Ironically, on the anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights 220 years ago, the U.S. Senate voted FOR a bill which authorizes the Military to arrest and detain anyone, American or foreign, military or civilian, on U.S. soil or overseas, and hold them indefinitely without trial, without formal charges and without access to legal counsel.
For all practical purposes and applications the sum and substance of the Bill of Rights has been repealed by Congressional action and the President’s complicity.
It is argued that we can trust that the military under Presidential oversight will exercise this power judiciously. So instead of constitutional protection we are to rely upon a President’s goodwill.
This is done because, it is argued, it is militarily necessary to fight terror. It was also claimed that the King’s actions in the American colonies were necessary at the commencement of the American Revolution. An English ally of our founding fathers, William Pitt, replied, “Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves”.
If we accept this with resignation, we do not deserve the freedoms which our forefathers have left us.