Because freedom can't protect itself
I agree with ACLU, and say NO. And while your at this case, could you make those wankers on the SC actually deal with this case instead of religating it back to a lower court. The reason I say this is because of the Boumediene v. Bush case....grrrrrrrrr that some heralded as a victory for Habeous, and I hope your great litagators know now, that I think that SC of wankers didn't do a thing about anything..."nor do we hold that the writ must issue"- That was no judgement in my lay opinion.
This case sounds like something out of the Gulag Archipelago.
Formal disclosures submitted to Congress have alleged that implantable biomedical devices have been used domestically as sources and methods and that the administrations war on terror and detention policies were actually drafted with the intent to prevent criminal prosecution for domestic use of the technology against Americans. It is easy to doubt that the administration has used implantable biomedical devices for a domestic spy program, however the technology has been present since 1997 under the programs of William Heetderks at the NIH and Col. Geoffrey Ling of DARPA.
These programs contain what the agencies refer to as "cross-cutting" capabilities in which the biomedical technology applicable to treating the deaf and vision impaired is also applicable to intelligence and military when a back telemetry link is utilized. If Bush didn't physically harm and torture Americans with this, you wouldn't be reading this post.
What was presented to Congress and the public as "medical technology" was actually a defense and intelligence "Special Access Program" (SAP) holding "unacknowledged" status. Statutory disclosure mandates to Congress were "waived" and unlawfully used funding appropriated by Congress for Children's Health research.
On March 18, 2008, the Central Intelligence Agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request disclosing that the CIA's use of the biomedical intellectual property is "currently and properly classified pursuant to an executive order" and that documents were being withheld due to exemption b3, the CIA Director's statutory obligation to protect from disclosure, "intelligence sources and methods". The lack of oversight resulted in abuses including discovery that the government was using the devices for testosterone delivery, had used innocent Americans as research subjects without informed consent, misappropriated federal funds, and contributed to the death of a research subject. As a research subject, I personally experienced physical mistreatment and Physicians have removed some of the devices while some residual devices remain implanted. Civil action has resulted.
The constitutional and legal questions addressed in litigation filed under seal allege the government used these remaining devices to retaliate against the plaintiff in reprisal for whistleblower efforts, even when plaintiff was confirmed by Secretary of State Deborah Bowen as a write-in candidate during 2008 Presidential Primary election proceedings. This is significant because it has revealed how war on terror policy has been crafted specifically to protect Bush Administration officials from criminal prosecution for partisan and political use of the technology within the U.S. targeting political candidates.
The civil action challenges the government's claim that Congress authorized the President to use full military force, including the biomedical technology, against anyone, including U.S. citizens or political candidates who have committed no criminal acts, in complete secrecy, without showing any evidence, and for an indefinite period, and may deny these individuals access to legal counsel and without protections outlined in the Constitution and Geneva Conventions.
In short, the administration was using this technology domestically prior to 9/11 against Americans who had no connection to the war on terror. Obviously, prosecution was a concern and the only way to avoid scrutiny was to retroactively legalize what they had already done. The "ghost detainee" provision included Americans implanted with the devices, "ghost sites" were established dynamically as needed where ever the victim might be, and because the devices are too small to be effectively recovered, the "indefinite" provision was needed. And all these provisions needed to be applicable to Americans, even if no evidence or charges were present, and the authorization to "use military force" against anyone in Afghanistan, Iraq, and "other countries" conveniently includes America. The language defining detainees as someone "in custody of, or otherwise under the control of" the government allows legal protection for Americans who have been unlawfully implanted with biomedical technology during development or clandestine activities.
Because the administration has used the technology politically, domestically, and continues to deny Congressional oversight, the litigation is necessary to address past abuses, prevent further abuse and establish much needed oversight. This is long overdue. For the last years, the administration has prevented the courts from hearing this case and continues to invoke priviledge to prevent disclosures to Congress including senior Intelligence Committee members.
Congressional disclosures and FOIA docs have been posted at www.larsonmedia.net
Was he a citizen of the United States and did he go through the steps to become a citizen. The next power-grabbing presidnet is in office. i hope the ACLU is as hard on him as any other president that has been in office. How about bringing up the liberties of our next generation as they will be burdened with the Obama administrations pork filled stimulus bill. By the way stick up for our military as well.
I am an American citizen and I have commited no crime or been tried for any!I am against torture of prisoners for one reason only. I am experiencing the torture of community harassment and some sort of noise torture and burning sensation whenever I try sitting or sleeping almost anywhere I go! The sensation feels like I am in an earthquake and it burns like some electronic signal is hitting me. I know it sounds like I am wack but I have read about sound weapons being used in Iraq and this is the only thing I can equate to what is happening to me; or its the weirdest physical delusion anyone ever had. I wonder if the ACLU is getting any more blogs like this on this type of harassment. My main worry is that during the Bush administration steps were taken via the government to rid communities of people who spoke out againist Bush and Cheney or were deemed undesirable and that we may uncover some secret program..or is it a locally based hate crime? I believe every constitional right I have has been taken away and this has lasted for more than 2 yrs and gotten worse in its intensity. I have been accused of many things during this harassment ...many of which the aclu stands against but like most american my views are complex and my right to disagree and speak freely is a right I cherish most!
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