America: From Freedom to Fascism (an opinionated essay on the detainee bill)

Essay by justinmyassCollege, Undergraduate October 2006

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Hitler and the Nazis, with the support of a terrified populace ... suspended civil rights and civil liberties, fattened their war machine and rode the fascist tide into a full-blown dictatorship in the wake of the Reichstag fire in 1933, which Hitler blamed on the Comintern, the Third International, a communist organization.In the wake of the Reichstag fire, Paul von Hindenburg signed the fateful emergency decree, thus providing Hitler's SA and SS with the legality required to round up the opposition and throw them in makeshift concentration camps run by local Gauleiters and SA leaders.

Nazi Germany provides a historical example of what we can expect in the months ahead.

"The military trials bill approved by Congress lends legislative support for the first time to broad rules for the detention, interrogation, prosecution and trials of terrorism suspects far different from those in the familiar American criminal justice system," explains the Washington Post.

"President Bush's argument that the government requires extraordinary power to respond to the unusual threat of terrorism helped him win final support for a system of military trials with highly truncated defendant's rights....Included in the bill, passed by Republican majorities in the Senate yesterday and the House on Wednesday are unique rules that bar terrorism suspects from challenging their detention or treatment through traditional habeas corpus petitions. They allow prosecutors, under certain conditions, to use evidence collected through hearsay or coercion to seek criminal convictions."

While probing for information on the detainee law I was abhorred to learn that that the bill would pave the way for immigrants to be deported or detained in a similar manner to the WWII Japanese internment program.

School shootings and a morbid fascination with the perverted ramblings of Republican Congressman Mark Foley has overshadowed that the bill allows U.S. citizens...