Monday, November 06, 2006

Making the World's Day

A cartoon short with Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld making fun of the average American's financial situation and then seeing them thrown out of Airforce One without a parachute. Yeah, funny...

"Go Fuck Yourself Mr. Cheney" - Live on CNN, someone off camera tells Cheney what most of America would like to tell him.

Rapper Kayne West is live with Mike Meyers doing a Katrina benefit. What happens next is just too funny. West lets loose on his thoughts on racism and what Bush thinks of Black People.

Bush made fun of as a boob, video:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush Moves Towards Total Control and Martial Law!


- Don Boring, Glendora, California U.S.A.

"Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics..."

- George McGovern,
July 14th, 1972 - Miami Beach, FL
Acceptance Speech for the 1972 Democratic
Candidacy for President

Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

- by Frank Morales, October 26, 2006

In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a
provision which according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will
actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law {1}.
It does so by revising the
Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to
deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10
U.S.C.331-335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act
(18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military
involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his
pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions. Public Law 109-364,
or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) {2},
which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a
private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a
"public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take
control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the
governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."
President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the very same day
that he
signed the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006. In a
sense, the two laws complement one another. One allows for torture and
detention abroad, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence at
home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of America.
Remember, the term for putting an area under military law enforcement
control is precise; the term is "martial law." Section 1076 of the
massive Authorization Act, which grants the Pentagon another
$500-plus-billion for its ill-advised adventures, is entitled, "Use of
the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies." Section 333, "Major
public emergencies; interference with State and Federal law" states
that "the President may employ the armed forces, including the
National Guard in Federal service, to restore public order and enforce
the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster,
epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack
or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the
United States, the President determines that domestic violence has
occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the
State or possession are incapable of ("refuse" or "fail" in)
maintaining public order, "in order to suppress, in any State, any
insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy."
For the current President, "enforcement of the laws to restore
public order" means to commandeer guardsmen from any state, over the
objections of local governmental, military and local police entities;
ship them off to another state; conscript them in a law enforcement
mode; and set them loose against "disorderly" citizenry - protesters,
possibly, or those who object to forced vaccinations and quarantines
in the event of a bio-terror event. The law also facilitates
militarized police round-ups and detention of protesters, so-called
"illegal aliens," "potential terrorists" and other "undesirables" for
detention in facilities already contracted for and under construction
by Halliburton. That's right. Under the cover of a trumped-up
"immigration emergency" and the frenzied militarization of the
southern border, detention camps are being constructed right under our
noses, camps designed for anyone who resists the foreign and domestic
agenda of the Bush administration.

