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Int'l dimension of Wyden's Criminality

It's important to note the international dimension of Wyden's criminal actions. By voting to eliminate Habeas Corpus, Wyden is soliciting the violation of not just the US Constitution, but international legal guarantees enforced by treaties the US is bound by.
The right of habeas corpus is set out in Article 9(4) of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), of which the US is a signatory: "Anyone who is deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention shall be entitled to take proceedings before a court, in order that that court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of his detention and order his release if the detention is not lawful."

Unfortunately, the US Congress arrogates to itself the prerogative of labelling treaties as "non-self-executing," meaning that they have to be actually made effective by Congressional "enabling legislation," or not, as the whim of the Congress would have it. Hmm. Let's see how long such a "whim" or self-serving prerogative as this would hold up if another country, say Iran, decided to exercise it. We all know that such a case would immediately be referred to the Security Council for violations of international law.

The entire US Congress is now putting itself into a lawless state, and inviting any and all kinds of international lawlessness by its actions, unless measures are taken to counteract them. Wyden has helped provide the crucial margin of victory for this recklessness.
Wyden endangers all American citizens everywhere 12.Nov.2005 17:53


If you are an American citizen, wherever you are, you are endangered by the reckless actions of Wyden and his Senate golf partners:

Any country could arrogate to itself the right to declare anyone it wants, at its whim, an "enemy combatant," or whatever nomenclature they decide to invent, and ignore any and all rights of that individual, even if secured by international treaties.

Who would be more likely to find themselves the victims of such executive tyranny, than expatriate citizens of a country like the US, where such actions have already been taken, and thus of a government thereby rendered devoid of any moral authority to protest such lawless actions?

How would Wyden and golf partners presume to protect us from such lawlessness? Do they henceforth propose to rely on brute force, and to simply threaten any other country with war, if it does not treat a citizen of this country according to international legal norms?

It cannot be the law that they are going to rely on: they have already foreclosed that avenue, by their own blatant mockery of it.

against the ex post facto law clause ! 13.Nov.2005 10:03

in the know

It's more than that--it's unconstitutional in the U.S. as well. This goes against the ex post facto law clause [Article I.]

After Democrats and Republicans conspired together to destroy the Bill of Rights, the Repuiblicans by their fascist methods, the Democrats by their wimply passive-agressive go-along attitude, they are moving in on the main body of the Constitution as well.

This so called 'law' passed by the Senate can be challenged in any court...