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Seek Repeal Of Constitution Killing Enabling Act?
Or are Mark Foley's perverted e mails of more importance to the existence of freedom in the United States?
The end of the U.S. Constitution and the impending passage of George W. Bush's own Enabling Act are of little importance to a U.S. media fixated with the lurid e mails of a pervert politician. Will Americans focus on what really matters and seek a repeal of HR 6166?
We have the legal precedent and the unmitigated necessity to lobby and protest for repeal legislation of this draconian power grab to be introduced in the U.S. Senate.
It was only through public pressure that legislation to repeal drug companies' immunity to lawsuits caused by gross negligence and vaccine damage (The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act) was introduced and is still under the consideration of the Senate.
Will Democrats, the majority of whom voted to hand Bush a mandate that puts him above the law, ever back up their rhetoric and challenge this horrific attack on the Bill of Rights?
Will Americans push for a similar repeal of Bush's Military Commissions Act? A legal mandate for absolute power that greases the skids for American citizens to be labeled enemy combatants, disappeared and tortured?
Left-leaning commentators and blogs are aghast that the bill would pave the way for immigrants to be deported or detained in a similar vein to the world war two Japanese internment program - a sentiment that only emboldens Neo-Con cheerleaders to further praise the legislation.
The crux of the issue that left-gatekeepers have played their part in overshadowing is that the bill allows U.S. citizens to be targeted as terrorists, kidnapped and stripped of all legal rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Top legal scholars have expressed their shock at the scope of the so-called "compromise" legislation.
Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman states in the L.A. Times, "The compromise legislation....authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights."
Similarly, law Professor Marty Lederman explains: "this [subsection (ii) of the definition of 'unlawful enemy combatant'] means that if the Pentagon says you're an unlawful enemy combatant -- using whatever criteria they wish -- then as far as Congress, and U.S. law, is concerned, you are one, whether or not you have had any connection to 'hostilities' at all."
As we reported on Friday, the bill also contains a definition of "wrongfully aiding the enemy" which labels all American citizens who breach their "allegiance" to President Bush and the actions of his government as terrorists subject to possible arrest, torture and conviction in front of a military tribunal.
It also preemptively criminalizes any challenge to the legislation's legality by the Supreme Court or any United States court and allows the use of torture that is, "incidental to lawful sanctions."
Detainment facilities on American soil have already been set up to handle an influx of prisoners in anticipation of a major nuclear or biological terror attack or widespread race riots. At the start of the year Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root were awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency.
The fact that freedom in America was officially buried last Thursday was swiftly knocked off the top of the news cycle by more school shootings, more mindless celebrity gossip, and a morbid fascination with the perverted ramblings of Republican Congressman Mark Foley.
The White House is deliberately fanning the flames of this faux controversy by having Press Secretary Tony Snow downplay Foley's actions as "naughty e mails." This arrogant dismissal causes a new wave of righteous outrage to wash over the blogosphere and give the story legs for the rest of the week - just enough time for the Military Commissions Act to safely reach Bush's desk.
There is no question that Foley needs to be investigated and have a restraining order slapped on him for life but press saturation of the story has diverted attention from the most egregious affront to liberty since the PATRIOT Act - as Bush prepares to put the final signature on the American Police State.