As The Tinfoil Hat Spins...
A new executive order effectively gives George Bush the dictatorial power to seize the assets of anyone who opposes his administration's policies on Iraq. Now that by itself is pretty scary stuff, but never let it be said that your author doesn't know a good conspiracy theory when he stumbles across one.
Read these headlines and see if, in light of Bu$hCo's latest power grab, you don't agree:
Pentagon seeks $1.2B for armored vehicle
Obama, Clinton Have $30 Million-Plus
Pentagon Aide Says Clinton Helps Enemy
What did I tell you.
"(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of... threatening the peace or stability of Iraq ...or undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform..."
So you don't even have to commit an act of violence or conspire to commit violence. All George & Dick have to do is decide that merely speaking in opposition to their Iraq policies constitutes "risk."
Then it's off on your all-expenses-paid vacation to an ex-Stasi prison in Poland.
All that is left to say is "be afraid, be very afraid."
Mr_Blog... Actually it seemed in the attached article that it didn't even need to be an act of violence. Any act in opposition to the administration's policies would suffice.
Dave... Thanks, and yes indeed! Though I make light of it. We're in very deep yogurt here.
BTW, Billo's book is for sale on your Google AdSense! AAAHHH!
Lizzy... My mattress already has FBI approved malware installed in it. As for the ad...oh that I had control over the what showed up there!
In related news Bush declares that he has the authority to order the US Attorney for the District of Columbia not to act against any executive officials should they be charged with, say, contempt of congress. Ironically this all stems from him trying to block an investigation into White House interference with the Justice Department.
Maybe it's time the Horde reconvened and head for the hills again. Not to hide from nukes but to hide from our own government. It is getting scary out there, Folks.
Off subject: Dear Green Frog; you are now officially categorized properly. Sincerely, WA
I mean, hell, they could probably seize people's 401ks. Who knows whats in those things?!
Just strait up weird.
That's why you need to read an edict like this, in order to understand it and anticipate the possible spin.
If more people make a stink about it, Tony Slow will probably go before the cameras and say the order only targets violent opposition.
But he could ignore the part about how they'll be defining "risk." Not to mention how they will define "opposition."
Online Polish-English Translation
"Please do not waterboard me" is "Sprawiać przyjemność robi nie woda wsiadają na mnie" in Polish.
Now...if the DoJ refuses on it's own or stonewalls the prosecution...
Worried... Scary indeed. Even the 'Thuglicans are talking about Bush overstepping his authority.
As for 401K's...aren't those protected by securities and exchange law? Not sure the government could go after them, unless Bu$hCo wants a public court battle.
Ron... Good point! :-) :-) :-)
Mr_Blog... You know those translators are really useful, aren't they. Always wanted to know how to plead in Polish.
Since "impeachment is off the table", I hope that when the bush/cheney regime is criminally prosecuted when (IF) they leave.
We are currently at this nation's lowest point...so far.
I linked to this, btw, because it coincides with my entry about these "executive orders" by the power drunk little madman.
And...hey...thanks for the link. I'll pop over after this afternoons drinking with the Bay Area Bloggers.
TomCat... RawStory suits my short attention span better than all that MSM bullsh*t! ;-)
this is simply an observation of our times.
Robert Kennedy died before he could be elected.
Bush got selected/stole elections at least twice and has gone on to do THIS among many, many other crimes and no one has assassinated him.
Bush doesn't piss off the powerful.