Thursday, October 19, 2006

YOU, TOO, CAN BE AN ENEMY COMBATANT!


How will history judge the 109th congress? The other day, the president of the United States signed into law a piece of legislation which - quite literally - gave him despotic powers. It all boils down to this: A disgusting, murderous, half-witted little thug named George W. Bush now has the authority to declare anyone he sees fit as an "enemy combatant". That includes American citizens, folks. This means that any one of us can be arrested and detained indefinitely without any charges being made against us. One could, in theory anyway, be grabbed off the street and thrown into Gitmo or where ever without his or her family ever even being notified. A person could just disappear! If that isn't bad enough for you, chew on this unpleasant fact for a minute or two: It is now legal to use the same methods of torture that the government of Harry S Truman prosecuted Japanese war criminals for at the end of World War Two. Now doesn't that just make you feel warm and fuzzy all over?

"Excuse me while I disappear"
Frank Sinatra 1958

Which brings us to this nasty question: Just what in the hell do they mean by the term, "enemy combatant"? It's a tad too vague for comfort, if you ask me. According to people in the know, it can mean anybody who inadvertently made an innocent contribution to an organization with suspected ties to terrorist organizations. Back in 1995, without even knowing it, I made a twenty-five dollar contribution to the Irish Republican Army under the guise of an orphan's charity. Had they been at odds with our government at that particular moment, with George W. Bush at the helm, who knows where I would have ended up! Can you imagine?

Here's another question: Just what, in the mind of the First Fool, constitutes a terrorist organization? Well, heck! That could mean any person or organization whose singular purpose is not only the impeachment but the imprisonment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney for the rest of their lives for their crimes against humanity. Uh oh! That means me....That might even very well mean you! Are you an enemy combatant? Am I? Apparently we are, according to these fools.

Welcome to Hitler country.

Twenty-five years ago, I would roll my eyes whenever someone compared Ronald Reagan to Adolf Hitler. As incompetent and feeble-minded as Ronnie no doubt was, the Hitler juxtaposition was a bit of a stretch, I thought. All of that has changed. Is it an extreme example to compare the Bush Mob to the Nazi regime of seventy years ago? Not at all. You must remember that der fuhrer was able to take total control of that government via an entirely legal process. He demanded of the German parliament absolute power and the German parliament caved in absolutely. While all this was happening, the voters of Germany looked away in utter indifference. Before they knew it, all political opposition to Hitler was brutally crushed by means of intimidation and murder; Germany was on the road to catastrophe. Within little more than a decade, his beloved fatherland lay in smoldering ruins. Millions of its people were dead.

Do you doubt, for a minute, that your country is now heading down that same catastrophic road? If you do, then, by all means, vote republican on 7 November. For months I've been "ranting" about the number of Iraqi men, women and little children who have died as a result of the obscenity that you and I, as taxpayers, have been funding in that tormented country. Judging by all I had read (and I've read an awful lot on the subject, so help me, Mitch Miller, I have!) I had previously estimated the death toll at being, at the very least, one-hundred thousand. Stop the presses! According to a recent study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the actual body count is around six-hundred and sixty-five thousand. My mistake. When pressed with these figures at a press conference on October 11th, Bush summarily dismissed them as nonsense. It's just much more convenient for him to stick to his December 2005 figure of thirty thousand. How does this evil bastard even sleep at night? From this day forward my estimate of the Iraqi dead will be "at least half a million". So sue me.

In the meantime, Dick Cheney's Halliburton is now involved in the construction of two "detainment facilities" that are able to house up to forty-thousand people ("enemy combatants") that your government has commissioned in the event of any "national emergency". Here's another question for you to munch on, kids: Are you naive enough to believe that the hideous little piece of shit in the oval office doesn't plan on using those - let's call a spade a spade - concentration camps to imprison innocent American citizens whose only crime is invoking their right to a "redress of grievances" that is guaranteed to them by the First Amendment? Do you seriously believe that this administration's unparalleled constitutional recklessness is not doing serious damage to the framework of our nation's laws that were put in place by the Founding Fathers over two centuries ago? James Madison once remarked that the system of checks and balances did not have to rely on the "good intentions" of the people in power and that our constitution could even withstand the machinations of the devil. But what happens when the devil, himself, seeks to destroy those very same constitutional foundations with the willing aid of a corrupt and incompetent congress? What happens when the citizens of a country are lulled into inaction, distracted by the celebrity scandal du jour? History has proven that the results are always disastrous. Make no mistake about it, we've arrived at that very point.

