State Secrets or Unlimited Power

“Yes, you are right–I am a moralist in disguise; it gets me into heaps of trouble when I go thrashing around in political questions.” Mark Twain

STATE SECRETS

The Bush administration’s continued use of the state secrets privilege to stomp on dissent in the courts is evil. It is most often conjured up in response to allegations of criminal conduct on the part of the government. They are challenges to the present administration’s new theories of unchecked executive power.
By using the state secrets privilege the administration avoids having to give an accounting of its conduct. And if the administration continues to succeed in this-the administration will have succeeded in creating a precedent of insurmountable immunity, which can be invoked against any legal claim that the tactics and constitutional abnegations used in the “war on terror”, violates the law. The standard administration response to any plaintiff who asserted such criminal charges would be, quite simply, that it’s a secret.

The Bush administration has fought to limit scrutiny or restriction of its conduct since the war on terror began. Unless courts begin to reject his assertion, the administration may have found in the state secrets privilege, the ultimate tool for making its actions invincible to all challenges, and making us the new communist power.

President Bush’s arguments about his national security powers, and his use of ‘state secrets’ immunity threaten the concept of checks and balances, as it has been understood in America for over 200 years. Bush and his lawyers contend that the president’s powers in these matters are unlimited.

Since the war on terror is currently scheduled to run practically forever, the executive supremacy they’re asserting won’t be a temporary condition.

Write your Congressperson or Senator.

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/

Thought Crime, Hate Crime, Doublespeak, etc., etc.

“The symbol of the race ought to be a human being carrying an ax, for every human being has one concealed about him somewhere, and is always seeking the opportunity to grind it.” Mark Twain

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Excerpted from the ‘International Covenant 0n Civil and Political Rights‘ (ICCPR) of United Nations. The US is a signatory, in 1992, to this international agreement on human rights.

Article 18, paragraph 1
Everyone will have the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion….there is more, but it dwells on religion. The parts I am interested in are thought and conscience.
Article 19, paragraph 1
Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions (thought) without interference….The thought part is my interjection.
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In today’s world, the US government does not recognize these principles anymore. We are evolving into a state that will not allow thought to differ from the stated goals of the Federal Government. If you disagree with the President too loudly, they’ll get you, and they won’t need a warrant to do it. You probably won’t have the right of Habeas Corpus either.

If you express your thoughts or opinion that differ too far from mainstream thought, whatever that is, you will be penalized, whether by social ostracism out of fear of association, or job firing, or arrested for ‘disturbing civil order’, as I believe they call it in China.

As I have written before, I believe it won’t be long before the stuff I am writing now will be illegal. There are now projects underway to control expression (thought) on the Internet, in democratic countries. It is, as you know, controlled in many parts of the world now. My only crime so far, is thought.

Since the Federal Government got (seized) the right for *warrantless searches and wiretapping they have started to use it in going after civil and criminal, non-terrorist, activities. *This is specifically prohibited in our Constitution.

“The “most systematic invasion of privacy of every American citizen that has ever been taken in this country” has been taken with the expanded use of wiretapping and secret court proceedings as part of the United States’ War on Terror….

…. We have always held out the shibboleth of Big Brother as a nightmarish vision of the future that we’re going to avoid at all costs. . They (Bush and Cheney, et al) have now taken the most fateful step in the direction of that Big Brother nightmare that any president has ever allowed to occur.” Al Gore


“To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you – passport application, driver’s license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the FBI, your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance – and you have the supersnoop’s dream: a ‘Total Information Awareness’ about every U.S. citizen.” William Safire. Note from me: It does not stop with Muslim’s; it is already starting on all of us. See:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/13/AR2007061302453_pf.html

Once the US Government has a law in place for ‘special circumstances’ they do not hesitate to use it for other circumstances. Me

Now one more quote from a very perceptive writer:
“One shudders at the possibility that the day may come when the mere thought of committing a crime will carry its own punishment. We already have laws against “terrorist threats,” where the mere suggestion of violence carries a prison sentence. How long before this notion becomes twisted into a law prohibiting “criminal thoughts,” where merely thinking about a violent act carries a prison sentence?” Robert A. Ross at: http://www.davidross.info/current2.html

A side note: I believe this is already a principle of law in the UK. See: https://thewordofme.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/thought-crime-in-england
It is also a crime in England to “collect information, without reasonable excuse.” But, I digress.

