Pesky Constitution's Bill of Attainder
A presumed Gentleman named Ed Furey writes to Professor Juan Cole about bills of attainder. Seems those Revolutionaries who founded our nation knew a thing or two about a thing or two...they left clear instructions on what was permissable and what was taboo:
' Professor Cole:
You barely scratched the surface on the unconstitutionality of the so-called terror legislation. Beyond repealing habeas corpus, another grotesque violation of the Constitution is implicated in that legislation. The Constitution specifically forbids the passage of a â€œbill of attainder.â€ In the old days, when kings and others were not certain they get a judge or jury to convict someone of a crime, they would simply declare them guilty (attainted) and imprison, torture and/or execute them. When Parliaments did this they passed a â€œbill of attainderâ€ declaring the person guilty of a crime. What this recent piece of legislation has done is to declare a whole class of persons, â€œunlawful enemy combatants,â€ to be criminals, subject to punishment -- imprisonment without trial and torture -- at the discretion of the president. By the way, this does not exclude American citizens.
Good thing the Supreme Court is...neverfuckingmind.
Read the rest here.