May 162010
 

Via Tim, I see that the United States has leapt into the rabbit hole.

The very same administration-to-be that campaigned on a platform of restoring the civil liberties eroded by Bushitler etc. to Americans and everybody they arrested is now, er, taking more of them away than even Bushitler did.

Several weeks ago I saw a story on a blog somewhere about Obama’s authorising the assassination of an American citizen abroad (sans due process, naturally) because he was suspected of terrorist activity. I didn’t write about it then because I was sure it was a right-wing conspiracy lie.

Apparently it’s not.

Other restorations of our civil liberties include proposals to deny terrorist suspects arrested on US soil their Miranda rights, strip American citizens accused of terrorism of their citizenship, and treating American citizens arrested for terrorism as enemy combatants and barring them from trial in normal American courts.

I’m a bit confused about this, because while I obviously think restoring civil rights is a wonderful thing, these plans all sound to me like stripping Americans of every possible legal and Constitutional protection based solely on an accusation of a particular crime.

Perhaps the definition of ‘civil liberties’ has Changed™ since 2008. Perhaps, as appears to be the case, this legislation has been proposed by eeeevil Republicans. But if the latter is so, why are the good and kind Democrats in charge not screaming bloody murder about it? Why are they not swearing with their every last breath to use their Congressional majority to kill these bills stone dead?

And why, in the name of all that is holy, has the era of Hope and Change not only not reversed any of the rights-abuses perpetrated by the previous administration, as was promised, but perpetrated new ones itself?

Not that I ever expected him to be, but Obama is surely not the saviour he tried to make us all believe he was. And I absolutely do not understand why it is an outrage for Bush to read our emails but it’s fine for Obama to authorise the assassination of an American citizen. I do not understand why it is an outrage for Bush to deny foreign terrorism suspects their rights but it’s fine for Obama to do the same to American citizens on American soil. I do not understand why it was good that Obama was going to try Kalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civil court in Manhattan (where he would never get a fair trial), and now it’s also good that Obama’s not going to try American terrorism suspects in civil courts (where they might just have had a chance at a fair trial). I do not understand how American Congressmen can even propose this sort of thing during the administration of a constitutional lawyer, when the merest idiot can see that it’s plainly unconstitutional. There are no exceptions for terrorism in the Bill of Rights.

Are Americans really that frightened of terrorism, that they’re willing to put up with this stuff? I mean, the last time our government started abusing its own citizens, we had a giant fucking war with it.

And to be fair to him, it’s not just Obama at fault. Given that Republicans (including would-be president John McCain) have proposed a lot of this legislation, I’m afeard for what will happen if they win a majority in the elections later this year.

In fact, I’m afeard, full stop. Maybe it’s time to look into getting British citizenship after all…

  13 Responses to “What is happening in my country?”

  1. Do you think it will be much better here? Anything the Americans can do our government can emulate. Labour wanted to do away with most of the rights established under common law and I have no great optimism that Con/Lib will be any better once they get their feet well under the table.

    • Labour did do away with most of the rights established under common law. And your’e right, the Condoms won’t be giving them back. *sigh*

  2. At least our government has never succeeded in stripping us of our guns. Many of us are still perfectly willing to live free or die. Don’t give up on America.

    • That’s true, but what good are your guns against a government that is happily turning the security services against its own citizens? I mean, they’ve got bombs. A gun is only useful against humans.

  3. […] Gerens, esposa de Devil’s Knife, hace una interesante reflexión acerca de toda esta recuperación de las libertades civiles que George Walker (Texas Ranger) Bush […]

  4. Do you think it will be much better here? Anything the Americans can do our government can emulate. Labour wanted to do away with most of the rights established under common law and I have no great optimism that Con/Lib will be any better once they get their feet well under the table.

  5. But can the US government really depend on the forces of law & order?

  6. Hahaha, the US (all Democrats and most Republicans) now wants to forcibly take the DNA of anyone arrested.

  7. Nick Timms and Bruce had the same reply. Quel coincidence!

  8. I must have missed the overwhelming tide of outrage at this from those in Congress who opposed the Patriot Act.

  9. Have a read of this and you’ll realsie that Obama is smoke and mirrors. He’s no better than Bush, and could be worse becasue at least with Bush you knew what you were getting. Quite unbelievable-he’s allowed the US to be taken over by a Goldman Sachs cabal….
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/12697/64824

  10. Here’s a rather telling paragraph from that article:

    “The new president [Obama] for whom we all had such high hopes went and hired Michael Froman, a Citigroup executive who accepted a $2.2 million bonus after he joined the White House, to serve on his economic transition team — at the same time the government was giving Citigroup a massive bailout. Then, after promising to curb the influence of lobbyists, Obama hired a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist, Mark Patterson, as chief of staff at the Treasury. He hired another Goldmanite, Gary Gensler, to police the commodities markets. He handed control of the Treasury and Federal Reserve over to Geithner and Bernanke, a pair of stooges who spent their whole careers being bellhops for New York bankers.”

    And who’s the Treasury Secretary?
    Hank Paulson — the former Goldman CEO

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