Greetings, gentle Readers…
Here in the U.S. we have had a good run. A country founded on the rule of Law, not men, protected freedoms and liberties, checks and balances holding it all together.
Not any more.
This weekend, the Democrats of both the House and Senate showed the huge yellow streak on their backs (and shorts) by caving in to the Administration when it comes to protecting citizen’s Rights for having a member of the Judicial Branch perform oversight and review when it comes to certain types of warrants.
Some may not see this as any big deal, others think it’s fine because the Administration claims it’s only about foreign terror suspects, and yet another faction says that if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.
Your humble Commentator calls …bullshit.
Let’s recap, shall we?
Our Constitution says – The extraordinary government power to curb civil rights and liberties during crisis periods, such as times of war, lies with Congress and not the President. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress, and not the President, with the power to suspend the right of habeas corpus during a period of rebellion or invasion.”
This is important because of the case history involving Jose Padilla who was held for about 3 years, without being charged, and without trial or even appearance before a court, about 2 years of which was spent in solitary confinement. Held because the Administration classified this American Citizen as an “enemy combatant”. This was never proven, nor established by any member of the Judicial branch, but a proclamation by the Administration alone.
So, yes Virginia…the government can now lock you up with no recourse, merely by saying you are an “enemy combatant” and never have to prove a thing against you.
This was the first step in destroying the Rights of Citizens to be protected against our government.
The next step has been the circumventing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) passed in 1978. This set of laws and regulation was created in the aftermath of some scandals involving the government wiretapping folks without a warrant, and was meant to provide rules, guidelines and oversight for the interception of foreign communications in the name of National Security.
A fine idea by all accounts, and it has been revised and updated over 50 times since it’s inception in order to cover all the bases and keep things above board and under the scrutiny of checks and balances.
Until this Administration decided it could monitor anything it wanted to without bothering with those pesky warrants. Congress took a pitiful stab at getting answers from the Attorney General about it all, to no avail, getting stonewalled at every turn…and possibly lied to by the nation’s highest Law Enforcement Officer as touched upon in this article.
Now comes the part that should scare the shit out of every Citizen in our Nation.
This weekend, the Democrats cravenly caved in to the Bush machine’s pressure to let them have their way when it comes to digging up anything they want to without any kind of warrant, just on 2 Administration appointees say so.
Not wanting to engage in serious debate or investigation, not wanting to look “weak on terror”, and wanting nothing more than to go on their vacation…each and every Senator and Congressman who voted for this Bill, as well as those who wrote it, and the man who signed it into Law are traitors to the Republic.
They’ll hem and haw and make excuses like “it’s only for six months”! Yeah, like Padilla’s sitting in solitary confinement for about 2 years was also a temporary inconvenience.
Don’t be fooled, don’t listen to anyone else (including me). Take a look at it all for yourselves, read up, think about it.
One would think real Conservatives would be pissed at the erosion of their basic Rights, one would think real Liberals would be pissed at the destruction of the checks and balances that are supposed to protect Individuals from the government.
Perhaps, but it looks like both sides of the aisle could give an aerial fornication bisecting a rotating pastry about U.S., they just wanted to go on vacation rather than do their jobs fulfilling their Oaths to preserve, uphold and protect the Constitution.
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – attributed to Ben Franklin
So here we have it, our government can now tap all your communications without a warrant, because two Administration appointed officials say they can, and then if they want to declare you an “enemy combatant” they can toss you in jail, with NO charges brought against you, for as long as they want with no ability to appeal.
All of that without ANY judicial review…you know, those pesky checks and balances.
Looks like in the new Big Brother 21st century, Uncle Sam ain’t no nice guy, after all.
For those quick to defend all of this, remember there’s a damn good possibility that all of this power and potential for abuse will be in the hands of a Democrat (maybe even Hillary) come November ’08.
For those who think the Democrats will defend them and make it all right in the end, remember those spineless shitweasels just let this happen so they could go on vacation and to try and dodge a fight over a real issue. All because they were afraid of W and his cronies and just wanted to go on vacation.
For those who still support this Administration, this is the Law they wanted, that they wrote, and that they put their pressure on to have passed…and this was the watered down version.
Look it all up, think it over, decide for yourselves after checking multiple sources.
Me? I just smashed my cell phone, and am pondering a crew cut, an NRA membership and getting “born again” just to keep Big Brother from my door for a while longer.
your mileage may vary…