Some "conservatives" think this is just great, because--after all--AlQuaeda is a horrific, continuing threat, and they have lotsa boots-on-the-ground in the US. Why, yes! We read reports of their arrests and detentions every day, don't we?? (Note the sarcasm...)
Anyhow. The Administration wanted to veto the act, and demanded a change, to wit:
The administration’s veto threat has nothing to do with protecting civil liberties: indeed, quite the opposite. As Sen. Levin noted in his remarks, a bit of politicking went on at the secret Senate hearing:
“The initial bill reported by the committee included language expressly precluding ‘the detention of citizens or lawful resident aliens of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.’ The Administration asked that this language be removed from the bill.”
Plainly spoken, the bill--with the modification demanded by Obozo--will allow the Administration and its successors to order the US Military to arrest and detain ANYONE that the Administration deems to be 'an enemy combatant'.
Anyone. The. Administration. Says. Is. A. "Combatant."
No proof is needed outside of the Administration's declaration.
This is the final step in a process that will enable the President to establish a de facto military dictatorship: it’s the “unitary presidency” meets the global economic crisis. “America is part of the battlefield,” says Sen. Ayotte, quite accurately – and Americans are the target. Resistance is “terrorism”: dissent is a crime, and you’d better shut up and take it if you know what’s good for you. That’s the message they’re sending...
And the self-declared "conservative" radiomouths fall into line.