Abraham Lincoln said "If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong." Were Lincoln alive today he would undoubtedly say the same about torturing a helpless human being, denying the right of habeas corpus, and trying, convicting and punishing someone without allowing the defendant to face his or her accusers, hear all the evidence, and answer all charges. Yet, Congress has agreed to permit these very things to occur to "unlawful enemy combatants" and "alien detainees."
Further, this legislation is retroactive to 9/11/2001 providing a "get out of jail free" card to President Bush and others who have knowingly violated our laws and these basic human rights. Congress shamelessly covered its tracks by formally renouncing grave violations of the Geneva Conventions (prohibiting cruel and inhumane treatment), and then in turn gave President Bush the authority to "interpret the meaning and application" of these Conventions. This legislation is cowardly, a mockery of justice and international law, and will forever stain our nation. We and our forefathers did not fight and die at Concord, Gettysburg, Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, or in Korea, Vietnam or Iraq only to have craven politicians destroy the moral fabric and integrity of our nation. Every American should be outraged and ashamed. I urge you to contact your elected representatives today to express your anger. Tell them the Military Commissions Act of 2006 is unacceptable.