The seventh of November will prove to be one of the most fateful - or fatal - election days in American history. The choice is ours. Of this you can be absolutely sure: The administration of George W. Bush will stop at nothing to make sure the republicans take or steal both houses of congress next month. Count on them orchestrating some kind of hideous "October Surprise", even something that gets people killed, that will frighten the masses into staying with the GOP. If you don't think they're capable of pulling off something as despicable as that, you obviously haven't been paying attention.

The election is less than three weeks away and it's up to all of us to get out the vote. Do everything humanly possible: Call your local talk radio programs; Call C-SPAN's Washington Journal! It's easier to get on the air than you might think - Of the thirty or so attempts I've made to get through, I've been successful more than nine out of ten times (The secret is "speed dialing"!); Write a letter to the editor of your local paper - It's not too late to get two or even three pieces published; Volunteer to drive an elderly or handicapped neighbor to the polls; Explain to your less politically astute friends exactly what is at stake. If they are faithful viewers of FOX and Friends, tell them they might do well by tuning into the politically centrist (and registered republican) Don Imus for a week or so; If they are avid Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity listeners, tell them to give Air America a try - if only for a day or so. Hell, they might even learn a thing or two! This could very well be our last chance to have our votes counted. If you think everything I've written here this morning are merely the ramblings of a sick, malcontented fanatic, then please vote republican next month. You'll deserve everything that happens to you. Think I'm kidding?

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

11 Comments:

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go, Tom!
-- Germanicus

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Tom, this is probably one of your best and most important postings yet. I can not imagine how our so called elected representatives could have given this little egomanicial halfwit this kind of power. The sad thing is that your comparison to Hitler is right on the mark and the majority of the people in this country are going along like placid, contented cows totally unaware of the shit that is about to fall down on them. If the Democrats do not win the upcoming election and put some checks on this murderous little spawn of the devil, we can kiss all freedoms and liberty goodbye.

I think that just as important as getting out the vote is monitoring the vote to be sure that the reusults are not manipulated. We know that they were manipulated in the 2004 elections and that should give us fair warning that the Republicans will do anything to remain in power. It would not surprise me if Bush and Co manufactures some sort of national emergency to call off the election and then declares martial law. I am sure that karl Rove must use Mein Kampf as his bedtime reading.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger landsker said...

Maybe I`m wrong, but you have the demorats and the republirats.
Whoever wins, the pentagon always takes charge. Since the american war of independence, american forces have found enemies to fight.
Communism, fascism, and now terrorism. Always bigger budgets, more weapons.
You are right Tom, America is becoming "hitler country", because now the american people are waking up, which as far as the government is concerned, makes them dangerous.
Every general needs an army, and a war, otherwise he has to get a real job.
Most of all, they like the taste of blood, they see success in terms of how many of the enemy they have killed.
Is it time, in the name of the human race, for america to disarm ~~completely, and for ever?

 
At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Tom said...

I am a very open person when it comes to individuals views and I hope nobody takes this as a confrontational post because I do not intend it to be. I see terrorism as a large problem to the U.S. When 2008 comes around and we elect a new president, how do you propose we stop the terrorism against the United States? I will be honest and say that I do not believe in "cutting and running" as many call it but I believe there is better way and we haven't found it yet.

Thanks for this opportunity to ask a question.

