Congress stripped a provision Tuesday from a defense bill that aimed to shield Americans from the possibility of being imprisoned indefinitely without trial by the military.
The new provision appears to do little, because the Supreme Court has already declared that the writ of habeas corpus — requiring that someone be presented to a judge — applies to all people. The more difficult part of whether people deserve a trial remains unsettled, and the new provision does not appear to resolve it.
The Senate late Thursday forwarded legislation to President Barack Obama granting the public the right to automatically display on their Facebook feeds what they’re watching on Netflix.
While lawmakers were caving to special interests, however, they cut from the legislative package language requiring the authorities to get a warrant to read your e-mail or other data stored in the cloud.
By these tricky little games, the State is showing genuine contempt for the citizen, open contempt. And the issue there, as with the provisions over here, from the RIPA onwards, is that we seem to be able to do nothing to reverse these games.
What can be done? Not vote anyone back in who was party to these provisions? They’re replaced by someone else equally as bad. They know we can’t combine, we fall out over peripheral matters and all the while, this goes on.
It’s seriously dispiriting.