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February 23, 2003



Liberty, War & Politics

Stop the War

Feb 20/03 Inspectors Call U.S. Tips 'Garbage'
"Example: satellite photographs purporting to show new research buildings at Iraqi nuclear sites. When the U.N. went into the new buildings they found "nothing." " (1)

Feb 21/03 Vive la France! by Justin Raimondo
"The spirit of Lafayette lives on in the refusal of France to go along with the War Party"

"...But if the French are obligated to kowtow to the Americans – and Tony Blair – on account of a debt that can never be repaid, then what about the debt Americans owe to the French, whose aid during the Revolution secured our victory over King George III?"

World War I treatment of German-Americans and antiwar activists

"...By the same inverted logic, a genuine aggression – one that will claim many thousands of lives in the most horrible way – is an act of "liberation." As long as it's committed by the U.S...."

"...The EU is socialistic, bureaucratic, hostile to all forms of nationalism, and just as potentially hegemonic as its American rival. Yet, Chirac and his European allies, whether they realize it or not, are defending the mortal enemy of bureaucratic internationalism -- the idea of national sovereignty – against the American "hyperpower.""(2)


Threats to Liberty in the U.S.

Feb 14/03 ACLU: Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,” also known as “PATRIOT Act II”
"The draft legislation, dated January 9, 2003, grants sweeping powers to the government, eliminating or weakening many of the checks and balances that remained on government surveillance, wiretapping, detention and criminal prosecution even after passage of the USA PATRIOT Act..."

A few points from this long memo:

"...Harming fair trial rights for American citizens and other defendants by limiting defense attorneys from challenging the use of secret evidence in criminal cases. (Section 204)"

"...Gagging grand jury witnesses in terrorism cases to bar them from discussing their testimony with the media or the general public, thus preventing them from defending themselves against rumor-mongering and denying the public information it has a right to receive under the First Amendment. (Section 206)"

"...Stripping even native-born Americans of all of the rights of United States citizenship if they provide support to unpopular organizations labeled as terrorist by our government, even if they support only the lawful activities of such organizations, allowing them to be indefinitely imprisoned in their own country as undocumented aliens. (Section 501)"

"...Further criminalizing association – without any intent to commit specific terrorism crimes – by broadening the crime of providing material support to terrorism, even if support is not given to any organization listed as a terrorist organization by the government. (Section 402)"

"...Completely abolishing fair hearings for lawful permanent residents convicted of even minor criminal offenses through a retroactive “expedited removal” procedure, and preventing any court from questioning the government’s unlawful actions by explicitly exempting these cases from habeas corpus review. Congress has not exempted any person from habeas corpus -- a protection guaranteed by the Constitution -- since the Civil War. (Section 504)" (3)

Stop the War

Feb 19/03 Re: The President’s National Security Advisor by Jude Wanniski

Discusses the incubator lies and other propaganda.

"...Now Condaleezza, bless her heart, is urging America’s allies to join us in campaign to drop 3000 bombs on Baghdad, a city of 4.5 million, just for starters. By gosh, Saddam Hussein might not have any weapons of mass destruction at the moment, but he is really a bad guy...."

Compares action taken by Feds against Branch Davidians ...(4)

Feb 6/03 Joseph Sobran: What Happened to the War on Terrorism?
"...Addressing the United Nations Security Council, the meticulous secretary of state — the Bush administration’s most credible spokesman — didn’t say that Saddam Hussein had anything whatever to do with the events of 9/11...."(5)



Notes

[1] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/01/18/iraq/main537096.shtml
CBSNEWS.com, Feb. 20, 2003 Inspectors Call U.S. Tips 'Garbage'

[2] http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j022103.html
Antiwar.com, February 21, 2003, Justin Raimondo, Vive la France!

[3] http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=11835&c=206
American Civil Liberties Union, February 14, 2003, Interested Persons Memo: Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,” also known as “PATRIOT Act II” by Timothy H. Edgar, Legislative Counsel

[4] http://polyconomics.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=2462
polyconomics.com, February 19, 2003, Condaleezza Rice, A Nice Girl, by Jude Wanniski

[5] http://www.sobran.com/columns/2003/030206.shtml
Sobran's, What Happened to the War on Terrorism? by Joe Sobran, Feb 6, 2003