An article on "recent contract awards" in a recent issue of the
slick, insider "Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security
International" reported that "global engineering and technical
services powerhouse KBR [Kellog, Brown & Root] announced in January
2006 that its Government and Infrastructure division was awarded an
Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in the event
of an emergency." "With a maximum total value of $385 million over a
five year term," the report notes, "the contract is to be executed by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," "for establishing temporary
detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE
Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) - in the event of an emergency
influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid
development of new programs."
The report points out that "KBR is the engineering and
construction subsidiary of Halliburton." (3) So, in addition to
authorizing another $532.8 billion for the Pentagon, including a
$70-billion "supplemental provision" which covers the cost of the
ongoing, mad military maneuvers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other
places, the new law, signed by the president in a private White House
ceremony, further collapses the historic divide between the police and
the military: a tell-tale sign of a rapidly consolidating police state
in America, all accomplished amidst ongoing U.S. imperial pretensions
of global domination, sold to an "emergency managed" and seemingly
willfully gullible public as a "global war on terrorism."
Make no mistake about it: the de-facto repeal of the Posse
Comitatus Act (PCA) is an ominous assault on American democratic
tradition and jurisprudence. The 1878 Act, which reads, "Whoever,
except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the
Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army
or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years,
or both," is the only U.S. criminal statute that outlaws military
operations directed against the American people under the cover of
enforcement.' As such, it has been the best protection we've had
against the power- hungry intentions of an unscrupulous and reckless
executive, an executive
intent on using force to enforce its will.
Unfortunately, the president dealt posse comitatus, along with
American democracy, a near fatal blow. Consequently, it will take an
aroused citizenry to undo the damage wrought by this horrendous act,
part and parcel, as we have seen, of a long train of abuses and
outrages perpetrated by this authoritarian administration.
Despite the unprecedented and shocking nature of this act, there
has been no outcry in the American media, and little reaction from our
elected officials in Congress. On September 19th, a lone Senator
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) noted that 2007's Defense Authorization Act
contained a "widely opposed provision to allow the President more
control over the National Guard [adopting] changes to the Insurrection
Act, which will make it easier for this or any future President to use
the military to restore domestic order WITHOUT the consent of the
nation's governors." Senator Leahy went on to stress that, "we
certainly do not need to make it easier for Presidents to declare
martial law. Invoking the Insurrection Act and using the military for
law enforcement activities goes against some of the central tenets of
our democracy. One can easily envision governors
and mayors in charge of an emergency having to constantly look over
their shoulders while someone who has never visited their communities
gives the orders."
A few weeks later, on the 29th of September, Leahy entered into
the Congressional Record that he had "grave reservations about certain
provisions of the fiscal Year 2007 Defense Authorization Bill
Conference Report," the language of which, he said, "subverts solid,
longstanding posse comitatus statutes that limit the military's
involvement in law enforcement, thereby making it easier for the
President to declare martial law." This had been "slipped in," Leahy
said, "as a rider with little study," while "other congressional
committees with jurisdiction over these matters had no chance to
comment, let alone hold hearings on, these proposals." In a telling
bit of understatement, the Senator from Vermont noted that "the
implications of changing the (Posse Comitatus) Act are enormous".
"There is good reason," he said, "for the constructive friction in
existing lawwhen it comes to martial law declarations. Using the
military for law enforcement goes against one of the founding tenets
of our democracy. We fail our Constitution, neglecting the rights of
the States, when we make it easier for the President to declare
martial law and trample on local and state sovereignty." Senator
Leahy's final ruminations: "Since hearing word a couple of weeks ago
that this outcome was likely, I have wondered how Congress could have
gotten to this point. It seems the changes to the Insurrection Act
have survived the Conference because the Pentagon and the White House
want it. The historic and ominous re-writing of the Insurrection Act,
accomplished in the dead of night, which gives Bush the legal
authority to declare martial law, is now an accomplished fact. The
Pentagon, as one might expect, plays an even more direct role in
martial law operations. Title XIV of the new law, entitled, "Homeland
Defense Technology Transfer Legislative Provisions," authorizes "the
Secretary of Defense to create a Homeland Defense Technology Transfer
Consortium to improve the effectiveness of the Department of Defense
(DOD) processes for identifying and deploying relevant DOD technology
to federal, State, and local first responders."

In other words, the law facilitates the "transfer" of the
newest in so- called "crowd control" technology and other weaponry
designed to suppress dissent from the Pentagon to local militarized
police units. The new law builds on and further codifies earlier
"technology transfer" agreements,> specifically the 1995 DOD-Justice
Department memorandum of agreement achieved back during the
Clinton-Reno regime{4}

It has become clear in recent months that a critical mass of the
American people have seen through the lies of the Bush administration;
with the president's polls at an historic low, growing resistance to
the war Iraq, and the Democrats likely to take back the Congress in
mid-term elections, the Bush administration is on the ropes. And so it
is particularly worrying that President Bush has seen fit, at this
juncture to, in effect, declare himself dictator.


{1} and See also,
Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, "The Use of
Federal Troops for Disaster Assistance: Legal Issues," by Jennifer K.
Elsea, Legislative Attorney, August 14, 2006


{3} Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International,
"Recent Contract Awards", Summer 2006, Vol.12, No.2, pg.8; See also,
Peter Dale Scott, "Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention
Camps," New American Media, January 31, 2006.

{4} "Technology Transfer from defense: Concealed Weapons Detection",
National Institute of Justice Journal, No 229, August, 1995, pp.42-43.
:: Article nr. 27769 sent on 27-oct-2006 03:18 ECT

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