I Officially Have No Civil Rights

Yesterday President Bush signed the military commissions act. Among other things it says that people who aren’t U.S. citizens (like me) and are accused of terrorism can be held indefinitely without trial. It’s just a small step to secret police making people disappear. We already have secret courts, secret prisons, and all kinds of scary stuff going on without any oversight at all. The Washington Post has a nice page where you can see who voted for this disaster, with information about who voted which way in the house and in the senate. If you are a U.S. citizen, I ask that you vote those people out of office and let them know why you’re doing so. If you’re not a U.S. citizen then you might be interested in this t-shirt. (Note that I set the commission on that shirt to \$0, so I’m not making any money here.) I wore mine to work today and made a few people think about this issue more than they otherwise would have. Finally, I urge everybody to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union. Let’s make the United States of America the Land of the Free again.

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