Friday, July 15, 2005

DRACONIAN RULE

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We used to have a Constitution. Every once and a while, it is misplaced or burned by our rulers. Then they dust it off, actually, we force them to return it to us, we add on more stuff protecting ourselves and life goes on. The rulers have once again torn up the Constitution. The misnamed Patriot Act and the Gore vs the Ruling Elite in 2000 has rendered the Constitution moot.

From the Washington Post
A man convicted for what he said -- words that prosecutors said incited his followers to train for violent jihad against the United States -- had a few more things to say yesterday in a federal courtroom in Alexandria before he was sentenced to life in prison.

Ali Al-Timimi, a prominent Muslim spiritual leader, delivered an impassioned statement in which he asserted his innocence, read the preamble to the U.S. Constitution and said his religious beliefs do not recognize "secular law." He then compared himself to the Greek philosopher Socrates, who was sentenced to death for corrupting the young and dishonoring the gods of Athens.
OK, let's review some history here! Way back in the old days, before Bizarro world took over, it was early April, 18, 1995. I was moving timber and was driving my pickup truck across the property, bouncing along, when my hand hit the radio by accident and it turned onto an AM station I never heard of before.

"I ask all real patriots to pick up a gun and punish the ATF officers who killed all those little children at Waco last year," yelled the man. He lived at that time in Idaho, he was a white power racist. I wrote down the station ID and called them after looking them up. After being called names by them, I hung up and then called Washington, DC and talked to my contacts in the FBI, this was back when the FBI still chatted with me periodically (since 1970, heh). I told them to watch out for the FBI and BATF offices in Oklahoma City and Dallas, Texas. They said, "Don't worry. These guys are just talking big."

The next morning, I was washing dishes. The birds were singing. The tiny battery operated TV was on. 9:02 (terrorists LOVE that time slot!) OKC time, the TV show was interrupted by the breaking news about the explosion which just happened. The smoke from it was still rising. I dropped the dish and broke it. I wailed, "NO!" and the phone behind me rang.

It was the BATF in DC calling. They were screaming at me. I told them I overheard the white power racists talking about assassinating them. They sent an agent over from Albany.

We went over my information very carefully. On TV, they had the usual people talking about Muslim terrorists. I told them, "Look for a thin, blonde haired man, check out your data from infiltrating the Idaho groups. There is a connection". They sent out the bulletin and caught McVeigh.

For years and years, the FBI considered me to be a good source of information. Today, they won't dare talk to me.

The point here is...the people on the radio calling for terrorist attacks on Federal agents and Federal buildings were not even arrested. They didn't go to trial. They aren't "life in prison". This garbage today is pure rank racism.

"The first amendment protects him," they told me. Well, obviously, we no longer have a first amendment. The cleric sent unjustly to prison today didn't call on people to kill Federal agents or blow up DC, he told them to fight in a holy war...far away from America.

We now have troops all over the planet. This means no people can talk about fighting our military which is stationed in 75% of the world's countries. This hyper imperial reach collapses at home when white so called Christian males and females want to sound off.

Anne Coulter: like the cleric, no one was shot, no one did anything violent, they only talked about terrorizing people. She famously called for the NYT building to be bombed by the same clowns who I called the FBI on. From Media Matters:
* October 2004: Two days after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Coulter wrote about Muslims: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." She was fired from the right-wing National Review Online in late 2001 for this comment. Since then, she has not changed her position: In her new book, How to Talk to a Liberal, she wrote: "I am often asked if I still think we should invade their [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity. The answer is: Now more than ever!"

* August 26, 2002: On Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."
She isn't alone in egging violent people to commit grave crimes.

From David Neiwart of Orcinus:
This bumper sticker was spotted by Left in SF over the weekend -- disturbingly, on an SUV parked among a crowd of cars out for a gay-pride rally.

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These "permits" have been around for awhile now, mostly circulating on the fringes of the far right, but they've been increasingly making their way into broader circulation. One of the Minutemen described in Andy Isaacson's mash letter to that extremist phenomenon sported just such a sticker on his rig.

The people sporting such stickers, no doubt, will contend that it's just a joke -- as though such a fig leaf could disguise the violent attitudes and beliefs required to find it humorous. Next they'll argue that stickers saying "Hitler Needed to Finish the Job" are just meant to be funny.

This is, of course, just another permutation of the rising tide of eliminationist rhetoric directed at liberals. It's everywhere -- including now, thanks to Karl Rove, the highest echelons of the Bush administration.
Quite. I notice this all over the place. Famously, a certain Senator from the south told President Clinton to not visit his state because he would be assassinated and he let it be known, he thought this would be a good thing, too. The Senator wasn't brought up on charges. He wasn't run out of office. Nothing happened to him. It supposedly was illegal for anyone to threaten the President but since this was Clintona and the terrorist was a Republican, it was OK.

From the NYT:
In a significant victory for the Bush administration's antiterrorism policy, a federal appeals court ruled today that military commissions could resume war crimes trials of detainees at the American naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled unanimously for the administration and against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, who is facing terrorism charges.

The panel emphatically overturned a decision on Nov. 8 by a federal district judge in Washington, James Robertson, who had ruled that in setting up military commissions to try the detainees President Bush overstepped his constitutional authority and improperly brushed aside Geneva Convention provisions on the handling prisoners of war.
These are mostly Muslims who aren't part of the Treaty of Westphalia concert of civilized nations that lined up toops to shoot politely at each other! They were fighters so they should be treated as such whatever they were wearing! We have quite a few soldiers "out of uniform" all over Asia Minor, by the way, and you can bet, we will howl like banshees if they were put on trial and then shot for being out of uniform!
Administration lawyers had argued that Judge Robertson, in conferring Geneva Convention protections on Mr. Hamdan and by extension others like him, had "put terrorism on the same legal footing as legitimate methods of waging war."

Those "legitimate methods," as described in the Convention, include wearing uniforms to distinguish fighters from civilians and prohibitions against making civilians targets. The administration argued that Al Qaeda fighters had openly defied the Convention.
The head reels.

In one month is the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Gads, during WWII, 50% of the targets, 100% at the end of the war, were civilian only. We and the others in that hideous, ugly war, killed literally tens of millions of humans. And we executed the losers accusing them of torturing out of uniform people and civilians etc. Geeze, can't we look in a mirror here for a minute?
The appeals court said Congress had given the president all the authority he needed in a resolution passed just after Sept. 11, 2001. "It is impossible to see any basis for Hamdan's claim that Congress has not authorized military commission," the court ruled.

Nor does it matter at all, the court said, that Congress did not formally declare war on Al Qaeda after Sept. 11. The battle against Al Qaeda is as much a conflict as many other undeclared but still deadly wars in the nation's history, the court reasoned.
Um, and what exactly were these "undeclared but still deadly wars"? Hmmm....reviewing my own family history. We killed quite a few natives when we came here. They were in the way. They resented us shooting all the deer and beaver and taking rich farmland and plowing it for ourselves and cutting them out of their old camp grounds. They had no uniforms, heck, few weapons that weren't made of stone!

So we killed nearly all of them.

We didn't even bother putting on uniforms to do this, though often, we did. Blow them up, massacre the women and children. Teach them to mess around with our appropriations! And the slaves! Well. Even in uniform, they had precious few rights.

Yup. No blood on our hands. We are pure as driven snow.

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