Bush Assumes Dictatorial Powers!!! (SFGate.com, 17 October 2006) George W. Bush got what he wanted, ostensibly as a tool in his unfocused "war on terror": By signing into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Bush has made it legal for the C.I.A. to continue operating torture facilities in undisclosed, foreign countries, and for the writ of habeas corpus to be suspended for individuals who are designated "enemy combatants" against the U.S. (Designated by whom? That question remains unanswered.) The law also "establishes military tribunals that would allow some use of evidence obtained by coercion [that is, torture] . . . The provisions of Bush's new torture law mean that Americans have lost the key, constitutional right on which Anglo-American criminal law (and criminal-law procedures in true democracies in general) is founded; that's the basic right of an individual to know why he or she is being apprehended and detained. Now, technically, as in Stalin's Soviet Union, Hitler's Germany, Mao's China or Pol Pot's Cambodia, anyone labeled an "enemy combatant" - again, by whom; by Bush? - can be whisked away and never heard from again. That kind of authority, in the hands of corrupt or untruthful politicians, may or may not be an effective tool in some kind of "war on terror," but it certainly can be a useful tool when it comes to silencing their opponents. . . .
In an Orwellian pronouncement dutifully reported by Voice of America, the taxpayer-funded "news" service that acts as a mouthpiece for the administration, Bush said: "The United States does not torture....It is against our laws and it is against our values. By allowing the C.I.A. program to go forward, this bill is preserving a tool that has saved American lives." Bush's claim flies in the face of numerous reports of torture conducted by American officials at U.S. military prisons or secret locations overseas. (See Human Rights Watch)
Xinhua observes: "Three weeks before the midterm congressional elections, [Bush's] signing of the bill was believed to be a deliberate move aimed to shift public attention...from the scandals that could cost Republicans their control of Congress."
American Prison Camps Are on the Way (Marjorie Cohn, AlterNet. October 9, 2006) The Military Commissions Act of 2006 governing the treatment of detainees is the culmination of relentless fear-mongering by the Bush administration since the September 11 terrorist attacks. . . . Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants." . . . Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on Bush's list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens. . . . The bill also strips habeas corpus rights from detained aliens who have been declared enemy combatants. Congress has the constitutional power to suspend habeas corpus only in times of rebellion or invasion. The habeas-stripping provision in the new bill is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court will likely say so when the issue comes before it. . . . Although more insidious, this law follows in the footsteps of other unnecessarily repressive legislation. In times of war and national crisis, the government has targeted immigrants and dissidents. . . . . . . In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the internment of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens in Korematsu v. United States. Justice Robert Jackson warned in his dissent that the ruling would "lie about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need." . . . That day has come with the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It provides the basis for the President to round-up both aliens and U.S. citizens he determines have given material support to terrorists. Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Cheney's Halliburton, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables. . . . In his 1928 dissent in Olmstead v. United States, Justice Louis Brandeis cautioned, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding." Seventy-three years later, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, speaking for a zealous President, warned Americans "they need to watch what they say, watch what they do." . . . We can expect Bush to continue to exploit 9/11 to strip us of more of our liberties. Our constitutional right to dissent is in serious jeopardy. Benjamin Franklin's prescient warning should give us pause: "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.". . . Read more!
United States Prepares To Drop 'Net of Freedom' Over America (Sorcha Faal, September 28, 2006) Preparations within America show their plan is to not only construct 1,800 Observation Towers along their border with Mexico, but also to being construction of a further 900 Observation Towers along their Northern border with Canada. . . . As history has always shown when totalitarian nations enter the final phases geared towards the total subjugation of their citizens, the United States Government is also instigating a series of draconian documentation procedures for Americans, to include new passport requirements for all of their citizens entering both Mexico and Canada, and a National ID card system . . . Towards all of these events, however, lies the seminal shift within the minds of the American people themselves that would allow such totalitarian measures to be enacted against them in the first place . . . A conclusion that can be rightly made of these American people today, and based upon the known facts, is that the success of the United States Government/Corporate Alliance to turn these human beings into nothing more than consuming machines is now complete. . . . From individuals of just a century ago, and who believed in their freedoms, liberties and a society based upon the common good, the Americans of today are nothing more today than 'individual consumers', and who have been reduced to slaves to their government/corporate interests who provide them a never ending variety of consumer goods these people not only do not need, but most insidiously are designed for no other purpose than to keep these people believing that they always need more. . . . Where the identity of human beings, in our ages past, had always been defined by the strength of a society, today a new monster has arisen in the World where these Western people, particularly the Americans, define their identity based solely upon their individual wants and desires, and which their government/corporate masters freely provide to them because if these people are content in having their personal identity defined in what they consume they care not for who rules them. . . . But unknown to these American people is that that which enables their Military Leaders to control them also makes them their Rulers greatest threat. For the price of unlimited consumerism, pandering to the individual against the need of the society as a whole, is the disintegration of that entire society, and which the American Empire is facing today, but cannot be fully accomplished prior to a Global War, and which unknown to these slaves of consumerism has been the ages old goal of their masters all along. . . . Read more!