Help me get a handle on current politics!
October 19, 2006 6:18 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find intelligent, non-partisan (or, failing that, bi-partisan) explanation of the recent Military Commissions Act of 2006.

I've heard Olberman's rant, read the NYTimes article, and read the few right-wing blog posts that I could find that mentioned it, but there's been very little actual intellectual discussion of the bill (Left says: OMG!! Nobody has Habeas Corpus rights anymore, Right says: It's about time, anything to distract from Foley)

Where can I go to get good, non/bi-partisan intellectual views on current politics? (or really, any place that is safe from the mud-slinging that always abounds around politics)
posted by hatsix to Law & Government (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The Jurist has a lot of information.
posted by terrapin at 6:40 PM on October 19, 2006

Findlaw has a number of articles and columns on the Military Commissions Act including a short primer about what it does and doesn't do.
posted by lhl at 7:56 PM on October 19, 2006

Annenberg's Fact Check usually does a pretty good job of explaining misinformation on both sides of political issues. They don't have anything up about the Military Commissions Act yet, but it's generally a good resource.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:13 PM on October 19, 2006

a short primer about what it does and doesn't do.

That's really not very non-partisan: "With a bill as pernicious as this one, it is difficult to settle on a single worst provision."
posted by smackfu at 6:46 AM on October 20, 2006

I liked the FindLaw article, though I'd also agree that it isn't very non-partisan.

I know there aren't many pro-sided arguements, but I'm honestly not looking for them (or for anti-sided either, but they are abundant)... I know that this law will have broad implications, and I think the Jurist has the most fact-based/least opinion-based information (even if they don't have an analysis of it yet).
posted by hatsix at 1:08 PM on October 20, 2006 tends to make the "false equivalence" mistake too often, IMHO.
posted by eustacescrubb at 4:03 PM on October 20, 2006

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