These scenarios are scary. It’s is as we were living in pre-1991 Soviet Russia, or any of the Communist states that still hang on to it’s principle’s. We are fast evolving into a society where political correctness is the supreme law, and to break from this is thought crime.

Do you think this is a good thing?

Write your Congressperson or Senator.
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/

Corrupt Government?

Do you believe that Vice-President Dick Cheney is not profiting from the hiring of Halliburton as a “no-bid-no oversight” contractor for support services in the Iraqi war?

Having worked in the oil business in West Texas, I know how that ‘Good old boy’ network works. You can bet your bottom dollar that there was a lot of fishy, underhanded signing of illegal contracts going on at the beginning, and probably going on now…that Blackwater deal comes immediately to mind.

The following links will give you an idea of how many dollars were/are changing hands:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/politics/main575356.shtml

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Cheneys_stock_options_rose_3281_last_1011.html

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0403-10.htm

More recently we have learned that Cheney along with Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, buddies since the 1970’s Ford administration (Ford’s Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) and Chief of Staff (Dick Cheney), misrepresented intelligence in 2002 to send us into Iraq which greatly increased the wealth of cronies in the Military/Industrial complex, and added the burden of over 3,000 dead American servicemen and women, as many as one hundred thousand wounded, and probably well over a hundred thousand dead Iraqis, also added was a level of worldwide instability not seen since the run-up to World War Two.

Another interesting thing I came across is a former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s ties to the Tamiflu fiasco of the last few years. Immediately before hiring on with George Bush he was Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences (1-97 to 1-01). Now Gilead is the developer of Tamiflu, a drug that George W. Bush urged Congress to pass $7.1 Billion in emergency funding to purchase, to prepare for a possible Bird Flu pandemic. This was in 2005 and Donald was still employed by ol’ G.W.

Federal disclosure forms indicate that Rumsfeld owned over $5 million dollars worth of Gilead Sciences stock at that time. The resultant rise in stock prices alone was thought to have added over $2.5 million bucks to his net worth.

The Donald at a press Conference at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, June 6, 2002
“Now what is the message there? The message is that there are known “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.”
Boy, that’s real leadership, a clear-eyed vision of reality, by one of the Bush family’s favorite buddies and trusted leader of our countries military, in the most important endeavor of the new century.

Boy is our country suffering. We really need a change of leadership, an end to corrupt politicians, and wide-ranging investigation into what is going on in the internal workings of our federal government.

And, just maybe…indictments.

Write your elected officials.
Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Congress: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Vermont Activists want to arrest President and VP

Activists in a small town in Vermont want to arrest and prosecute George Bush and Dick Cheney for violations of constitutional law.

“A group in Brattleboro,VT is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

The measure asks: “Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictment for consideration by other municipalities?”

“This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do,” said Kurt Daims, 54, a retired machinist leading the drive.”

Vermont’s Senate voted earlier this year to support impeachment of President Bush, and “Impeach Bush” stickers are on the bumpers of many cars in the state.

Of course this won’t really go anywhere, but it’s nice to see people realizing what the present Administration is trying (and sadly, mostly achieving) to do with our country.

Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 Redux

H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
Here’s how the political parties voted in the house in Oct, 07
These are your congressmen/women voting away your rights

Totals & Party Breakdown
Total                                        Democrat     Republican     Independent
Ayes: 404 (94%)                         219               185                     0
Nays: 6 (1%)                                    3                    3                     0
No Vote: 22 (5%)                          10                  12                     0
Required: 2/3 of 410 votes (274)

I have already written my Senators about HR 1955 and I will continue to urge
others (you) to write and tell their Senators that they strongly oppose this bill.

