- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
President should repudiate new law
To the editor:
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 is now the law of the land. Although a token number of Democrats supported the Republican House and Senate, no Democrat votes were needed. The president then signed the act into law.
This law not only permits suspension of habeas corpus and allows for torture of suspects, but also give the president the power to declare any American an enemy combatant. Any person declared to be such a combatant would be denied due process.
In other words, you or I could be imprisoned indefinitely. Who knows what else could happen?
No one expects this president to declare that Americans are terrorists. However, that is not the point. For over 200 years we have operated under a set of laws spelled out in the Constitution which the president swore to uphold.
I do not want to depend upon this president or any other president's goodwill.
The president should immediately repudiate the Military Commissions Act and go back to governing based on the Constitution.
Thanks to TJ Greaney for dealing with this in his Oct. 18 column.
RITA COUNTS, Scott City