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NO QUARTER: National Security: The Attack on the Constitution

February 13, 2006

NO QUARTER: National Security: The Attack on the Constitution

All I had to do was read the first paragraph and know I wanted to preserve this for posterity.

[My old CIA running buddy, Jim, delievered the following speech this week. Please read and pass on. The man knocked it out of the park. Larry]

Delivered in Washtenaw County, Michigan, February 8, 2006

It is my pleasure to be able to share some of my thoughts with you this evening on matters of national security and the Constitution. I come here not as a Democrat, not as a former Republican, but as an American who is deeply troubled by the direction we are headed as a nation.

Ditto on the “deeply troubled”

Update: as I read, there are highlights

Too often, from those same small towns to the White House itself, people do not know what it means, do not think it applies to them, or more importantly, fail to recognize that, at times, “protect and defend? actually requires action or restraint. What “protect and defend? really means is that the law will be followed, the Constitution respected, and any doubt resolved in favor of either, or both. And that is exactly what the Republicans and this White House are NOT doing!
[snip]
We fought the Soviets and I fought the Soviets because they had a fatally flawed, intolerable system of government where (and think about this):

The government was always right and never apologized;

Any dissent was suppressed, ridiculed, banned or worse;

Secret prisons were denied and never acknowledged or spoken about;

The torture of captives (in Lubyanka) was condoned;

State incarceration was not subject to the checks and balances of a legal system;

Economic plans, like for oil, were established/determined in closed sessions between politicos, commissars and production managers, far outside public view, and where government claimed privilege in so doing;

Wages were set at the lowest common denominator, no matter what Bloc country you were in;

Government agents had access to your medical records, your library records, your telephone, and your e-mail.

A place where judicial power and judicial review were proclaimed concepts, but simply ignored in application;

Where criminal records of young adults were closed to all but the military;

Where a Constitution was a mere facade and ignored by state actors.

Any dissent, debate and protest were deemed unpatriotic;

The public media was bought, paid for, and provided by the state;

The military clandestinely and shamelessly influenced the national media and public opinion;

A place where wrong was declared right;

Where tapping a phone was like tapping a pencil;

Where lying was considered a patriotic skill;

The extraction of natural resources was paramount to any concern for the environment and the impact on the health of its people;

Where the use of “state secrets,? (those things embarrassing to the government) were confused with legitimate issues of “national security?;

A place where “secrecy” and “national security” were used to control debate;

Where legitimate secrecy, was subject to political use and abuse;

Where “legislators” were mere mouthpieces for and rubberstamps of whoever was in power;

Where you lived and died with the permission of the government;

A place where foreign policy was more important than domestic concerns;

Where fear was used as a political weapon and an acceptable means of control;

Where the best medical care was reserved for the influential;

Where wealth was concentrated in the top 5%;

A place where there was no middle class – just a small economic and political elite, and the working poor.

The Soviet Union- A people’s paradise where the people were in control of their state – but we here in America knew better and we fought the Soviet system with everything we had because we could not endure a Soviet style system here in the United States.

I’d been thinking this for a couple weeks, but then I remind myself of the facism, practiced by this administration. This just proves that the current assministration wants to consolidate the power and wealth among the elite, which seems to include corporations that have bought into the power.

as Jim Marcinkowski concludes:

I believe that these are dangerous times for us as a nation and as a people. As we move forward, as one Country, as Americans united in purpose and resolve, I ask that you consider what President Roosevelt once said, that “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.? But that’s all we get from this White House and the Republicans. We cannot allow fear to control the political debate, to demean those who question or to control the future of this country. It seems it’s always easier to scare than it is to lead.

Ladies and gentlemen, we can do better. We must do better, for there is no less at stake than the very principles upon which this country was founded.

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