by Dennis Loo
“Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America and he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.” -Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention
looser “preemptive strike” rationale being applied to situations abroad
could migrate back home, fostering a more permissive attitude on the
part of law enforcement officers inthis country.“ – Former FBI Special Agent Colleen Rowley
followed our [RNC] Welcoming Committee members to many cities around
the country. We consulted with the terrorism task force in those
cities. We received information, etc. [Did you have infiltrators?] Yes, we did. [Were they paid?] Yes.” – Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher
or seven officers came into my cell” one officer punched me in the
face”And then they slammed -and I fell to the ground, unconscious. And
the officer grabbed me by the head, slammed my head on theground and
re-awoke me “to consciousness. I was bleeding everywhere. ” They put a
bag over my head that had a gag on it. And they used pain compliance
tacticson me for about an hour and a half. They pressed-they separated
my jaw as hardas they could with their fingers”. They “bent my foot
backwards. I was screaming for God and like screaming for mercy, crying,
asking them why they were doing this.” – Elliot Hughes,
member of the RNC Welcoming Committee, arrested at gunpoint days before
the RNC, charged along with the other RNC8 Defendants with
“conspiring to riot in furtherance of terrorism.
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police state actions before and during the RNC are not a dystopic
America but the real America of 2008 and a harbinger of even worse to
come. Beneath the carefully staged and tightly cordoned off circus
of “democracy” at the convention rots the corpse of the Bill of Rights:
what significance can a person’s right to see the charges leveled
against them be when there’s a war on terrorists to be waged? What need
do people accused of crimes have to see who has accused them – are they
not guilty by virtue of being accused? What end is fulfilled to allow
the accused to cross-examine their accusers? Why waste the court’s time
with such absurdities? What purpose does it serve to have perfectly good
evidence ruled inadmissible, so what if it was extracted employing
electric shock and waterboarding?These people are guilty, guilty,
guilty! Why just look at them: do they not look
guilty? What more evidence do we need? 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! We must wring
the truth out of them, whatever it takes, the preservation of freedom
demands it! Planting police undercover officers in the ranks of these
protestors and provoking them into doing illegal or violent acts, even
if those undercover officers have to do it all
themselves, is necessary to protect the precious rights we enjoy as
Americans. Country First! Anyone who dares tell us that we must not
violate Constitutional rights in order to protect Constitutional rights
deserves waterboarding! Strap him down! Give me that bucket of water!
I”ll show him who’s free!
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was only a matter of time before the obscenity of war crimes and torture
being carried out on other countries and peoples would return home to be
inflicted directly upon Americans who dare to speak out against these
It isn’t only Arabs and Muslims anymore. It isn’t only American citizens who”ve converted to
Islam. It’s now American citizens – whatever their religious views –
who can be summarily rounded up in pre-emptive actions, charged with
terrorism, and tortured – on the grounds that they might do something.
declared “You”re either with us or you”re with the terrorists.” Except
our malapropist president has uttered a tautology once again: being part
of “us” means being one of the terrorists. It means defending the use of
monstrous measures in the name of fighting monsters. As Pogo put it: “We have met the enemy and he is US.”
Unhinged from the Law and from Facts
someone of being a terrorist, like the magical incantation of witches
and warlocks, turns any feeble twig into an invincible sword. Invoking
“national security” allows the White House and itsrepresentatives to do
and say anything at all.
almost hear Bush saying this under his breath: “It’s good to be king.”
Only, come to think of it, he’s said out loud a numberof times: “If thiswere a dictatorship things would be a heck of a lot easier – just as long asI’m the dictator.”
good to listen in on anybody’s conversations, peerover their shoulders
at their email, track their financial transactions and inspect their
Congress – the People’s Representatives – done to monitor the country
against the predations of dictators and the whims of police agents?
Congress has peered down the precipice of an unchecked executive branch and they have jumped in feet first, but not without – God be Praised!
– waving their American flag pins and bibles as they descend down the
bottomless pit, into the infamy reserved for those who looked tyrants in
the face and cringed like cowards.
But there’s a new president coming! Surely he will save the Republic!
“Change” “change” “change” they cry.
In the face of an openly lawless, felonious, war crimes,spying and lying White House they will rescue us, no doubt!
“[Y]ou reserve impeachment for grave, grave breaches, and intentional breaches of the President’s authority.” — Barack Obama
Whaa..at?! Are you saying that Bush and Cheney have not intentionally breached their authority? What country have you been living in?
Are these not grave, grave breaches – even if the standard
for impeachment was as high as you say it is, which it isn’t? What could
be graver than this? Perhaps arresting your political rivals in the
Democratic Party and torturing them – would that rise to the standard?
How long before something like that happens?
“Change” “change” “change” they cry.
Are not their change invocations so appealing to so many because of the failure of Obama, McCain, Biden and others to stop the White House and the government from doing the things that need to be changed?
those who are the guardians of the ship of state fail to do their
duties, what happens to the ship? Who will police the police?
police will police the police. Surely you trust the police? You”re not
one of those commie-pinko-terrorists, are you? Hold still while I turn
you in to Homeland Security.
The Unbearable Darkness of Duplicity
If agents provocateurs are infiltrating protesters”
ranks and engaging in violent and provocative acts to justify police
crackdowns, then what’s to become of civil liberties, freedom of
speech and assembly, the right to dissent and the health of civil
society? Are the police and the government not now in possession of “Get
Out of Jail Free” cards with which they can do absolutely everything and
get away with it? Is this not recognizable as the tried and true plaints of scoundrels, authoritarians, fascists and tyrants?
you give unlimited powers to the government with theonly restraint the
equivalent of the foxes guarding the hen house what do you expect to
get? Do you think that you will be safe? Because if you do, you”re the
world’s biggest fool and you deserve the fate you get.
If you”re not one of these then it’s time to show it and stand up. If you”re against this but don’t show it then it doesn’t count. If you act but act too late then it doesn’t matter.
There are no “maybe it will get better” rationales left if you”re paying any attention.
Speak out against the railroading of the RNC 8 because they stand in the breach against the flood that is coming that will drown us all.
The shooting of wolves from helicopters is not a metaphor here for the people, is it?