President Bush just signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Basically, President Bush can now declare anyone an “enemy combatant”, lock them up, throw away the key, and never give them a trial. He’s been doing this for a while, but Congress just gave him the power to do it legally, ignoring the Constitution.

Allow me to quote Jonathan Turley:

“People have no idea how significant this is. Really a time of shame this is for the American system.—The strange thing is that we have become sort of constitutional couch potatoes. The Congress just gave the President despotic powers and you could hear the yawn across the country as people turned to Dancing With the Stars. It’s otherworldly..People clearly don’t realize what a fundamental change it is about who we are as a country.