Hamdan’s case “conspiracy” failed, but five of the specifications for material support succeeded.
The UK Independent has a report on the foreign reaction.
Historian-blogger Andy Worthington has more.
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