The “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,” introduced by Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on Thursday with little fanfare, “sets out a comprehensive policy for the detention, interrogation and trial of suspected enemy belligerents who are believed to have engaged in hostilities against the United States by requiring these individuals to be held in military custody, interrogated for their intelligence value and not provided with a Miranda warning,”
S.3081: Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010 – U.S. Congress – OpenCongress
by Scott Creighton
It’s a remarkably well orchestrated effort going on right now to pass what is laughingly refered to as “healthcare reform” (read as “insurance industry bailout and Longevity Assurance Program”).
First you have the senate version of the bill passed with all its massive entitlements for the insurance industry, including but not limited to;
1. mandatory enrollment (some new 30 million customers for the industry that President Obama is deriding daily with his stump speeches) forcing Americans to buy into deeply flawed insurance policies…
2. no “public option” to help keep costs inline at a time when the public option and single payer healthcare BOTH poll higher than Obama’s Senate version of this plan…
3. projected cost increases for the next 5 years limited only by a laughable “”Health Insurance Rate Authority“, which “would issue an annual report setting the parameters for reasonable rate increases based on conditions in the market.”” “conditions in the market” meaning… “do they want bigger houses?” and “how do we make even more money than last year?”
4. “expanding malpractice reform to shield insurance companies from lawsuits”
5. the senate version removed “Kucinich Option” that protected state’s rights when it comes to passing their own single payer plan (which 12 or 13 states are already in the process of doing).
Now, everyone knew the senate version of this thing would never pass the House, not right before an election. And they can’t wait till after the election to give the democrats cover for at least two years because the Fed can’t afford to keep propping up the stock market forever and this economy is about to crash and crash hard. Once that happens, there is no way they could ever get this bloated, corporatist pig of an “insurance company giveaway plan” to market.
So what do you do? You get your PR guys to write-up a scheme in which senate dems, senate republicans, the White House, the insurance companies, the media pundits on both sides, leading “progressive” bloggers all work in tandem to give the House’s Democrat holdouts enough cover to justify voting with the White House to pass this horrible bill. It’s a convoluted and obviously scripted scheme apparently written by some sophomoric PR firm dimwit… but unfortunately it looks like it will be “smart enough” to fool the foolish American public for just long enough once again.