This Memorial Day, Remember the Constitution

Bush has asserted His Unlimited Power as a War-Time President to order the U.S. military to conduct operations on U.S. soil to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely as enemy combatants. There has been no formal declaration of war; no formal suspension of Habeas Corpus:

What you assert is the power of the military to seize a person in the United States, including an American citizen, on suspicion of being an enemy combatant?” Judge William B. Traxler asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Justice Department lawyer Gregory Garre replied.

In the old days, speaking out against the King was a capital crime. And, once again, those of us who speak out against the government run the risk of being labeled an “enemy combatant” and whisked off in the middle of the night. And with NSA and Homeland Security’s ability to wiretap all our computers, they could, should they choose, plant illegal images and incriminating documents on any computer connected to the internet.

This Memorial Day, remember the Constitution. It died defending our liberty. It was killed by the rich and powerful, aided and abetted by the silence of the people. The “grand experiment” of our forefathers is over. We exist now not as a Constitutional Republic, but as a defacto Dictatorship. The freedoms enjoyed by the people exist at the whim and pleasure of the Commander in Chief. And the rich and powerful will not easily relinquish the power they have gathered unto themselves these past 8 years.

Obama’s Secret War Profiteering Tax

by Greg Palast

I can’t make this up:

In a hotel room in Brussels, the chief executives of the world’s top oil companies unrolled a huge map of the Middle East, drew a fat, red line around Iraq and signed their names to it.

The map, the red line, the secret signatures. It explains this war. It explains this week’s rocketing of the price of oil to $134 a barrel.

It happened on July 31, 1928, but the bill came due now.

Barack Obama knows this. Or, just as important, those crafting his policies seem to know this. Same for Hillary Clinton’s team. There could be no more vital difference between the Republican and Democratic candidacies. And you won’t learn a thing about it on the news from the Fox-holes.

Let me explain.

Read this entire article…

Olbermann ‘Special Comment’: Clinton RFK remark ‘unforgivable’

Raw Story

An outraged Keith Olbermann directed blistering commentary at Hillary Clinton for referencing Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination while defending her decision to stay in the race.

Hillary Clinton mentioned RFK’s assassination during an interview at Sioux Falls, S.D. Argus Leader. Clinton later expressed regret for the remarks.

Here is a partial transcript of Keith Olbermann’s “special comment”:

But Senator, we cannot forgive you this.

“You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

We cannot forgive you this — not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.

This is unforgivable, because this nation’s deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.

Lincoln. Garfield. McKinley. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. Robert Kennedy.

And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.

The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!

And to not appreciate, immediately – to still not appreciate tonight – just what you have done… is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead.

This, Senator, is too much.

Because a senator – a politician – a person – who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot – has no business being, and no capacity to be, the President of the United States.

Good night and good luck.

This was definitely one of the most passionate, the angriest Special Comment I have heard from Keith yet. It was well deserved, and I hope Senator Clinton heard it.

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