Joseph Lieberman, LL.B.

Die Bush-Administration hätte sich den ganzen Ärger um das Guantánamo Bay detention camp wirklich sparen können, wenn sie frühzeitig auf Joe Lieberman gehört hätte. Anlässlich der übereilten Anwendung der sogenannten Miranda-Warnung gegenüber einem mutmaßlichen Gesetzesbrecher gab Senator Lieberman zu Protokoll:

I think it’s time for us to look at whether we want to amend that law to apply it to American citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, whether they should not also be deprived automatically of their citizenship, and therefore be deprived of rights that come with that citizenship when they are apprehended and charged with a terrorist act.

Mit den rights that come with that citizenship bezieht sich Lieberman auf den fünften und des sechsten Verfassungszusatz der US-Verfassung, die tatsächlich sehr unglücklich formuliert sind:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

No person? The accused? Da könnte ja jeder kommen! Es muss natürlich heißen:

No U.S. citizen shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any U.S. citizen be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused U.S. citizen shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Kombiniert man diese kleinen Verfassungsänderungen mit der vorgeschlagenen Entziehung der Staatsbürgerschaft, steht der endgültigen Durchsetzung einer freiheitlich-demokratischen Werteordnung in Afghanistan praktisch nichts mehr im Weg.