Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die. – George W. “AWOL” Bush on his sympathy towards those who have lost loved ones in Iraq.
I believe Iraq had a lot to do with the election, but I believe there was other factors, as well. – George W. Bush on the role of Iraq in the Democratic sweep on Congress
I thought when it was all said and done the American people would understand the importance of taxes and the importance of security. – George W. “Stop -throwing-the-Constitution-in-my-face-it’s-just-a goddamned-piece-of-paper!” Bush
When the AP runs a story like this, what else needs to be said?
WASHINGTON – While the British terror suspects were hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology. Congressional leaders rejected the idea, the latest in a series of steps by the Homeland Security Department that has left lawmakers and some of the department’s own experts questioning the commitment to create better anti-terror technologies.
According to today’s Washington Post:
A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such “commissions” to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to officials familiar with the proposal.
The plan, which would replace a military trial system ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June, would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will to those under the military court’s jurisdiction. The two provisions would be likely to put more individuals than previously expected before military juries, officials and independent experts said.
So what’s the problem? Won’t this make Americans safer? Well, maybe if “safer” means living in a state of terror imposed by our own government rather than by foreign terrorists:
Under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors.
Detainees would also not be guaranteed the right to be present at their own trials, if their absence is deemed necessary to protect national security or individuals.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the police state has already arrived in America. The question before We, the People is not whether we will allow it to come, but how long will we tolerate its presence in our midst.
A dictatorship is easier than a democracy.
Unfortunately Hu proved that point in Washington, D.C., not Beijing.
According to the notoriously liberal Drudge Report:
The arrival ceremony for Chinese president Hu Jintao was interrupted by a protester who appealed to President Bush to stop Hu from 'persecuting the Falun Gong,' a banned religious movement in China.
The woman began shouting from the top of a camera stand located directly in front of Hu and Bush.
'President Bush, stop him from killing'… 'Stop persecuting the Falun Gong,' she yelled… She also shouted in Chinese, 'President Hu, your days are numbered, No more time for China's ruling party.'
The incident occured right after Bush urged Hu to allow Chinese to 'speak freely'. The woman, had a temporary pass with a big 'T' on it, also unfurled a yellow 'Falun Gong' banner.
The woman was taken away by uniformed secret service officers.
Bush leaned over and whispered to Hu, 'You're okay.' Hu, who had stopped talking briefly, then resumed speaking.
Was the smirking chimp merely prompting the Chinese tyrant to resume his speech, or was he making a broader endorsement of Hu's governing style?
You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.
– From Paul Begala's "Is Our Children Learning?"
I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
– CNN.com, December 18, 2000
A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.
– Business Week, July 30, 2001
I'd like to say that I was disappointed by what took place in the nation's capital today, but that would require an element of surprise on my part. Suprise over the similarities between the post-9/11 United States and the Peoples Republic of China isn't something I have a lot of anymore, all things considered:
- The governments of both countries are dominated by a single, unchecked and corrupt political party.
- The governments of both countries sanction torture.
- The governments of both countries spy on their citizens without warrants or just cause.
- The governments of both countries actively seek to give the state the final say whether or not a woman should carry a child to term.
- The governments of both countries have labeled religious and social organizations engaged in peaceful opposition to their policies as "terrorist organizations" and have infiltrated them with agents of the state security apparatus.
And of course there's the fact that the Chinese government is currently bankrolling the Iraq fiasco.
It kind of puts the old wingnut allegations that Bill Clinton had sold-out the country to "Red China" into perspective, doesn't it?
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