Friday, September 29, 2006

Bush's dictatorial trifecta

With the passing through both houses of the so-called 'compromise' bill with the help of neocon quisling John McCain, we need a picture to recap what the American legislature has turned into:



Now with the hard facts about the Military Commission Act of 2006, as my previous post was not enough:
  • The Bush regime can declare anyone who criticises them 'unlawful enemy combattant' without judicial review
  • The Bush regime can deny Habeas Corpus from anyone, US citizen or not, and detain them indefinitely in secret prisons
  • The Bush regime gets retroactive immunity from prosecution for their torturing of detainees
Actually, that's more than a trifecta. That's five aces in the same hand. Which, like Bush's elections, can only be obtained by cheating.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

They're fucking doing it

Remember my warnings back half a year ago?

Well, they're fucking doing it.

Attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights claim that what appears to be the final version of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 could allow the government to detain the attorneys themselves as 'enemy combatants.' CCR Legal Director Bill Goodman said: "This bill makes a mockery of the rule of law."

The current version of the Military Commissions redefines an "unlawful enemy combatant" so broadly that it could include anyone who organizes a march against the war in Iraq. The bill defines a UEC as "a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States" or anyone who "has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense of the United States." The definition makes no reference to citizenship and therefore could be read to include any number of individuals, including:


In Australia, an anti-terrorism bill was passed reaffirming the disused anti-sedition law, threatning dissenters with up to seven years of jail, and Britain passed legislation in March 2006 that bans "glorification of terrorism".

Back then, I predicted that this would be be used in the United States as a precedent for passing similar legislation, regardless of theoretical constitutional protections of freedom of speech. And it appears that the American legislation surpasses its British and Australian equivalents, as it would potentially land the accused in the same situation as José Padilla, with no access to a lawyer and detained indefinitely without charges, at the whim of the president of the United States, merely for expressing "hostilities' against the United States (read: pretty much any opinion that the Bush regime doesn't like).

Not good at all.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Chavez was right

Bush really is the devil!

Proof:











His disciples:





























Bush with a halo, proving that he's the Anti-Christ:







So, what does all this mean for the world?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Democrats warn Chavez: Don't bash Bush

"Because we want to do the same thing when we get elected!"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two of President Bush's staunchest domestic critics leapt to his defense Thursday, a day after one of his fiercest foreign foes called him "the devil" in a scorching speech before the United Nations.

"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, scolded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez."


Is this the kind of opposition party anyone wants as an alternative to the Bush regime? An opposition party that not only can't criticise the elected president properly, but doesn't tolerate that anyone else does? An opposition party that does the dirty work for the ruling party by picking a quote out of context and ignoring all the other valid points that Chavez made about the behaviour of the US on the international scene?

But no, if you're not an American, you can't criticise the President (and if you are, you're an insurgent):

"If there's any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not," Rangel said at a Washington news conference.

"I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president: Don't come to the United States and think, because we have problems with our president, that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our chief of state," Rangel said.


Translation: we can invade and bomb Middle Eastern countries, we can topple democratic leaders and prop up puppets all over South America, steal the Mexican elections, and support a military coup against you, but how dare you come to our country to criticise us!

In any country that has a semblance of democracy, this would have been a grandiose opportunity for a real opposition party to point out how the country's image is suffering from the ruling party's imperial practices and bring new ideas to redress those grievances as part of an electoral platform.

Who needs a single-party system with opposition like that?

By the way, since the media refuses to give any real coverage of Chavez' speech, here's the full text.

UPDATE: Here's a video of Hagel's comments.

And Chavez' speech.

Oh, another thing: the Democrats conveniently ignore the part of Chavez' speech where he says he wants the UN out of the United States. Presumably, it means that he doesn't want to have to go to the US to voice his opinions about Bush So what is all the complaining about?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

What do Gitmo and Auschwitz have in common?





They're both vacation resorts! Really!

At least according to Rush Limbaugh. But don't take his word for it! Guantanamo just released a fun facts list:


1. The detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility include bin Laden's bodyguards, bomb makers, terrorist trainers and facilitators, and other suspected terrorists.

2. More money is spent on meals for detainees than on the U.S. troops stationed there. Detainees are offered up to 4,200 calories a day. The average weight gain per detainee is 20 pounds.

3. The Muslim call to prayer sounds five times a day. Arrows point detainees toward the holy city of Mecca.

4. Detainees receive medical, dental, psychiatric, and optometric care at U.S. taxpayers' expense. In 2005, there were 35 teeth cleanings, 91 cavities filled, and 174 pairs of glasses issued.

5. The International Committee of the Red Cross visits detainees at the facility every few months. More than 20,000 messages between detainees and their families have been exchanged.

6. Recreation activities include basketball, volleyball, soccer, pingpong, and board games. High-top sneakers are provided.

7. Departing detainees receive a Koran, a jean jacket, a white T-shirt, a pair of blue jeans, high-top sneakers, a gym bag of toiletries, and a pillow and blanket for the flight home.

8. Entertainment includes Arabic language TV shows, including World Cup soccer games. The library has 3,500 volumes available in 13 languages -- the most requested book is "Harry Potter."

9. Guantanamo is the most transparent detention facility in the history of warfare. The Joint Task Force has hosted more than 1,000 journalists from more than 40 countries.

10. In 2005, Amnesty International stated that "the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has become the gulag of our times."


Now, just for fun, let's compare this list with an Auschwitz fact list from a Holocaust skeptic:

RED CROSS VISITS!

Supposedly the most dreaded of German camps, Auschwitz was repeatedly visited by Red Cross inspection teams who were allowed to speak to prisoner representatives alone,in order to hear first-hand of any mistreatment, chicanery, interruption of mail and parcel delivery, health concerns, food and ration matters etc.


DENTAL FACILITIES!

Camp dental facilities,,attended by camp inmate dentists and nurses to deal with the inmates' dental problems - before the war there 43% of Germany's dentists were Jewish -


MEDICAL CARE!

Camp sick barracks ,attended by camp inmate doctors and nurses to deal with the inmates' health problems - much like the now common walk-in clinics in modern US communities - A camp hospital to which expert surgeons even from the famous Berlin "Charité" Surgical Clinic were dispatched to deal with difficult cases -


HIGH CALORIE MEALS!

Camp kitchen -one of the largest service buildings in Auschwitz, with state-of-the-art cooking facilities. There were twelve of these throughout the camp.

* The caloric content of the diet was carefully monitored by camp and Red Cross delegates. It only deteriorated in Auschwitz and other camps towards the end of the war when German railroads and the entire transport system collapsed under constant aerial attacks -


RECREATION ACTIVITIES!

A camp theater where live plays could be performed by camp inmate actors -

Camp sculture class conducted for interested, talented inmates by professional sculptors

Camp art classes for inmates

Camp university with lectures on every topic under the sun, from health, the arts, philosophy, science, economic issues etc.

A camp cinema - where every week different, mainly cultural and non-political films were shown -


And last, but not least, RELIGIOUS FACILITIES!

Camp religious facilities made available on a rotating basis to every denomination for religious services -


Don't listen to the Bush people who say that it's insulting to compare Bush to Hitler! Take it as a compliment! THEY'RE BOTH SUCH NICE PEOPLE FOR BEING SO GENEROUS TOWARDS THEIR PRISONERS!