f you haven't been watching the political
arena lately, you may not have noticed that the U.S. Congress
last week handed President Bush a bill that, if signed, would
spell the end of America as we know it.
Called the Military Commissions Act of 2006,
the bill abandons the Geneva Convention (formed after Hitler's
atrocities in WWII), legalizes the torture of U.S. citizens,
suspends all civil rights for prisoners and allows the President
to declare virtually anyone to be an "enemy combatant" --
artists, writers, scientists, protestors or anyone who does not
agree with the pro-war stance of the current regime.
It would also retroactively grant blanket
immunity to all U.S. military personnel who have committed war
crimes under the Geneva Convention. Such immunity would extend
to present and future war crimes as well. In other words, the
United States will now officially harbor and support war
criminals. In the context of international law, the United
States is effectively declaring itself to be a criminal state
that will respect no international law.
Just as frighteningly, the new Act would
utterly nullify the courts and make it illegal for the judicial
branch of government to interfere with the imprisonment and
torture of anyone, thus affecting a dangerous power shift from
the judicial branch of government to the executive branch.
Hitler followed the same strategy in
centralizing his own power, and by nullifying the courts while
taking over the media, he was able to propagandize his war,
arrest all dissenters, and concentrate power in his own hands.
The ultimate result was an unjust war and a humanitarian
disaster that haunts the world to this day.
The United States is now firmly on the same
path. These are dark times for our nation, and future historians
will no doubt look upon this historic vote as the trigger that
thrust the United States into a full-fledged police state,
complete with secret arrests, government spying on citizens, and
the mysterious "disappearance" of those who dared to speak out
against the dictator.
A disgraced nation
What the U.S. Congress has done is beyond
shameful. The rest of the world now sees the United States as a
rogue nation, led by a power-grabbing madman who has, in six
short years, taken us to the threshold of Police State tyranny,
all while claiming to be protecting the Constitution.
Read the Military Commissions Act yourself!
Here's a passage that nullifies the judicial branch:
"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
And here's another passage that rebukes the
"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
It makes you wonder. What kind of evil nation
would reject, with such legal precision, the humanitarian
protections of the Geneva Convention? What kind of U.S. Attorney
General would allow a new law to nullify the federal courts? And
what kind of traitorous Senator or Congressperson would vote for
such a law in the first place?
Even twelve Democrats voted for the bill. The
names of these traitors to our nation are:
Tom Carper of Delaware
Tim Johnson of South Dakota
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey
Menendez of New Jersey
Bill Nelson of Florida
Ben Nelson of Nebraska
Senator Pryor of Arkansas
Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia
Ken Salazar of Colorado
Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut
And, of course, most Republicans voted for
the bill as well. That's because their strategy for winning
elections is to frame all reasonable men as "cut-and-run"
sissies who don't have the backbone to bomb civilians, torture
young children and imprison their own people under a system of
It is no exaggeration to say that every
lawmaker who voted for this bill should be arrested and tried
for treason. Failure to do so, in fact, is itself a crime
against the United States of America.
By the way, this is NOT about Republican vs.
Democrat. It's about the structure of power in this country and
the dangers of consolidating political power. If these laws are
left in place, any future President (even a Democrat) could use
them to terrorize the nation and erect an impenetrable
dictatorship. The real danger is not found in any one
politician, but rather in the existence of a great political
imbalance that invites dictatorship and nullifies the checks and
balances that have kept our nation relatively free for so long.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
A repeat of Nazi Germany
Ever wonder how German citizens in the 1930's
allowed the rise of a brutal dictator and the emergence of a
military dictatorship? Actually, you're watching it happen right
now in the United States. This is exactly how it happened in
The comparison is no longer metaphorical. It
is literal. The U.S. government is following the recipe to the
letter: The selling of fear to create a reaction where citizens
demand greater "security," the centralization of power, the
suspension of civil rights, the defiance of accepted
international law, the control of the press through threats and
propaganda, the excusing of war crimes committed by our own
military leaders, the arrogance of believing the whole world
should think, and act, and govern just like us. These are the
ideas of madmen, and yet today, they are now official policy of
the United States government.
