Enabling Act Sections similar to Patriot Act edicts:
Enabling Act, Section 114: Restrictions on personal liberty: Patriot Act: Incipient National ID card (Portland Oregonian, June 12, 2005 ) may soon be using actual DNA samples as part of its data base.
Enabling Act, Section 118: Removal of free expression, of opinion. Patriot Act: Just recently, at a Bush rally, a youth was roundly and soundly ejected for the crime of “wrong T-Shirt wearing.”
Enabling Act, Sections 117, 115 and 153: Removal of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Patriot Act supports this implicitly: Not only via National ID card but also via broad and complete access to sensitive health, business, financial and educational records of everyone, anywhere, any time. As a matter of fact, incursions into library records will allow the FBI to determine who checked out what books, and take action against individuals who may be reading the “wrong” material.
Enabling Act, Section 115: House-Searches. No more warrants were needed for house searches. Just bust in and grab whatever evidence, and whoever seems to be acting suspiciously, and cart ‘em off. Patriot Act: Secret searches, surveillance, seizure of property and arrests of individuals without “proper cause” are now a staple of the Patriot Act, and have already been successfully implemented.
But, the major beast hiding in the political “bushes” right now, is more dangerous and more devastating to any and all of us here in America than anything coming before it, and that is the parallel between what the Nazis did to their constitution coupled with what we are about to do to ours:
The Nazis, in their infamous February 28 decree, successfully attacked the German constitution. The Goverment then in place
was informed that the sate was in danger, and that emergency procedures were necessary. Thus, all the constitution’s sections mentioned above, i.e. 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 were suspended indefinitely; Period.
At this moment, in our own government, the supplemental budget bill, passed unanimously (100-0) on May 11, 2005, which assigns 82 billion dollars more to the war in Iraq, contains a provision establishing “The Sunset Commission:” A committee composed of legislators whose job it will be to revise all branches of the federal government including the Constitution. Yes, this is really happening. Unless all citizens realize this, and rise up in protest, our government, as we know it – our wonderful constitution as we know it – will cease to exist as we know it!
And, twenty senators right here in the USA not only refused to co sponsor the anti lynching reolution
passed on June 14, 2005, but refused a roll-call vote so they wouldn’t have to put their names on this legislation.
Guantanamo Bay is being kept open. Comments by bleep Cheney are: “This is where the bad people are.” Donald Rumsfeld, on July 15 (via Chicago Tribune News Service) states “The real problem is not Guantanamo Bay . Traditional doctrines covering criminals and military prisoners do not apply well enough.” With this statement, he casts aside the Geneva Conventions, which, after all, Alberto Gonzales, our current Attorney General, has described as “quaint.”
Is anyone at all aware that there are children under the age of fifteen in custody at Guantanamo Bay (as there were in Abu Ghraib) and that these children are as routinely, coldly and casually abused as their adult fellow inmates?
Yesterday, in Germany , farmers stood in their fields beside the rail-road tracks where they smiled, waved, and drew their fingers across their throats in the traditional “death” gesture when the cattle-cars went past.
Yesterday, in Germany , no one tore down the loudspeakers booming propaganda speeches at every bus stop in Berlin . No one tore down the propaganda posters which not only depicted hideous cartoons of “devil Jews” but also showed scary images of people who did not vote “correctly” at elections being hauled away because voting “No” was a crime.
Today, we accept quite nonchalantly that – according to verified and actual memos (which no one has even denied exist) -- that the invasion of Iraq was planned two years in advance by Dubbya in concert with Tony Blair. No one has raised even the slightest protest against persons being held indefinitely, without cause, and without access to any kind of legal or other resources at Guantanamo Bay . No one seems to care that the Patriot Act in all its Nazi-inspired glory is being reviewed in order to make it a permanent fixture of government.
Tomorrow, then, when we watch folks being carted off
adults and children both – to detention centers, both in the USA and overseas, will we smile, and wave, and draw our fingers across out throats in the traditional gesture of death?
My biggest fear is the prevalent shrug, with its attitude of, “Well as long as it isn’t in my back yard, or involving my family, what the heck do I care.” That is the ultimate enabling; giving fascism everything it needs to become all-powerful. . And, when it’s too late, then what? World War III? Who’s gonna be around to fight it? Please advise…