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Sunday, this editor and his colleague faced the Chertoffian menace at Washington's Reagan National Airport while heading to the gate to board a flight to Houston.
It is now clear from a review of the events that unfolded that I was pre-selected for an intensive search and battery of questions even before arriving in line for the security screening. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screener was overheard saying, "the guy with the beard." Since I was the only person in line who also had a beard, it was evident that a red flag had earlier been raised.
What followed, was worse than anything I had previously encountered while leaving Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, itself a revolting display of ingratitude to citizens of the country that bankrolls Israel, or the Israeli-run screening process at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport...
Originally posted by Shar_Chi
The real question is how do you fix it?
One of the most severe blows to citizen authority
arose out of the 1886 Supreme Court case of
Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific
Railroad. Though the court did not make a ruling
on the question of “corporate personhood,”
thanks to misleading notes of a clerk, the decision
subsequently was used as precedent to hold
that a corporation was a "natural person."
From that point on, the
14th Amendment, enacted
to protect rights of freed
slaves, was used routinely
to grant corporations
Justices have since
struck down hundreds of
local, state and federal laws
enacted to protect people
from corporate harm based
on this illegitimate premise.
Armed with these “rights,”
corporations increased control
over resources, jobs,
even judges and the law.
Over the next half century,
as a United States
Congressional committee concluded in 1941,
"The principal instrument of the concentration
of economic power and wealth has been the corporate
charter with unlimited power...."
Many U.S.-based corporations are now transnational,
but the corrupted charter remains the legal
basis for their existence. By rewriting the laws
governing corporations in such fundamental
ways as the following, we citizens can reassert
the convictions of those who struggled succesfully
to free us from corporate rule in the past:
* The corporation is an artificial creation and must
not enjoy the protections of the Bill of Rights
* No corporation should exist forever
* Corporate owners and officers must be liable
for any harms they may cause
There can be no
effective control of
their political activity
remains. To put an
end to it will be
neither a short nor an
easy task, but it
can be done."
Roosevelt, 1910 ”
Five hundred years ago the "corporation" was invented as a legal form to allow investors to engage in public works -- such as bridge or road building. Over the years, corporations gained the right to engage in any kind of business, but they were still nothing more than convenient "legal fictions" until 1886 when the U.S. Supreme Court declared that corporations are "persons" and gave them the same rights as living human beings -- and more. This makes it possible for corporations to make campaign contributions, for example, by claiming their right of free speech. If corporate personhood were abolished, it would be much easier for the people to control the harmful actions of corporations.
Originally posted by sisyphus3
I dunno. I know Saddam was being allowed to more or less muddle along under very porous sanctions until he announced that he wanted to start pricing his oil in euros.
Iran not only is dumping the dollar, they're opening their own oil bourse. It's one thing to wave a red cape, it's another to trigger a pyrotechnic display sewn into it.