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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Torture Bill States Non-Allegiance To Bush Is Terrorism

If the following analysis is true, we are really fucked. And it looks to be true. Nothing these Busheviks have done has made any sense if they ever thought that they would someday turn over power to another party. The crime wave that waits to be investigated and prosecuted is immense. Any nation that truly believed in the rule of law would see these guys off to prison post haste. READ IT AND WEEP. --pseudolus
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Legislation tolls the bell for the day America died, birth of the dictatorship
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones



Buried amongst the untold affronts to the Bill of Rights, the
Constitution and the very spirit of America, the torture bill contains
a definition of "wrongfully aiding the enemy" which labels all American
citizens who breach their "allegiance" to President Bush and the
actions of his government as terrorists subject to possible arrest,
torture and conviction in front of a military tribunal.



7:25PM CST UPDATE


After five hours of searching through the 80-plus page bill, Alex Jones, who won the 2004 Project Censored award for his analysis of Patriot Act 2,
uncovered numerous other provisions and definitions that make the bill
appear as almost a mirror image of Hitler's 1933 Enabling Act.

In section 950j. the bill criminalizes any challenge to the
legislation's legality by the Supreme Court or any United States court.
Alberto Gonzales has already threatened federal judges to shut up and not question Bush's authority on the torture of detainees.

"No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or
consider any claim or cause of action whatsoever, including any action
pending on or filed after the date of the enactment of the Military
Commissions Act of 2006, relating to the prosecution, trial, or
judgment of a military commission under this chapter, including
challenges to the lawfulness of procedures of military commissions
under this chapter."


The Bush administration is preemptively overriding any challenge to the legislation by the Supreme Court.


The definition of torture that the legislation cites is US code title 18 section 2340.
This is a broad definition of torture and completely lacks the specific
clarity of the Geneva Conventions. This definition allows the use of
torture that is, "incidental to lawful sanctions." In alliance with the
bill's blanket authority for President Bush to define the Geneva
Conventions as he sees fit, this legislates the use of torture.



The media has spun the bill as if it outlaws torture - it only outlaws
torture for "enemy combatants," and in fact outlaws the retaliation of
any military against the United States as "murder." Those deemed "enemy
combatants" are not even allowed to fight back yet the government
affords itself every power including the go-ahead to torture.


Further actions that result in the classification of an individual as a terrorist include the following.


- Destruction of any property, which is deemed punishable by any means of the military tribunal's choosing.

- Any violent activity whatsoever if it takes place near a
designated protected building, such as a charity building.

- A change of the definition of "pillaging" which turns all
illegal occupation of property and all theft into terrorism. This makes
squatters and petty thieves enemy combatants.


In light of Greg Palast's recent hounding by Homeland Security,
after they accused him of potentially giving terrorists key information
about U.S. "critical infrastructure" when filming Exxon’s Baton
Rouge refinery (clear photos of which were publicly available on Google
Maps), sub-section 27 of section 950v. should send chills down the
spine of all investigative journalists and even news-gatherers.

"Any person subject to this chapter who with intent or reason to
believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States or to
the advantage of a foreign power, collects or attempts to collect
information by clandestine means or while acting under false pretenses,
for the purpose of conveying such information to an enemy of the United
States, or one of the co-belligerents of the enemy, shall be punished
by death or such other punishment as a military commission under this
chapter may direct."


Subsection 4(b) (26) of section 950v. of HR 6166 - Crimes triable by military commissions - includes the following definition.


"Any person subject to this chapter who, in breach of an allegiance or duty to the United States,
knowingly and intentionally aids an enemy of the United States, or one
of the co-belligerents of the enemy, shall be punished as a military
commission under this chapter may direct."

For an individual to hold an allegiance or duty to the United
States they need to be a citizen of the United States. Why would a
foreign terrorist have any allegiance to the United States to breach in
the first place?

