Monday, July 18, 2005

Bush Tortures American without Trial

An American citizen and alleged terror suspect was tortured by the Saudi government with the apparent full knowledge of American intelligence. Abu Ali (pictured on homepage) was arrested by the Saudis in June 2003, in coordination with an FBI raid on his home in Falls Church, Virginia on the same day. The George Bush administration now stands guilty of the following counts, the facts of which are so far undisputed by the government:

-extrajudicial execution of American citizens denied their basic right to a jury trial

-the illegal imprisonment of Americans (Jose Padilla, Yaser Hamdi) under a non-existent "enemy combatant"-related authority, for which there is no true precedent since for the first time the enemy lacks visible military formations, a figure from whom to accept surrender, or any yardstick with which to deem the war over

-the torture of American citizens through foreign proxies, with the full knowledge and consent of the American government, in a presumption of guilt over innocence.

George Bush now stands in clear and stark violation of his oath of office to, above all else, "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States," the Sixth Amendment of which reads:

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."

George Bush now occupies the Oval Office with no clear authority or legitimacy, as a likely traitor to the Constitution which Americans have fought for and died defending. It is incumbent upon the US Congress to order the immediate arrest and impeachment of George Bush, for the High Crime of treason. Long live the Constitution.

Cambridge, Massachusetts readers: Rep. Mike Capuano.


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