Doesn’t the old saying go, “It isn’t paranoia if they really are out to get you?’
FBI Director Robert Mueller is coming out against a provision buried in a new military appropriations bill that essentially strips away many of the legal protections afforded those charged in crimes, if they are labeled terrorists.
FBI Director Robert Muelleron Monday raised significant concerns about requiring military custody for captured suspected terrorists, arguing that the divisive provision in a sweeping defense bill could harm ongoing terrorism investigations.
In a letter to lawmakers, Mueller detailed his concerns with the provision that mandates military custody of a suspect deemed to be a member of al Qaeda or its affiliates and involved in plotting or committing attacks on the United States. The White House has threatened a veto over the language in the bill and limits on the administration’s ability to transfer suspected terrorists.
Quite literally, the provision would allow what liberals accused the Bush Administration of attempting: the ability to throw American citizens in military prisons without a trial, for an unlimited amount of time.
Snopes.com has not officially weighed in, but their message board has this to say about the bill:
Summary: It’s not as bad as everyone thinks, in that it has a narrow definition of who is covered by Sections 1031 and 1032; it certainly shouldn’t apply to, say, occupiers or protesters (that’s a future bill). But that being said, it still provides for the military detention, without trial, of American citizens, and even the bad ones shouldn’t have their Constitutional rights stripped away just because they’re assholes.