Chavez, the President of Venezuela was
absolutely right in his recent United Nations speech (which
almost everyone vilifies in the mainstream media, but no one has
actually read). Read the speech yourself and then ask yourself,
doesn't Chavez make a lot more sense than Bush? Read it at
It's not just Chavez, either. Practically the
whole world can see what's happening. The citizens of Canada,
Australia, South America, Asia, India, the UK and yes, even
Germany can see the United States government is fast becoming a
radical military dictatorship, nullifying its own founding
principles and diving head first into a bottomless pit of war,
fear mongering, aggression and counterfeit righteousness.
Things you need to see
I've created a political cartoon entitled,
"Freedom Flakes" that illustrates much of this in a single
cartoon. View it at
Read the NY Times editorial, "Rushing Off A
Read Alex Jones' analysis of how this law
gives the Bush Administration the right to sexually torture U.S.
http://www.Truthout.org and read the op-ed pieces there.
These are from some of the best political writers on the 'net.
Tune in to
http://www.OpEdNews.com and read the articles there.
Read anything by Noam Chomsky. I recommend
his latest book, "Failed States: The abuse of power and the
assault on Democracy." Although the book's material is presented
in a technical, academic tone, this book is a major eye opener,
especially if you haven't lived outside the United States and
you still think U.S. news reports the truth. Another book I
recommend by Chomsky is, "Manufacturing Consent," which explores
the role of the mainstream media in controlling the people for
And most importantly, if you are an American
citizen, vote the criminals out of office in the next
election. This includes voting against anyone who supported
the Military Commissions Act of 2006, regardless of their party
affiliation. These politicians only get away with this because
the voters let them. By exercising your vote, you exert real
influence over the future of this country.
Even if you believe the elections are rigged
(hint: they are), your voting action at least registers in the
consciousness of other voters. (Intention is a powerful thing.)
Read the 20 Amazing Facts about voting in the
The time has come to take a
If we don't take major action right now to
save our nation from tyranny, we will all soon be prisoners
under our own government. The disappearance of dissenters,
ramping up of secret police operations and the suspension of all
remaining freedoms will begin shortly thereafter.
This is not conjecture, nor exaggeration, nor
worst-case scenario. This is reality. This is happening right
now, right under our noses. You are witnessing the planned
destruction of a free nation, piece by piece, and the rise of an
evil empire that can only result in mass suffering, death and
This new evil empire has no respect for human
life, civil rights or international law. But it does have
nuclear weapons and insane leaders who are no doubt willing to
do anything to further consolidate power and control over the
resources of the world. This is precisely the recipe for
disaster, and do not be surprised if these madmen resort to the
unthinkable in order to win more elections and further
centralize their power. Pay careful attention to events in the
weeks before major elections, as these war mongers know full
well that a carefully-planned "terrorist attack" on U.S. soil in
the weeks before an election would turn the tide in their favor.
Read about "false flag" operations at
These people will stop at nothing, I believe,
to stay in power. And as we have seen throughout history, the
greater the concentration of power, the more cruel and insane
every government becomes. Remember: It is the distribution of
power among separate branches of government that has kept the
United States so free for so long, and yet today, our
legislative branch (the Senators and Congresspeople) have voted
to make themselves irrelevant, effectively ceding all power to
the executive branch (the President and his soldiers) by the
simple fact that the President can now have any lawmaker
arrested and imprisoned if they do not vote in alignment with
the President's wishes. Dissent is now illegal.
Unless this decision is vigorously opposed
and reversed, this nation is lost. We are at a crossroads, a
crucial turning point for the future of our nation, and if we do
not halt this madness, impeach this President and arrest all
those who would so easily trample upon the freedoms we have held
so dear for so long, then we are no wiser, nor any freer than
the German citizens of the 1930's who watched their own country
devolve into the infamous Nazi empire.