Tom

 
At 1:22 AM, Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Tom! There was marvellous news today and you may have missed it:

Here's the link~~
http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B2DA7BAE4-061B-49B6-983F-3D69A4396E37%7D)&language=EN


Jenna is down in Paraguay sussing out this land grab as Paraguay have negated all previous laws regarding prosecutions for genocide. The little weasel may be running to safety!

To me it sounds very much like Bush has been making plans for major losses in the election and terrified of being made accountable for his crimes against humanity. Once a coward always a coward plus every other epithet we can throw at this snivelling incompetent evil little cretin.

Great post Tom and I hope this brings a smile to you and everyone else.

 
At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well if I turn up missing....you will know that I am in GITMO!!--vern

 
At 3:11 AM, Blogger confudeforeigner said...

Greetings from (an Australian in) New Zealand, Tom. I know Goshen a little as I've spent a few weeks in Canaan, Ct (still have family there).

Keep up the good work.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I get the feeling that the only thing that will make you guys....shall we say....more popular around the world is to a) get out of Iraq b) impeach Bush and Cheney and c) (even more so) is for America to review its support and financing of Israel.

The Bush era IMO will never be viewed as anything but a disaster but if anything good can come of it, it has to be to rouse Americans from their slumber about what American foreign policy is about, and what it does to the globe.

Cheers.

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom: Thanks for your vigilance and your many comments on other blogs. I am so disheartened by this military commissions thing that I cannot see how we can handle it short of repealing this law immediately. I was tooling around the net yesterday and printed out a "People's Signing Statement on the 'Miliary Commissions Act of 2006'", which lists grievances. The only link I can come up with is the one which printed out on the bottom of the page: http://www.wrrcat.org. I believe all of us should print out and mail signed copies to all elected representatives and see that it is linked in all blogs possible and printed in local newspapers and referenced on live talk shows. Keep up the good work.

 
At 5:13 AM, Blogger landsker said...

Hi Tom.
I can understand your concerns with "terrorism". You mention your innocence in making a financial contribution to the "orphans" of the situation between the Irish republicans and british government.
The Irish considered themselves to be "legitimate resistance fighters", the murdoch-owned british media called them "terrorists".
Eventually the british backed down, and Ireland now seems to be heading towards peace.
Perhaps if America withdrew from the oil-rich muslim countries that have been invaded, then the muslims will leave you guys alone.
You don`t believe in running from Iraq?
Until when? Until america is destroyed? Because the Iraqui people have no intention of ever giving up.
Just like the French resisted the Germans, just like the Irish resisted the British.

The pentagon controls the white house, and is no more than a bully-boy thug for the oil companies.

American democracy has been subverted, by diebold, by corporate lobbyists, by a consumptive culture that, whilst consisting of just 5% of the people, needs 25% of the worlds` resources.
80% of the Iraqui people want america to go from their country, as do the majority of the Afghans, surely these people are the equal of any american.
Remember, america attacked them first, a fact that both the democrats and republicans seem to overlook.
The american people are not all nazi thugs, the majority are decent folk, but is there seriously a democrat with the will to shut down the american war machine?
Peace to you all, and I sincerely hope that the planet can find a collective will to live together without the need for armaments.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

I already am an "enemy combatant"! I'm and Anarchist, and I'm proud of it! I used to be a Libertarian, then the Right Wing took over the Libertarian Party, so now I'm an Anarchist!

Excelent post Tom! One of your best!

I guess you know that all of our phones are tapped, and the boys from "Fort Fuck 'em All" are reading this as we speak!

 
At 3:14 AM, Blogger Mc Scary said...

Howdy Tom. Like I said before "you got it right". And still have it right. "The Vote" is the most important task at hand. I don't care what your political affiliation is, we must vote against these thugs by voting for the Democrats.

One more thing. It's time to take it to the streets. Signs, loud screaming Americans by the thousands.

We stopped our government once over Vietnam and we can do it again over Iraq, Afghanistan, and our rights as free Americans.

But, their not going to just hand it over to us. We will have to demand it, and that will take effort on our part. Power=Number of people multiplied by anger.

Tom, again great job. Your certainly doing your part.

Mc Scary

 

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