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Bush to Terrorists and Criminals: “Come on in!"
15 Jan 2004
Bush to Terrorists and Criminals: “Come on in! All decent people keep out.”

Recently the Bush adminstration has put into motion two radical changes to the way America interacts with the rest of the world. One of them is getting a lot of attenton, the other substantially less. In spite of the disparity in news coverage, the two changes are closely intertwined and send a very clear message to the rest of the world.

On the one hand, Bush has proposed that millions of illegal immigrants who have snuck into the country in a variety of ways over the years be “legalized” and allowed to stay in US as long as they are in some way gainfully employed. On the other hand, Bush has already begun putting into action a plan to “criminalize” law-abiding foreign visitors to the US. They are being criminalized in the sense that they are, one and all, being considered guilty of plotting against th US until proven innocent, they are all being finger printed, background checked, searched, harrassed, surveilled, and put permanently on file. So far, there has not even been any talk of putting “legalized” immigrants through the same wringer.

What this boils down to is a very simple message to foreigners: you will be rewarded for entering the country illegally, and punished for entering the country legally. People smugglers who make enormous profits from sneaking people into the US will prosper, while legitimate airlines and shipping lines will have to struggle to survive. Legitimate tourim industry services will be hit, while the under-world “tourism” services such as sweat shop and migrant labor suppliers will experience a new surge of growth as they move desperately poor foreigners around the country with impunity.

Terrorists will have a field day with the new rules of American immigration. Why bother paying for a top of the line biometric fake passport when you don’t need a passport at all? From now on there will be no need to make elaborate plans on how to get into the US undetected. All any terrorist will have to do is memorize a few Spanish phrases and then walk right in from Mexico. As long as he or she can hold down a paper route, friend terrorist will find America’s arms as wide open as ever. Drug smugglers, spies, and other assorted members of the criminal classes will no doubt find that their lives have become equally as care-free and easy-going.

These immigration moves are clearly pro-crime and anti-security. At this point everyone ought to realize that the Bush adminstration is consistently pro-crime and anti-security. The Enron (et al) scandals all fit into this pattern. The Bush adminstration was invariably allied with the corporate criminals and went out of its way to let them off the hook, while millions of people lost their jobs and their retirement savings, otherwise known as their economic security.

In the case of Iraq, everyone, including members of the actual Bush administration, acknowledge that the war is illegal, or in other words, that the war itself is a crime. A growing chorus from around the world have gathered to point out that, within this criminal war, the US is consistently engaging in acts that would themselves be war crimes, even if the war itself had been in some way legitimate. And at the same time, everyone, including members of the Bush administration, readily admit that Iraq is now a haven for terrorists, that it is probably the most volatile place in the entire Middle East, and that Americans are going to continue to die there, and that very likely the war in Iraq will provoke new attacks against Americans both at home and elsewhere in the world. To put this more broadly, the Bush administration’s war has reduced the levels of physical security of the American people.

And to reiterate, this also fits the pattern of Bush being pro-crime and anti-security.

There are numerous other examples that would all point to the same end, such as Bush’s behavior in regards to health and energy, but the above should be enough to make the point.

Bush is in favor of crimes specifically targetted against the bulk of the population, whether it be of the US or the world. And he is specifically in favor of reducing the levels of security for the bulk of the population. None of his pro-crime activites are targetted against the rich and/or powerful (of the US at least), and none of his anti-security measures are targetted against and/or powerful either.

The American people, and people around the world need to understand that none of this is a coincidence. The Bush administration is not doing any of this by accident, nor is any of this some kind of strangely consistent negative by-product of some other plan the administration is pursing. This is the plan. The Bush administration is literally attacking the American people, and the people of the world. The Bush administration has literally declared war on the American people, and the people of the world. The Bush administration is literally killing and imprisoning its enemies without trial or cause. It is literally working to break the back of any resistance to its authority right now, today, before the resistance gets organized.

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