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The Torture Bill of 2006

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Sep. 30th, 2006 | 01:01 pm

I have a friend who took exception with the bit of hyperbole calling President Bush "the worst president in history." Truthfully we won't know that until some unknown time later after we've had some time to see the consequences of his actions.

All the left leaning blog sites are quite unhappy about the torture bill passing the house, but I thought I should actually read it for myself and make my own conclusions.

The Torture Bill of 2006, AKA H.R. 6166: Military Commissions Act of 2006.

I want to mock them for their definition of a "Lawful combatant".
14 ``(B) a member of a militia, volunteer
15 corps, or organized resistance movement belong-
16 ing to a State party engaged in such hostilities,
17 which are under responsible command, wear a
18 fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance,
19 carry their arms openly, and abide by the law
20 of war;

Did your History of the United States class talk about how we beat the British, because we hid behind trees and didn't follow the "law of war" by standing in nice lines in brightly colored uniforms? Mine certainly did.

I read a bit further, and then was was driven mad by the details of the composition of a military comission. Must be 5 of the right kind of people, statements obtained by torture aren't allowed as evidence, statements obtained in "which the degree of coercion is disputed may be admitted only if the military judge finds that...(2) the interests of justice would best be served by admission of the statement into evidence; and ``(3) the interrogation methods used to obtain the statement do not amount to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment prohibited by section 1003 of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005."

Why can't our legal code be presented more like the php documentation Hyperlinks between all the cross references, with embedded commentary.
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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Sep. 30th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Grant and Buchanan were probably worse than Bush, but I doubt anyone who kicks up a fuss about Bush being called the worst president even knows Grant and Buchanan existed.

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