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January 29th, 2009 | Author:

To my knowledge, nobody has accused Obama of plagiarism but … it appears there’s an echo in Washington. This video lends a little support to the Ron Paul position that there’s no difference between the republicans and democrats.

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December 14th, 2008 | Author:

Ya’think maybe they don’t appreciate our lies over there?

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December 11th, 2008 | Author:

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Javaid Iqbal, a Muslim arrested a couple months after 9/11, and held for six months in solitary confinement. CNN tells us:

Iqbal was never charged with any terrorism offenses, although he was convicted of fraud for having false papers and eventually deported nearly six years ago.

Iqbal later filed a series of lawsuits against top Bush officials alleging he was beaten by guards during his six-month detention in solitary confinement, and that officials personally condoned isolating Muslim and Arab immigrants in a Brooklyn prison wing.

One of the issues in this case is whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller are subject to discovery, or pre-trial depositions.

I think we all have an instinctive understanding of justice and injustice. Principles and laws should be applied equally to everyone, regardless of their position in life, or their religion, or their sex. As we put it in this neck of the woods, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. So we know that justice in this case should be available to Ashcroft and Mueller … and to Iqbal.

The government said a ruling in the Iqbal case would be a “blueprint” in the future for establishing a “plausible” argument of wrongdoing before top officials could be subject to civil liability.

The government has spoken truth in this statement. What they need to do next is apply this same principle of “a plausible argument of wrongdoing” to every other person who stands on American soil. Not only should this principle protect Ashcroft and Mueller from civil liability, it should protect all of us from arbitrary arrest, home invasions, and search and seizure.

It won’t work that way, though. The American scales of justice are now precariously tipped in favor of the government.

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October 24th, 2008 | Author:

I’m no lawyer, but it seems to me that our country now has three types of prisoners.

Category I: Criminals

Those who are suspected of violating the laws of the United States can be arrested and jailed. However, they are theoretically subject to the protections of the Bill of Rights and other laws, and we can’t just arrest someone and throw away the key.

Category II: Prisoners of War

Those who are fighting against our country in a military capacity can also be jailed. They, however, are subject to the rights proscribed in the Geneva Convention.

Category III: Enemy Combatants

Bush and his neo-con handlers don’t like the first two categories, because they demand that these prisoners be treated like … well, people. You know, with truth and justice and all that. So they created a new category called “Enemy Combatants” and guess what? They don’t have any rights. They can be captured any place in the world and transported to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and held for as long as the military wants.

For instance, there is “Internment Serial Number 669.” (Yeah, they don’t even like to acknowledge that he has a name. ) He was arrested/captured/kidnapped (pick one) in 2002 in Pakistan, and has been held without charges ever since. That’s six years, folks. Now, if that was me, I would be a little ticked off, and apparently so is Ahmed Zaid Zuhair.

“ISN 669 has a very long history of disciplinary violations and noncompliant, resistant and combative behavior,” according to Army Col. Bruce Vargo, commander of Guantanamo Bay’s guards.

Well, yeah. Six years is a very long time. And as we would say when we were kids, “How would you like it???” He’s been one of many on a hunger strike, they’ve been force-feeding him through his nose, and it’s not at all a pretty picture. He does have a lawyer now and some papers have been filed in federal court in Washington – but it’s still six years later.

There is finally a court battle taking place where the “Justice” Department and the prisoner’s lawyers are battling over just what this third category of “enemy combatant” means. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon is expected to issue his own definition Monday before beginning weeks of hearings over whether the men at Guantanamo may be detained legally. Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking.

I suspect that ISN 669 is probably not a very nice guy, but we as a nation should not be allowed to run around the world and scoop up all the not-very-nice-guys … because that makes us worse than them.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

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October 10th, 2008 | Author:

Good morning. Over the past few days, we have witnessed a startling drop in the stock market, much of it driven by uncertainty and fear. This has been a deeply unsettling period for the American people. Many of our citizens have serious concerns about their retirement accounts, their investments, and their economic well-being. Here’s what the American people need to know: that the United States government is acting. We will continue to act to resolve this crisis and restore stability to our markets.

This is how President George Bush started his “reassuring remarks” today at a Rose Garden press conference. “All of us recognize this is a serious global crisis that requires a serious global response for the good of our people,” CNN quotes.

Now, it could be that I’m just getting too skeptical in my old age. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Ludwig von Mises and Ron Paul. Maybe I’d be happier if I just ignored what’s happening in our country. But I’ve never adhered to the “ignorance is bliss” theory of life, and I probably won’t start now.

So am I reassured by our President? “The government is acting?” “We will continue to act?” Is this the same government that, say, lied to the nation about WMD’s before we invaded Iraq? Is it the same one that now has detention camps scattered around the country to “to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space?” Is it the same one that threatens congress with martial law to get a bill passed? Is it also the same government that now has the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry assigned to our shores?

No, I’m not reassured. Our government has arrogantly assumed the role of God in our lives. They want us to “trust them” and turn to them with all our problems, the same government that created most of those problems in the first place. They want power.

No, I’m not reassured – I fear that America no longer exists.

And what’s even scarier is that some people will actually believe Bush and put their trust in government. God help us.

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