[Vision2020] Habeas Corpus & Manufacturing Consent

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 16:05:27 PDT 2006

Bruce et. al.

I'm abusing my privileges on Vision2020 with too many posts today... This is
the last!

Given the importance of habeas corpus in the legislation recently debated in
the US Congress on the Geneva Convention and the war on terror, etc. to the
fundamental human rights issues that were debated, to say that the
legislators writing the language that weakened habeas corpus for detainees
were not to some extent using the lack of exposure in the media regarding
exactly what they were doing as "cover" to "get away" with their efforts, is
not very credible.

We are talking about legislation that contradicts the US Supreme Court
ruling in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld, a ruling that explicitly provided habeas
corpus protections to detainees in the war on terror.  This should have been
a central and heavily debated and exposed aspect of the debate, both in the
US Congress and in the media.  The fact that it wasn't is so blatant an
omission that it strains credibility to dismiss the assertion that the
media, whether intentionally or not, provided a "smoke screen" to allow the
legislators to more easily weaken habeas corpus for detainees in the war on
terror, with legal implications that provide cover for US agents to avoid
prosecution for war crimes

"Manufacturing Consent" indeed, as the book title by Noam Chomsky describes

Ted Moffett
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