Saturday, September 30, 2006

Our New Enabling Act

Well, no overtime...so where was I? Oh yeah, screaming about the loss of freedom in our great country. What we are witnessing today within our government resembles what others in Europe were witness to when the Enabling Act was introduced by Germany's parliament. Yeah, yeah, I know, I can hear everybody now thinking that comparisons of our political machine to fascism have been overstated and overplayed already. But officially, the Enabling Act was known as the "Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and Realm". What the act did was empower the executive branch of government through legislative means. The executive had the power to ignore the constitution, the courts and the legislature. The country's means of checking executive power were dismantled through the enactment of this legislation.

This new form of Enabling Act eerily resembles the earlier version and shouldn't be dismissed so readily by our citizens. And we should all be asking Is America on the verge of becoming '30s Germany? Are we dumbed down citizens not to worry about due process and rule of law anymore? Will we allow the president and the president alone to define the difference between a "combatant" and a "non-combatant"? Human Rights First has this to say about the proposed legislation:
If it is enacted into law, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 would have a far-reaching impact on the ability of the United States to secure cooperation with allies in combating terrorism, and would fundamentally alter the character of the American justice system. In the last few days of congressional negotiations, critical provisions of the legislation have changed. Cumulatively, the changes in the latest version of the bill have moved further away from a framework that aligns with American values and commitment to the rule of law.

Is it so difficult to see that we the people have a rogue president within the big house? The patriotic blindfold that hides justice has to be pulled down. We're heading for the cliff and if we can't pull the nationalistic blinders from our minds, we are likely to freefall into oblivian. I'm not talking conservatives, liberals, republicans, or democrats...I'm talking about people. People who can and must think for themselves and see the path we have been put upon.

Any idea of what America could look like if this legislation is placed into law? Want a glimpse of what our future may hold? How about this paragraph which was in the recently declassified report by the NIE?
"Anti-U.S. and anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise and fueling other radical ideologies. This could prompt some leftist, nationalist, or separatist groups to adopt terrorist methods to attack US interests. The radicalization process is occurring more quickly, more widely, and more anonymously in the Internet age, raising the likelihood of surprise attacks by unknown groups whose members and supporters may be difficult to pinpoint." It continues: "We judge that groups of all stripes will increasingly use the Internet to communicate, propagandize, recruit, train and obtain logistical and financial support."

With statements such as this linked to legislation which destroys habeas corpus and our bill of rights, we are left with one man deciding the definition of enemy combatants. What this means is basically anyone or any group could be targeted with no legal recourse whatsoever!

If all of this doesn't raise a flag of urgency to anyone, then I apologize. Just hit the snooze and catch a few more winks. No hurry I suppose, there's always tomorrow!

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