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Rue The Day – Lincoln Rolls Over in Grave While Congress Empowers Big Brother (english)
20 Nov 2002
Modified: 11:12:46 AM
The supreme irony of passing such anti-American legislation on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is nearly equaled by the irony of empowering a man like Admiral Poindexter
Washington, DC. - November 19,2002 - On a day already of great historic significance, the U.S. Senate passed legislation establishing the so-called Homeland Security Department. November 19, as fate would have it, is also the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address when the famous president noted: “…that this new nation shall have a new birth of freedom”. The irony of that statement in the context of yesterday’s action by the U.S. Senate should be lost on no one.
The legislation passed earlier in the rightwing House of Representatives, puts into place some of the most repressive and invasive government apparatus ever conceived in the nation’s history. Programs like Admiral John Poindexter’s “Total Information Awareness” make a mockery of civil liberties and the much-touted freedoms U.S. citizens are supposed to hold dear. Critics point toward the all-seeing eye of the Illuminati and the accompanying Latin: “Information is Power”, used by TIA, as the perfect surreal symbol for such an Orwellian undertaking. Others are just outraged or appalled. Apparently that outrage was not reflected in Congress.
The supreme irony of passing such anti-American legislation on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is nearly equaled by the irony of empowering a man like Admiral Poindexter. His nefarious roll in the Iran-Contra scandal that shook the nation in the 1980s was that of a shadowy figure lurking in the Whitehouse basement, hatching devious plans to circumvent Congress and the will of the American people. When his actions and those of his cohorts finally came to light, it was frightfully obvious what little regard those men had for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law in our nation. Well, their back, and they have comfort and aid from the Bush Administration; in fact, they ARE the Bush Administration. What better candidates for Big Brother than the infamous John Poindexter, the crusty James Ridge, or the self-righteous and frighteningly treacherous Attorney General, John Ashcroft?
Interestingly, former Vice-president Al Gore, the man who showed little backbone in the Bush regime’s power-grab of 2000, seems to be the leading voice within the Democratic Party against these assaults to our freedom. This morning Gore was on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” slamming the Administration and the likes of Poindexter for their utter disregard of the Constitution and civil liberties. Given Gore’s timorous history during Election 2000, it appears he has now bitten the bullet and surged ahead of recreant Democrats in their appallingly weak effort to bring reason and sanity to government rum amok. But Gore will not be enough to stem the rising tide of tyranny from within the Whitehouse and the Judiciary. Cowardly, opportunistic Democrats will need to join with Gore and the millions of U.S. citizens who grow increasingly shocked by the actions of the Bush regime. They will have to do it now, before the Office of Fatherlan….er..Homeland Security becomes a concrete reality, before the last of our remaining civil liberties go down the Memory Hole of the corporate-controlled U.S. government. Like the sign says: If you’re not outraged, you’re not listening.
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Guess What? (english)
20 Nov 2002

Nighty night.