welcome to indefinate martial law

“R.I.P. Habeus Corpus, 1215 – 2006” from jwz

The Military Commission Act has been signed.

Washington Post:

President Bush this morning proudly signed into law a bill that critics consider one of the most un-American in the nation’s long history.

The new law vaguely bans torture — but makes the administration the arbiter of what is torture and what isn’t. It allows the president to imprison indefinitely anyone he decides falls under a wide-ranging new definition of unlawful combatant. It suspends the Great Writ of habeas corpus for detainees. It allows coerced testimony at trial. It immunizes retroactively interrogators who may have engaged in torture.

All but one of the items on the bill of rights has been affected by this new law.


The president can now – with the approval of Congress – indefinitely hold people without charge, take away protections against horrific abuse, put people on trial based on hearsay evidence, authorize trials that can sentence people to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses, and slam shut the courthouse door for habeas petitions. Nothing could be further from the American values we all hold in our hearts than the Military Commissions Act.

“One of the terrorists believed to have planned the 9/11 attacks said he hoped the attacks would be the beginning of the end of America. He didn’t get his wish.” George W. Bush, upon signing the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law.

I took this photo the show before he was discovered

Shane Koyczan‘s back in town for a few days. He left a message on my answering machine while I was sitting across from him at the Brickhouse earlier tonight/this morning to tell me “how awesome it is to hang out with you.” It’s a warmth, his presence attached to me like a persistent cradle of comfort. For years now, I am his Atlantis, he my Poet, we the Royalty reigning over poor timing. Personal mythology, bound books and declarations from famous stages. He’s playing London at the end of November, then the Orpheum.

It’s good to see him.

Apparently he’s here for the Writer’s festival, so you people who do not have work during the days, you should go see him.

The only evening show he has is on Thursday and I’m uncertain how invited I can be to that. See, he and his girlfriend had The Talk. You know, the One where my Name’s been Mentioned. I’m pretty damned likely to go anyway, to be honest, before I go over to Luciano’s to stay up sewing, just because that’s the sort of person I am, but no matter my itinerary, if you live in Vancouver, take this golden chance to see him perform. He jokes about being the Shane Koyczan, it’s true, but there’s a reason he was on a panel with Solomon Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.

He’s excellent, better, and best.