Wednesday, October 18, 2006

October 17, 2006


Yesterday the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

This law gives the President the authority to deem any person, American citizen or not, an "enemy combatant" and confine them for an indefinite period of time without charges or trial.

It also makes it legal for any "enemy combatant", citizen or not, to be tortured for information.

This happened.

Here in America.

The President of the United States essentially named himself judge and jury over everyone in the entire world.

Some people are outraged.

Some people are trying to get the country to understand.

And some people are buying guns.

I've said it before: It's weird here in America. We're all going about our daily lives like this is still a nation of laws. Like things are like they were.

The President can imprison and torture you, me, or anyone if he so desires. Without charges. Without review.

I've suspected it for quite a while, but this makes it official.

America is dead.


Anonymous UTeeh said...

Bush suxxxxxx

I was reading this link:

The US has adopted a tough new policy aimed at protecting its interests in space and denying "adversaries" access there for hostile purposes.

The document - signed by President Bush - also says "freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power".

The document rejects any proposals to ban space weapons.

But the White House has said the policy does not call for the development or deployment of weapons in space.

However, some military experts warn that by refusing to enter into negotiations on space weaponry, the US is likely to fuel international suspicions that it will develop such weapons.

The 10-page strategic document states that the US national security "is critically dependent upon space capabilities, and this dependence will grow".

"The United States will preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space... and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to US national interests," it says.

Satellite fears

The document also sets out US commercial ambitions, saying it is committed to encouraging and facilitating a growing entrepreneurial space sector.

President Bush. File photo
The Bush administration says there is no shift in its policy
It is the first revision in US space policy for 10 years, and it is a forthright one, the BBC's Nick Miles in Washington says.

It addresses concerns voiced in a 2001 Pentagon report that said technological advances would enable potential enemies to disrupt orbiting US satellites, our correspondent says.

Unclassified details of the policy published on the internet say space capabilities, including spy and other communication satellites, are essential for national security.

But the White House said the policy was not a prelude to putting weapons in orbit and that there was no shift in US policy.

"The notion that you would do defence from space is different from that of weaponisation of space. We're comfortable with the policy", White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

President Bush authorised the policy in August but it was not released until October.

During the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan proposed a defence shield using laser or particle beam technology to "intercept and destroy" incoming nuclear missiles.

The Strategic Defence Initiative, or "Star Wars" programme as it came to be known, was abandoned in 1993.

Wed Oct 18, 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous UTeeh said...

PS: it is the program of Donald Rumsfeld & CO with his asymetric war. It reminds me Mercedes tactic: dominating Air, Ground and Sea. They just added Space until somebody finds a way to go inside the matrix to reverse everything :)

Wed Oct 18, 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous UTeeh said...

btw I like the new flag lol

Wed Oct 18, 08:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

"And some people are buying guns." ==== Robert: And when they suddenly decide to collect all the privately owned weapons -- "for the public good" -- we should bear in mind that it's a logical prelude to subsequently "collecting" the citizens themselves, just as occurred in Nazi Germany! That is one regard in which those who've vehemently opposed firearms registration in this country have always been entirely correct, in my mind. Those registration lists would provide ready reference for any such insatiably intrusive government. So I found it particularly intriguing that the writer from Moab specifically mused about going to the *pawn shop*, NOT a gunsmith. Presumably, Federal registration and background checks -- required on all NEW purchases. -- do not apply to *resales* in some states, as was true in the past. I have no idea how this works elsewhere anymore, but New Jersey has long been "gun control heaven" (or *hell*, depending on your point of view) -- one needs a *permit* just to "purchase or own" firearms, in direct defiance of the Second Amendment. And police, who administer the process, can quite *arbitrarily* deny such applications, from what I understand. ==== "America is dead." ... SHORT live America! (And kudos on posting that essential piece of the Declaration of Independence as response. The gauntlet of oppression has been thrown down; it is now left entirely up to us, the people.)

Thu Oct 19, 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

I've said it before: It's weird here in America. We're all going about our daily lives like this is still a nation of laws. Like things are like they were.

oh, it IS still a nation of laws - a nation, who now seems to figure out the difference between a constitutional state and a Rechtsstaat

problem is, that i now can see no chance to change the path within the usual "way of life" - i cannot imagine another president PLUS his party (in case, that America could re-introduce free and fair elections) so decent and so just and so democratic (all together!) to resist the "offered power" of a practical dictatorship - and the public will not force them tor resist, too apathetic the people and too corrupt industry and the MurdochMediaHores

so i guess the laws for unlimited power will stay - not used for a while, i guess, but also not changed - you know, the evil terrorism and so on - so "this few odd laws" will be forgotten and hidden and waiting as time-bomb for the next attempt to "overcome" democracy

America is dead

hey, we are twins! The only problem (for you - or actually for each and every living person regarding the killing power of USA) is that the inevitable crash with reality has still to come

but as long as America doesn't kill the future of humankind (which is alas not that unlikely) - America isn't dead. Yes, the good people are seldom and seem to be silent, but they exist

and the more it seems that the lazy, stupid and evil win - the stronger they get, even when they fight alone. They might not win in the end - but they pioneer redemption

Thu Oct 19, 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

hi nemo, nice to meet you here ;-)

it is now left entirely up to us, the people

sorry to correct: entirely up to us, SOME of the people

as the Germans had to learn and the Russians and the Romans and the French and.... - alphaship depends on the support of the masses, no alpha, no leader without underlings

i guess you have to think like Spartacus - watch your back ;-)

Thu Oct 19, 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Hello, Again: I've been moving a bit slow the past few days -- a group of tiny, NeoCon-like organisms has apparently taken it upon itself to "liberate" my internal "terrain", and its "beneficent reconstruction" has been quite protracted and difficult. [Alas, there never *were* any "weapons of mass destruction" within.] ;-) ==== Of course, you're quite right: it's only a portion of the populace that would actively oppose this amoral excuse for a "government". But then, that's been true in virtually every revolution throughout history, including the first American one. There will always be "loyalists" to contend with, however misguided. But they rarely constitute the majority in any "flashpoint" scenario. In the NeoConNazis' case, it would be truly fitting to refer to them as "Bushist dead-enders". ;-) ==== That model you presented -- the RechtsStaat -- has been on my mind *constantly* since you first raised it. The "rule of law" is certainly not the same thing as justice, as both Hitler and Bush have amply proven. (Amazing how Bush too has seen fit to have his atrocities "legitimized" by Act of Congress, however belatedly. Now he's fully empowered to perpetrate even more abuse, and will almost undoubtedly *stretch* his newly ceded "legal authority" ad nauseum.) ==== No, my point was merely that the US presidency is entirely corrupt, and the Congress nearly so, leaving ONLY "us, the people" to remedy our own misery (and that of Bush's victims). Since I no longer have ANY confidence in our tainted E-lection system, that leaves us few alternatives. (I will nevertheless cast my vote this November, but I *won't* assume it will be accurately tallied. There's simply too much evidence AGAINST any such faith in this incredibly leaky "boat".)

Fri Oct 20, 07:32:00 PM  

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