Hey, Carl Levin and your weasel friend Graham, you want military detention of anyone whom the armed forces deem to be "associated" with Al-Qaeda, including U.S. citizens inside the United States.
Now, I saw your clever bait and switch. Do you think we are all idiots?
You vest all power to determine if someone is a BOOGEYMAN (anyone who the army thinks is "a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an affiliated entity; and a participant in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.") not in the courts but the Armed Forces of the United States. And then you REQUIRE the detention of all BOOGEYMEN, except that you only AUTHORIZE the detention of BOOGEYMEN who are U.S. citizens.
Hey, Carl, are you an arsonist? Because I think you're trying to set fire to the Constitution. Maybe you are someone who should be indefinitely detained.
But why stop there? Go all the way. These are enemies, no? And who cares what kind of slogans or phony patriotism they might hide under.
Why not authorize FULL GODDAMN MILITARY RULE?
We're under attack, right? Here's your legal precedents for:
* Bombing the shit out of our own elected officials (they're really traitors, you see):
* Arrest a bunch of Al-Qaeda and don't bother the courts with a bunch of due process bullshit:
Carl, come on, you know you want it. All this goddamn democracy and rule of law bullshit just gives cover for the terrorists. After all, what could possibly go wrong with a military crackdown on domestic terrorism?
Now Carl, I realize that you are a Democrat, and as I fellow Democrat, I am willing to forgive you. Just simply admit that you were drunk, as that appears to be the only logical explanation for this.
UPDATE: Text of mendacious bill as passed the Senate below the squiggle. And here isLevin's insane "trust your rulers" speech in support of the bill.
Here it is (note deceptive section title):
SEC. 1032. REQUIRED MILITARY CUSTODY FOR MEMBERS OF AL-QAEDA AND AFFILIATED ENTITIES.
(a) Custody Pending Disposition Under Law of War-
(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (4), the Armed Forces of the United States shall hold a person described in paragraph (2) in military custody as an unprivileged enemy belligerent pending disposition under the law of war.
(2) APPLICABILITY TO AL-QAEDA AND AFFILIATED ENTITIES- The requirement in paragraph (1) shall apply to any covered person under section 1031(b) who is determined to be--
(A) a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an affiliated entity; and
(B) a participant in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.
(3) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR- For purposes of this subsection, the disposition of a person under the law of war has the meaning given in section 1031(c), except that no transfer otherwise described in paragraph (4) of that section shall be made unless consistent with the requirements of section 1033.
(4) WAIVER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY- The Secretary of Defense may, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, waive the requirement of paragraph (1) if the Secretary submits to Congress a certification in writing that such a waiver is in the national security interests of the United States.
(b) Requirement Inapplicable to United States Citizens- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.
(c) Effective Date- This section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to persons described in subsection (a)(2) who are taken into the custody or brought under the control of the United States on or after that date.