This is another telltale facet that proves the bill applies to
U.S. citizens and includes them under the "enemy combatant"
designation. We previously cited the comments of Yale law Professor
Bruce Ackerman, who wrote in the L.A. Times,
"The compromise legislation....authorizes the president to seize
American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the
United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect
a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the
Bill of Rights."


The New York Times
stated that the legislation introduced, "A dangerously broad definition
of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject
legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens
living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite
detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to
apply this label to anyone he wanted."

Calling the bill "our generation’s version of the Alien and
Sedition Acts," the Times goes on to highlight the rubber stamping of
torture.

"Coerced evidence would be permissible if a judge considered it
reliable — already a contradiction in terms — and relevant.
Coercion is defined in a way that exempts anything done before the
passage of the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act, and anything else Mr. Bush
chooses."

Since with this bill, in the aggregate, Bush has declared himself
to be above the Constitution and the laws of the United States, the
allegiance of American citizens is no longer to the flag or the
freedoms for which it stands, but to Bush himself, the self-appointed
dictator, and any diversion from that allegiance will mandate arrest,
torture and conviction in a military tribunal under the terms of this
bill.


Similar to the UK's Glorification of Terrorism law,
which top lawyers have slammed as vague, open to interpretation and a
potential weapon for the government to kidnap supposed subversives, the
nebulous context of "wrongfully aiding the enemy," could easily be
defined to include publicly absolving an accused terrorist of
involvement in a terrorist attack.

That renders the entire 9/11 truth movement an aid to terrorist
suspects and subject to military tribunal and torture. In addition,
Bush's recently cited National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, which
is available on the White House website, labels conspiracy theorists as terrorist recruiters.

This should leave us with no doubt as to which parties are the
target of the government's torture and intimidation campaign.

Could protesting a war approved by the government and their
bootlickers in Congress and the Senate be considered breaching an
allegiance to the United States? Could campaigning against the bombing
of a target country be considered wrongfully aiding the enemy?

When the USA PATRIOT act was rushed through at the height of an
anthrax scare without any members of Congress even having time to read
it, we were assured that it was to fight terrorists and would not be
used against the American people.


Since then a plethora of cases whereby the USA PATRIOT act was used against U.S. citizens emerged, including the internment without trial for over three years of Jose Padilla, an American citizen who was finally released after no evidence of terrorism was uncovered.




The so-called "compromise" before the bill was passed and the
media acclaim of John McCain as some kind of human rights champion is
one of the biggest con jobs ever inflicted upon the American people.


Shortly after the bill was finalized it was spun
by Bush security advisor Stephen Hadley as "good news and a good day
for the American people." McCain said that it safeguarded "the
integrity and letter and spirit of the Geneva Conventions."

In truth the legislation does the exact opposite, giving Bush
carte blanche to "interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva
Conventions."

In addition, under the bill, "No person may invoke the Geneva
Conventions or any protocols thereto in any habeas corpus or other
civil action or proceeding to which the United States, or a current or
former officer, employee, member of the Armed Forces, or other agent of
the United States is a party as a source of rights in any court of the
United States or its States or territories."

The bill also allows hearsay evidence (obtained via phony
confessions after torture) to be considered by the military tribunal
and bars the suspect from even having knowledge of the charges against
him - making a case for defense impossible. This is guaranteed to
produce 100% conviction rates as you would expect in the dictatorships
of Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe and other torture protagonists who are in
many cases allied with the Bush administration and provide phony confessions obtained from torture
that allow the U.S. government to scare its people with the threat of
imaginary Al-Qaeda terror cells waiting to kill them.


Following the Supreme Court's ruling to previously strike down Bush's shadow penal system, Alberto Gonzales is already out threatening federal judges to shut up and get behind the dictator or face the consequences.

Gonzales has the sheer gall to attack judges for even considering
to "overturn long-standing traditions or policies without proper
support in text or precedent," which is exactly what Gonzales, Bush and
the rest of the White House criminals are doing themselves by de facto
abolishing the Bill of Rights!


This is a dark day for the United States, the day America died and the bastard birth of a literal dictatorship.

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