Originally posted by Jocko Flocko
Being a Canadian who looks at the U.S. as being one the last strongholds of democratic freedoms in the entire world, **FOR NOW**, I can truly say I
sleep better at night when I reflect on a couple points I have learned over the years. The true Patriots of the United States who will defend the U.S.
Constitution at ALL costs are completely armed to the TEETH and ready to fight and use guerrilla tactics if needed . Those out there who would like to
try and permanently change it, usually fall into the "peace loving, anti gun, pacifist" crowd.
Nice, but completely spun around in the opposite direction of reality.
Heres a fun list of anti-constitutional rightwing movements in the last 9 years:
administration order authorizes NSA monitoring of domestic phone and internet traffic
detention without charge for any terror suspects. (and guess what, websites like ATS is a noted potential terrorist website..tks bush)
Attorney General John Ashcroft announces change in Department of Justice (DOJ) policy. According to the new policy DOJ will impose far more stringent
criteria for the granting of Freedom of Information Act requests.
NSA launches massive new database of information on US phone calls.
The USA Patriot Act (this deserves its own section, its 100% constitutional violations in the disguise of safety). *some* gems of this lovely
republican pushed agenda include:
allows the FBI to monitor and tape conversations between attorneys and clients, allows the FBI to order librarians to turn over information about
patron’s reading habits, allows the government to conduct surveillance on internet and email use of US citizens without notice. The act also calls
for expanded use of National Security Letters (NSLs), which allow the FBI to search telephone, email and financial records of US citizens without a
court order, exempts the government from needing to reveal how evidence against suspected terrorists was obtained and authorizes indefinite detention
of immigrants at the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities.
Executive order limits release of presidential documents. The order gives incumbent presidents the right to veto requests to open any past
presidential records and supercedes the congressionally passed law of 1978 mandating release of all presidential records not explicitly deemed
FBI and Department of Defense (DOD), forbidden by law from compiling databases on US citizens, begin contracting with private database firm
ChoicePoint to collect, store, search and maintain data
Secret executive order issued authorizing NSA to wiretap the phones and read emails of US citizens.
Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) acknowledges it has created both a “No Fly” and a separate “Watch” list of US travelers.
Department of Justice authorizes the FBI to monitor political and religious groups. The new rules permit the FBI to broadly search or monitor the
internet for evidence of criminal activity without having any tips or leads that a specific criminal act has been committed. (proud to be an American
was the top song when this piece of art came out over here, yee-haw)
Supreme Court upholds the right of school administrators to conduct mandatory drug testing of students without probable cause (ahh, nothing like
unreasonable searching of citizens by the government without any cause..let freedom ring)
Homeland Security Act of 2002 establishes separate Department of Homeland Security. Among other things the department will federally coordinate for
the first time all local and state law enforcement nationwide and run a Directorate of Information and Analysis with authority to compile
comprehensive data on US citizens using public and commercial records including credit card, phone, bank, and travel. The department also will be
exempt form Freedom of Information Act disclosure requirements. The Homeland Security department’s jurisdiction has been widely criticized for being
nebulously defined and has extended beyond terrorism into areas including immigration, pornography and drug enforcement (gotta love that last
part...sure, grow to encompass all crimes, and potential crimes...nothing like a secret police state that exists above the law.)
Anyhow, that represents a single year of conservatism in the US...from 2001 to 2002...and it just gets much much worse.
Those yokels with the guns and the country music and whatnot are the ones whom voted in these jokers...TWICE...while those peace loving hippys were
the ones griping and doing anti-american things like demanding the constitution be observed and not to sacrifice our freedom for safety...(of course
those weird liberal consitution lovers were considered all but french at that point)
Your opinion is based in what exactly? facts of history or rumors of present bigots?
I understand at this point your not reading this...typically one particular mindset has trouble reading anything (fact or otherwise) that doesnt
advance their worldview, but oh well...one can only try to educate.
One last note
in October 2007, there was a shining example of freedom sent to the states:
John Warner Defense Authorization Act is passed. The act allows a president to declare a public emergency and station US military troops anywhere in
America as well as take control of state based national guard units without consent of the governor or other local authorities. The law authorizes
presidential deployment of US troops to round-up and detain “potential terrorists”, “illegal aliens” and “disorderly” citizenry.
The conservative movement has proved to be the most damning thing for the US freedoms...I can safely say that short of adopting a swastica and
marching reds down every street, Obama wont even come close to the Bush regime and the conservative cronies and how they all but used the constitution
as toilet paper for the previous 8 years.
and remember, this is just constitutional violations...if you want to read on ethical and moral violations...well, it will take a ton of space to even
show the highlights.
Finally...for kicks, do a search for John Ashcroft and look at his list of "accomplishments" (aka, how he destroyed the heart of America).