|about the creation of the German Gestapo wrote the above. What Hitler knew and every totalitarian government knows is that the way to gain additional power and control over the people is to have a major crisis which makes the people feel insecure and unsafe. The government then offers to protect the people from this “new” threat. All that is required is for the people to give up some of their liberties and freedoms.
The Bush administration, of course, would not use this tactic. We might expect it of someone like Clinton, but not conservative President Bush. Remember that after the Oklahoma City bombing Congress rushed to pass an anti-terrorism bill. It gave the power to determine who a terrorist was to one person – the President of the United States. After a conservative outcry, some of the worst aspects of the bill were deleted, but many others were kept in it. Conservatives were rightfully concerned about letting President Bill Clinton decide who was or was not a terrorist.
Now that President Bush is in the oval office conservatives seem to think that it is okay to allow one person determine who is or is not a terrorist because the USA Patriot Act gives the power of solely making that determination to none other than the U.S. Attorney General. Some people feel safe and secure in the knowledge that John Ashcroft will use that judgment wisely. Those people should question whether they would feel comfortable with the likes of a Janet Reno making that determination. Some of us even have a problem with John Ashcroft making that decision alone.
That was the USA Patriot Act – a bill that was not even available for Congress to read before it was voted on and approved. Congressman Ron Paul from Texas repeatedly requested to see a copy of the bill before the rushed vote, but never got a copy.
Now the Homeland Security Act has been voted on and approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. It became law on November 25, 2002. Interestingly enough, this time the 484 page bill was only delivered to Congressmen two hours before the vote was taken. It was complex and difficult to analyze. However, for our brilliant Congressmen I am sure that two hours is plenty of time to peruse 484 pages of legalese gobbledygook. More likely they gave up trying to understand it and voted for it anyway.
In the Senate they got almost 48 hours to scrutinize it before voting 90 to 9 to make it the law of the land. No committees debated it, no hearings were held, no witnesses appeared to testify for or against the bill, in short the “slow and deliberate Senate” rushed to pass this bill before anyone had a real chance to analyze it closely.
Some still say that they trust the Bush administration to properly administer the misnamed U.S. Patriot Act and the new Office of Homeland Security. Assuming that the Bushies will properly administer it fairly and equitably – what happens with a new President who is more like Clinton or Hitler? Then again, what about Mr. Bush?
Kirt Poovey, former gubernatorial candidate, firefighter, and business owner, is the author of Prophecy - 2024 - which can be purchased at http://www.prophecy2024.com. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Homeland Security: Hitler Redux
By Kirt R. Poovey
“An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to insure our domestic security and protect our homeland." Sound familiar? Which of the following made the above quote: President George W. Bush, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Homeland Security Czar Tom Ridge, or Secretary of State Colin Powell?
The correct answer is none of the above. In 1922 Adolph Hitler, writing