Aftermath so far
In 2006 the US Congress and the President signed the "Military Commissions Act". Part of this act, suspended habeas corpus for prisoners held at Guantanamo bay. This was struck down by the US Supreme Court in June 2008. the section of the law that allows American Citizens to be designated as enemy combatant. An enemy combatant is a person who "who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposely and materially supported hostilities against the United States" (11 ).
President Obama reversed his position on military trials for al-Qaeda suspects, he is now considering have a modified version of the Bush era military trials. Obama said during the campaign that the hears at Guantanamo Bay had "been an enormous failure" and said he would "reject the Military Commissions Act". When Obama took office the commission had only two convictions (12 ).
President Obama said some terror suspects would be held without a trial indefinitely. Obama said "We are going to exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country," but added But even when this process is complete, there may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes, but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States." (13 )
The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 allows the president to station military troops anywhere in the United States, it also allows the president to seize control state-based National Guard units without the permission of the governor or local officials to "suppress public disorder." (14 ).
A motto use to be "think for yourself, its not a crime". That saying is a bit closer to being invalidated. The US House voted 404-6 in favor of "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.". this act sets up a commission to identifying "extremist" people, groups, and ideas (15 ).This has yet to become a law.
People who are on the governments terrorist watch list tried to buy guns nearly a thousand times 9 out ten times they were cleared because their was no legal way to stop them. The reliability of the list is in question. A report by the Justice Department inspector general said the FBI had the a list of 24,000 people included on the basis of outdate or sometimes irrelevant information. a spokesman for the National Rifle Association, Andrew Arulanandam said "We're concerned about the quality and the integrity of the list," and "There have been numerous studies and reports questioning the integrity, and we believe law-abiding people who are on the list by error should not be arbitrarily denied their civil rights" (16 ).
Another questionable action in the Americans governments war on terror is predictive data-mining. Data mining involves combining private data to spot trends, and as theory goes to help identify terrorist. No credible study has shown that predictive data mining is effective in Identifying terrorist. Timothy Sparapani, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said "If in fact we are all separated by only a few degrees of linkage, then as we move out from an individual who's under review ... pretty soon all of us become suspects," and "We find ourselves in a position where everyone is under the guise of suspicion; everyone is being investigated by the government." (17 ).
The Justice department justified the practice of predicative data mining by explaining it "will leverage existing data-mining tools to help identify relationships between individuals, locations and events that may be indicators of terrorist or other activities of interest," and "will improve efforts to identify 'sleeper cells.'". Still consider an FBI Consultant hacked into classified computers and accessed counterespionage and witness protection files and 38,000 passwords, including Director Robert Mueller's. a 2005 GAO report said the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force did not comply with all privacy and security laws and rules for handling sensitive information (18 ).
In the UK it was reported in 2009 that only 15 percent of the fifty government databases were "effective, proportionate or necessary". 10 actually violated privacy laws. To Justfy this its been said "the material will be protected by the finest firewalls, the most foolproof anti-hacking devices and the most savage legal defence. Nothing will be transferable and only the highest in the land will have access. Besides, home secretary, as you have so often said, the innocent have nothing to fear.". total bureaucratese, databases are compromised constantly (19 ).