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First Shot of the US-Iran War?

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Why is it that major news is reported on the weekend when no one is really paying any attention? Just this morning, Yahoo News carried an AP piece titled, "AP: Intelligence Shows Terrorists in Iran" This story confirms suspicions I had that this administration has been trying to "fix the evidence" around going to war with Iran.
For the last year, news being spewed forth from the White House has been about Nukes and Civil Rights abuses, but the public wasn't buying it. Now, the Administration has decided to play their trump card: They said right from the vary beginning (from Bush's 2002 State of the Union address):
Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction.
Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.
States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.
It seems that they intend to use the excuse that they had always intended a fight with Iran for harboring terrorists. In my opinion, the White House has been looking for a plausible excuse to poke Iran in the eye, and now it seems they've found it... Heaven help us!

Triggered Retaliation

Friday, June 03, 2005

Am I the only one that has noticed how the White House has been using its "might" to compel people not to report things that are questionable or illegal? Censorship imposed by brute force. We've seen this tactic before...

From the KnightRidder article: "Reports of terrorists meeting in Syria were flawed, U.S. officials say":

Three officials who said that the reports of Zarqawi's travels were apparently bogus spoke on condition of anonymity because intelligence matters are classified and because discussing the mistaken report could embarrass the White House and trigger retaliation against them.

This is just one of many recent examples.

Administrative Subpoenas (aka Loss of Liberty)

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of United States of America is a restraint imposed on the federal government. It tells them that our privacy is off-limits to their prying eyes unless certain conditions are met for them to ask a court to allow them to look. Our privacy is our property, and cannot be violated, period. To better understand this, lets read what is stated in the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
One can clearly see by the wording of the Fourth Amendment that "the people" are not given any rights. It assumes that "the people" had rights from the beginning. From the moment we draw in our first breath, we have the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and unreasonable seizures. Lets look at it another way. What stops me from kicking the door in at my neighbor's house while he's at work and snooping through his stuff? My respect of his property and privacy. In my view, he has as much right to carry on in his private affairs as I.
So, we have Sen. Pat Roberts, who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, telling us that, "The nation expects the FBI to prevent terrorist attacks. With terrorists willing to hijack planes and acquire weapons of mass destruction, failure is too costly. Congress cannot hold the FBI accountable for failures to pre-empt terrorism while asking it to fight the threat with one hand tied behind its back. We must give the FBI every constitutional tool available to win the battle." And, he's right. We do expect the FBI and every other agency to try their best to keep us safe from terrorism. I personally expect the local police department to keep me safe from being murdered, but I'm also smart enough to know that they will never be able to do that unless they follow me where ever I go. I certainly don't want that. As far as his comment about giving the FBI all the constitutional tools to win the battle... If Mr. Roberts is trying to imply that the USAPATRIOT Act and this latest abomination are Constitutional, he had better find another line of work before we arrest him for violating his oath of office. Read below for some facts about what Mr. Roberts and his henchmen are trying to impose on the good people of these United States:
The draft legislation has a number of troubling provisions, including ones that would:
  • Provide the FBI with expanded power to seize personal records from medical facilities, libraries, hotels, gun dealers, banks and any other businesses. With these "administrative subpoenas," agents could act without having to appear before a judge to justify the search or having to show that the targeted individuals are suspected of criminal activity.
  • Create unchecked authority to track people's mail without any meaningful protections against abuse of such snooping.
  • Through a legalistic end run, exempt a new class of searches from the restraints imposed by the Bill of Rights.
Why are people not up in arms over this? Hello? Is this thing on?!? We are being enslaved by the police state our government is turning itself into. If we don't act now to stop these criminals, it will be too late after they've divided us up. We will never be as strong as we are right now. This is a frontal assault on our liberty by the Congress and the Executive branch. By their actions, they have declared war on the American people. The evidence is there for all the people to read. They aren't concerned with protecting us. They mean to rule us. The Constitution is dead. We must act now to save ourselves from this growing oppression.

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