Saturday, November 12, 2005

SAVE HABEAS CORPUS please sign petition


I just composed the below script as a comment on a
petition sent to the representatives and newspapers of my state of
Florida. Since it seems, this may be the only way we can speak out against
the Neoconservative's destruction of our civil liberties. I hope everyone
reading this and who feels the same way about this abominable movement to
destroy habeas corpus, will also sign the petition below. Thanks, Thinkingblue

Habeas corpus n. Abbr. hab. corp. Law. One of a variety of
writs that may be issued to bring a party before a court or judge,
having as its function the release of the party from unlawful restraint

Every human being just by being a member of the modern
species Homo sapiens, should have the right to declare innocence until
proven otherwise. I can't believe the representatives of “we the people of
the United States” are trying to obstruct this
Alienable Right
, although I understand our rights have been slowly chipped away at, since after the 911 attack on US soil.

Of course we need to protect ourselves from murderous invaders but do we
really believe becoming a Totalitarian State, will make us safe? I believe
this has been a neoconservative goal and dream from the get-go?

Shame on the whole lot who voted to exclude detainees (or anyone) from
access to the U.S. courts jurisdiction to examine the legality of
“detainee detention” in Guantanamo and elsewhere. It reminds me of the
poem written during the Nazi terrorist regime by Pastor Niemöller an early
supporter of Hitler, which I will create, still, another variant of:

First they came
for the detainees at Guantanamo,
I did not speak out
because I was not a detainee there.

Then they came for the Abu Ghraib prisoners
I did not speak out
because I was not a prisoner there.

Then they came for the those they wanted to torture,
I did not speak out
because I was not in jeopardy of being tortured.

Then they came to take away Habeas Corpus
I did not speak out
because I felt, this does not pertain to me.

And then they came for me,
All my Rights were gone and there
were no Laws left to protect me.



The 36 page Nazi police dossier offered here is the complete police file
regarding the transportation of five prisoners from Wien (Vienna - the
second largest city in Großdeutschland) to Berlin, Germany in October

While the dossier does not cover the specific arrest of each of the
prisoners, they were probably arrested by the Gestapo as a part of a
single conspiracy earlier in 1940. They were tried and convicted in Wien
in September 1940 and sentenced to the hellhole prison, Berlin Alt-Moabit.



With virtually no advance notice the Republican majority in the Senate
(with the shameful complicity of Democrats Conrad, Landrieu, Lieberman,
Nelson, and Wyden) approved a last minute amendment to the Defense
Authorization Act to deny U.S. courts jurisdiction to examine the legality
of detainee detention in Guantanamo and elsewhere. They did this in
defiance of the not yet completely packed Supreme Court (another reason to
reject Alito), whose authority they would annul.

This is all despite the well-known FACT that many scooped up into these
hell holes of torture are not terrorists at all, some even having been
sold for bounty. Senator Bingaman immediately responded with a proposed
corrective amendment (S.AMDT.2517) to restore jurisdiction.

(Restore Habeas Corpus)

Is our government telling us that there is no possible way any of those
people can be convicted of a crime, by even an American jury, if they were
to have a fair trial? We also know that our own military attorneys were
fired for protesting because the tribunals already established were such
miscarriages of justice. If there is nobody in detention who can be
convicted of anything without special kangaroo courts, then the real
terrorists have indeed won, for we will then have abdicated all moral
authority. Please contact your senators at once to tell them to support
the Bingaman amendment.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to
be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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Please read this from blogger Cenk Uygur

We Didn't Torture the Nazis

Conservatives these days talk about the war on terror being a new kind
of war that demands new tactics. They say it’s nothing like any war we
have ever fought and the terrorists are more vicious than any previous
enemy. Really? How about the Nazis? They
seemed pretty vicious – and we
never felt the need to torture them.

We won a couple of world wars without ever having to torture anyone. In
fact, we treated the German soldiers so well when the war was over some of them wanted to stay (true story). Yet, I recollect us winning that war.

How about Tim McVeigh? Wasn’t he the “worst of the worst” as the
Republicans keep calling our current detainees? Why didn’t we torture him?
Remember he was thought to have a second accomplice, a John Doe Number Two, who was never caught (this is not the same person as Terry Nichols and the authorities later claimed he never existed). I don’t know if there ever was a John Doe Number Two, but shouldn’t we have tortured McVeigh to find out just in case? How about the Ramzi Yousef and Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the two men who were involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings? Why did we just arrest them, try them and lock them up for the rest of their lives when torture, secret detention and Eastern European jails were still an option? God, we were such softies back then.

How about Jeffrey Dahmer? Isn’t he the worst of the worst? He ate people. What were we thinking when we let him off the hook by not treating him to a little good old-fashioned American “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment?”

Here’s a list of other people certainly worthy of torture:

John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown (he raped and killed 33 people,
mostly young boys, and buried them under his house). Ted Bundy. Charles
Manson. Your local child molester. Someone who raped your daughter. A
rapist like Mike Tyson. Someone accused of slicing the heads off of two
Americans – OJ Simpson (OJ was never convicted, but neither has anyone
we’ve detained in the war on terror). A traitor like Aldrich Ames who sold
out our national secrets and endangered the lives of our secret agents. A
man who exposed the identity of a CIA agent and endangered her life and
the lives of her contacts, I. Lewis Libby.

We haven’t even gotten to dangerous gang members, drug dealers, violent
criminals, bank robbers and so many other people richly deserving of torture.

