Private contractors and other civilians serving with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could be subject for the first time to military courts-martial under a new federal provision that legal scholars say is almost certain to spark constitutional challenges.
Challenges?? We the people shouldn’t simply “challenge” but instead, make strong demands to stop this, as such power is an outrage to a free society.
The federal government, because of recruiting shortages, lack of desire, or a multitude of other reasons, doesn’t have enough people in the military to fully service the Iraq theater of operations. In response, they spend a great deal more money to hire civilians who freely choose to work there.
Now, of course, the government wants a few scapegoats and show trials – and the Bill of Rights would definitely get in the way. So what’s the response?
Fully take away the rights of those people who have risked their lives, and make them subject to military tribunals.
Even worse, nearly the entire Congress voted in approval.
Here’s a few of the inalienable rights that are stripped from these people:
- Grand Jury Hearings
- Trial by jury
There is absolutely no authorization in the Constitution for the government to arbitrarily take away these rights from people – just based on the location of where they work.
Civilians are to be tried as civilians and soldiers are to be tried as soldiers.
And that’s the law.