Police state roundup!

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Via the AP, here's our first taste of how the Bushies see the imperial powers vested in them by the Torture Bill, AKA the Military Commissions Act:

Immigrants arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their imprisonment in civilian courts, the Bush administration said Monday, opening a new legal front in the fight over the rights of detainees.
In court documents filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., the Justice Department said a new anti-terrorism law being used to hold detainees in Guantanamo Bay also applies to foreigners captured and held in the United States.
The government has always had the ability to hold foreigners suspected of crimes, including terrorism, without trial. This is about denying those prisoners the right to contest the factual basis of that detention in front of a judge -- it's court-stripping. Now, the government just needs to say you're suspected of terrorism without offering even a shred of evidence. Habeus corpus, shmabeus shmorpus; message to the world: Just trust us.

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