Hey, I got another idea. Why don’t we just change the name of the country from the United States of America to just … Syria? The Syrians know how to keep people in secret prisons, never report them to the Red Cross, torture them and never bring them to court. They’re really good at it. There’s a thing or two we could learn from them.

Wait a minute, I have an even better idea. You know who knows a lot about torture rooms – Saddam Hussein. He’s in our custody right now. That’s a valuable resource. We shouldn’t just let that go to waste. Let’s torture him so he can tell us the best ways to torture other people.

Remember when we used to believe in the American justice system?

Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) says a little torture never hurt anybody
because we are trying
“to detain and interrogate the worst of the worst.” Senator Roberts voted against an amendment to ban “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.” Inhuman treatment? Does that sound like the American way to you?

Vice President Dick Cheney says the detainees are “really bad people” who are getting “better than they deserve.” The Washington Post has written an editorial called the “Vice President for Torture.” They highlight the energetic efforts of Cheney to stop a bill in the Senate that would outlaw torture. This is the Vice President of the United States of America. How can we argue torture is un-American when our Vice President is lobbying for it?

And then Fox News Channel puts up this doozy of a graphic: “Why the Fuss About Torturing People Who Wants Us Dead?”

Indeed, why all the fuss? The American way of life is such a hassle. The burdensome legal system, giving people rights, trying to act like decent human beings. It can really wear a person down. Let’s just scrap the whole thing.

Remember when we used to proudly say the American justice system was
the best in the world?

I know the excuse a lot of people will have is that most of these
detainees are not American citizens. So true. They’re not like us, so
let’s treat them in sub-human ways. No need to be decent to people who
weren’t even born in this country. Were the Nazis American citizens? We
still managed to treat them humanely and still win -- and eventually even
win over the hearts and minds of the German people so they adopted our
system of government. Or the system of government we used to have.

By the way, lest you forget, Jose Padilla is still in a secret prison and has never been given any of his constitutional rights – and he is an American citizen. Though his skin is so brown, I don’t know if Republicans think that counts.

And my favorite excuse – they weren’t wearing the right uniforms. So,
we torture people because we didn’t like what they were wearing? Talk
about a killer fashion statement. I love the idea that we invade a country
and when people fight back in whatever clothes they happen to be wearing,
we tell them we can torture them because they weren’t wearing what we told them they should be wearing when we invaded them.

This administration really knows how take absurdity to a whole new level.

We have to make a decision. Do we want to change the tenor of this
country? Do we want to change our principles? Do we want to become a whole new country? It’s a democracy. If you keep voting for these republicans, they can take us in that bold new direction. Maybe we can even amend the constitution,
withdraw from all international treaties, and repeal our own anti-torture laws and roll back some of our pesky rights.

Or we can throw out all of these abhorrent politicians who never understood what this country is all about, who don’t believe in the American justice system, and who don’t believe in the American way of life. We can tell the world that they are an embarrassment to the country, they are not what America stands for, they are unpatriotic and un-American.

These cowards have let al-Qaeda accomplish one of their goals – making us change who we are. They have let us get a little uglier, a little less just, a little less decent and a little less American.

And there are people who still applaud these traitors to the American cause. People who are selling out our principles from the inside. Now, I have one question left for you – are you one of them or do you still believe in America?


Hunter S. Thompson once said:

"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world --
a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live
peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores
with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how
history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out
of our way, or we'll kill you. "Well, shit on that dumbness, George W.
Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the
people I respect in this world. We didn't vote for these cheap, greedy
little killers who speak for America today -- and we will not vote for
them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. "Who does vote for these dishonest
shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this
innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking
half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George
Bush? "They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up
for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid
and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate
mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats
of these Nazis. "And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or
not. F--k them."


GOP Memo Wishes for Another Terror Attack BY Bob Cesca

READ MORE: George W. Bush
I have this crazy theory that warnings of the 9/11 attacks were ignored because elements of the administration and the
PNAC neocons, who had previously mused about a "Pearl Harbor event", needed to secure popular support for war in the Middle East. The "Greater Good" theory. They (the neocon leadership) saw a massive global threat from the Middle East which could potentially kill millions, so they felt sacrificing a few hundred or thousand might be acceptable if it allowed them to prevent exponentially more casualties.

Like I said, it's just a crazy theory. But while I'm in tin-foil hat territory, look up something called Operation Northwoods; look up something called The U.S.S. Maine; and then read this PNAC memorandum.

But this week, Capitol Hill Blue published an article detailing a top secret GOP Memo which includes language that should infuriate even the most hard core Bush apologists. Capitol Hill Blue:

A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

By God, let's hope a terrorist kills a bunch of civilians on
American soil so Bush and the Baby Jesus won't cry any more! Words can't describe how pathetic and dangerous this line of thinking is. More:

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate” the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to “unite the country” in a “time of national shock and sorrow.”

It certainly worked on September "the" 11th. An marble-mouthed
frat boy who lost the popular vote and had never succeeded in life
on his own merit suddenly became the hallmark of strength, honor,
and American might. And he can do it again -- if there's another
attack. But what'll it be this time? Dirty bomb in New York? An RPG
fired at the Indian Point nuclear power plant? Suicide car bombings
in Los Angeles? Or worse?

Rest assured that your Republican leaders are hard at work
brainstorming ideas which include hoping for a terrorist attack in
order to increase their poll numbers. This is how your Republican
leadership thinks. This is their idea of "moral values". Be as
corrupt as you want: lie, steal, cheat, kill, torture, pollute,
protect your cronies, and collect the checks -- there's always more



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