Posted by Letters editor
Stand up for constitutional rights
The concept of carte blanche is abhorrent to Americans and the U.S. Constitution. No one should have the power the fill in a name on a blank card and make a person disappear.
Now, however, the core of our constitutional rights are being eviscerated, and the public has barely noticed. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 would permit American citizens on American soil to be arrested and held by the U.S. military without a lawyer, without a trial and without the right to come before a judge under a writ of habeas corpus. [“Senate passes defense bill despite Obama’s veto threat,” News, Dec. 2.]
If you find yourself in an undisclosed location and demand a lawyer, or you want to file a writ of habeas corpus and go before a judge and demand that you be released, that will not be allowed. The government can simply make an American citizen disappear.