Administration Calls for Action on Detainees – so, after dragging their heels and keeping people locked up for years without charge or trial, the Bush administration now needs Congress to act urgently. And haven’t we been hearing about how al Qaeda is defeated?
As part of the plan, the administration also wants Congress to “reaffirm,” nearly seven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, that the United States “remains engaged in an armed conflict with al Qaeda” and other terrorist groups. The administration used Congress’s original affirmation of an armed conflict, three days after 9/11, not only to invade Afghanistan, but also to incarcerate enemy combatants without trial and to conduct wiretaps on Americans without a court warrant.
This “war” without end provides an interminable justification for our governments to compromise their principles and the rule of law.