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Bush Evilness! November 13, 2006

Posted by dylanhudson in current events/politics, research.
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Now that the democrats have won, hes trying to shove all of his BS legislation through at the last minute.
The really evil bit is this- the Terrorist Surveillance Act.


Here’s a little bit-

    (a) In General- Notwithstanding any provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), chapter 119 of title 18, United States Code, or any other provision of law related to the interception or collection of communications, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize a program of electronic surveillance without a court order for periods of up to 45 days if–
    • (1) the President determines that the surveillance is necessary to protect the United States, its citizens, or its interests, whether inside the United States or outside the United States;

So, he can just decide if they should spy on someone. Additionally, that person is labeled a ‘Terrorist’, which means that, under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (note that it’s already signed into law), that you have absolutely no rights, whether you are a US citizen or not. You know what else is interesting about the Military Commissions Act? “The President has the authority for the United States to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions” Is that insane or what?

“The Act also contains provisions removing access to the courts for any alien detained by the United States government who is determined to be an enemy combatant, or who is ‘awaiting determination’ regarding enemy combatant status. This allows the United States government to detain such aliens indefinitely without prosecuting them in any manner. ” (Sourced from Wikipedia)

So, if, by the MCA 2006, you are designated an Unlawful Enemy Combatant, which you can be for any reason, the Geneva Conventions no longer apply to you. Neither does habeas corpus, or any civil rights. How convenient.
Also, check out these penalties for ‘tattling’- [from a summary of the Terrorist Surveillance Act]

“The only penalties provided for in the bill would be enforced against administration whistleblowers who report that surveillance is taking place–which is how the media became aware of the NSA’s secret domestic spying program in the first place. If the bill is passed, anyone in the administration who informs the media of such secret programs in the future may be imprisoned for up to 15 years and fined up to $1M.”

Christ.

If you feel like reading it-
http://civilliberty.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi%2Dbin/query/z%3Fc109:S.2455.IS:

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