During the debate in 2006 about whether to pass the Military Commissions Act, which legalized torture, retroactively legalized war crimes, suspended habeas corpus and set up kangaroo courts in a mockery of justice, many politicians admitted that the bill was far from perfect but said that they had to vote for it because it was important to balance freedom with the need for security.
Well, the Military Commissions Act has been in effect for two and a half years now. What security has it brought you?
The Military Commissions Act has not enabled one single conviction for any crimes connected to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Military Commissions Act managed to wreck our nation’s system of freedoms while simultaneously failing to make America secure. Those politicians who voted for the Military Commissions Act managed to trade the Bill of Rights for a failed regime of Homeland Incompetence.
Now they have the chance to make their mistake right. U.S. Representative David Price has introduced H.R. 591, to repeal the Military Commissions Act. It’s time to be rid of this bad law – and the Democrats no longer have any excuse that they don’t have enough votes to get it done.