HR 1955 will effectively strip HALF of the Bill of Rights from our constitution.
This bill is an end run around the constitutional law of our country and is very
close to making certain ‘thoughts’ a crime.

Don’t take my word for it….surf the internet and see what others are saying about
this proposed law….it really is frightening.

You will not have to be a Muslim to feel the affects of this law.

I know I have posted on this subject before, but it’s really important to try to
defeat this law and I’m afraid that many young people will not even care….Till later.

Heres how to contact your Senators:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Help, does anyone know how to make tables work in WordPress ? Can’t seem to make
the voting results table work right.

Gimme More Taxes!!!

Did you ever think of how many taxes you pay? Trick question! I was reading a news article about rich people and the lower percentage of tax they pay in relation to income.

Warren Buffet (second richest man on EARTH) pays less tax, percentage wise, than his own employees. Proof again that the Politicians screw over (polite phrase for F___ over) the middle class, while talking out of both sides of their mouth.

Did you catch that a few years back when Bush lowered our taxes? No, not OURS, those people making over $250,000 a year. Those making less, payed more.

Think of things on this list….no matter what they are called in your state, they ARE taxes.

Auto Tire Excise Tax
Building Permit Tax
Cigarette Tax
Beer and Alcohol Tax
City Business License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Franchise Tax
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Food Tax-some states
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges–tax on top of tax
IRS Penalties–tax on top of tax on top of tax
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Transfer Tax,
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax–Tax on what you pay in?
State Business License Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
Smog inspection Tax
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Tax on your Coffin
Tax on your burial plot–refer to inheritance Tax
Tax to dispose of your used auto oil and tires
Tax to enter State or Federal Parks (admission fee)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Toll Road Charges/Tax
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.

Coming soon–Taxes on all your Internet transactions–all taxing authorities in the various States are salivating over this–they think they have a GOD GIVEN RIGHT to extract ‘juice’ from this goldmine.

How many hundred did I miss?? Junk Taxes Never end.
One thing a lot of people don’t think about is that some of the taxes they pay are caused by their demand for services. Try being more self sufficient, don’t ask for more, ask for less.

Genocide in Iraq

If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.” – “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” – James Madison

The American war strike and occupation in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of anywhere from 100,000 to over 1 million Iraqi people and the probable displacement of perhaps 4 million from their homes….depending on who you believe. But, they’re only Iraqi’s, who cares….the oil is there.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Of course a lot of these deaths were Iraqi to Iraqi violence (maybe 25%) that was brought about by our killing the people in charge of the infrastructure, and the consequent rush to fill this power vacuum. We, of course, knew this would happen and had good plans to counter it…But, the oil is there.

Iraq is now pumping more oil than they did pre-war…We have dibs on it…We have augmented our national strategic reserve…Who directly profits from this fact?

There are some rumors floating around the Internet that the Bush White House is playing loose with the numbers of our soldiers killed in the war. But, we have taken out a threat to our country, who had Weapons of Mass Destruction…Right?

Hey, if your son or daughter comes back in a coffin how do you keep track of the others that came back the same. There is no transparency about this matter, we have to trust our government to tell the truth. But, we have taken out a threat to our country, who had Weapons of Mass Destruction…Right?

We have made the area more stable and now have many friends there….Right?
We have made the world safer for our children, haven’t we?

Now we will be staying there for the foreseeable future, spending untold Billions of dollars on top of the near Trillion dollars we have already spent….But, the oil is there. Who directly profits from this fact?

Could it be the 2 oilmen in charge of our country….Naw…..we know they are honorable men.
They would never mislead us, lie to us, or sell us out to Big Oil. It’s not their fault that gas is over $3.00 a gallon.
They are honest men and will look out for us….Right?
Those rumors about Daddy Bush, the Saudi’s, and The Carlyle Group weren’t true….Right?
Those rumors about Halliburton weren’t true….Right?

We can trust our leaders….Right??