Happy !@#$%^&;* New Year Indeed!

2012 is already looking like the most interesting year of my life as of yet.

Mr. Obama just signed the NDAA of 2012.  This bill does two things.  1. )It attempts void our Bill of Rights (but only if we the people allow them to treat us like dogs- the Constitution didn’t give us our rights, they are natural born), 2) and practically declares war on Iran by imposing crippling economic sanctions on them.  How are sanctions enforced? By violence.  It is a virtual declaration of war, but worse than that, Iran has threatened to respond by shutting down the Strait of Hormuz.  When they do that, as their hand is being forced mightily, then the propaganda machines can get turned up to 11 declaring that Iran is the aggressor and that we must respond.  They can even bring back the tiny American flags in the corner of the screens.  Thus we will quickly spiral into yet another country to bleed our economy to death by attempting to be the World’s Police.

Of course, I shouldn’t be so surprised, this has been in the works for a while.  Who do you think assassinated 5 Iranian scientists?  Whose drone was found 40 miles inside Iran’s border?  What other economic sanctions have already been forced on them?  Whose spies are captured almost daily inside Iran?  We have been at war for at least a while now, but are about to go conventional.

This will have the worst possible result for our democracy.  Once we invade Iran, it is sure hard to ask the troops to leave without some sort of victory (and victory is unattainable, did we ever truly achieve victory in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, or Libya?  Iraq is still not stable.  OF course, they want endless war!  That is what the “War on Terror” was designed for.  There is no clear cut enemy!  We kill Osama in Pakistan, and they ask for more money for Afganistan!). This means Ron Paul and other peace loving beings will lose total support, and Obama, the greatest Tyrant in our history, will coast to re-election. Awful News…  (Do you think tyrant is a little strong? How about Rapscallion then?  But in all seriousness, he has done more to shield government from transparency, to punish whistle blowers, and to repeal the bill of rights than any president in our history.  He campaigned PROMINENTLY on all three of those “ideas.”  Remember, “The most transparent government in American History.”  To Jog your memory: http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/  And here’s the kicker, they love to say when they sign bills such as this, You have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide.”  Can you dare tell our ‘public servants’ that same phrase?)

I have no doubt Obama decided to sign it VERY late in Hawaii on NEW YEAR’S EVE FOR A REASON!!!!  By the time Monday comes around and all the thoughtful commentators come back to work the propaganda machines will have been rolling full tilt.  Too late!  Secondly, who in their right minds wants to be brought down by something so bad as this, talk about a BUZZ KILL. Yet, I’m that guy.  I don’t enjoy it, but hey, someone has got to be talking about this stuff, even if no one is paying attention (or visiting my blog : ) Study after study shows that marketing is highly effective (otherwise why would they pay so much for it).  Marketing is an interchangeable word with “propaganda.”  When they get these machines rolling, ramming their pro-war lies down our brains again, no one who wants to still have friends can be against this thing.  Particularly after the first casualty is inflicted.  And why did he die? They’ll say he was defending our freedoms.  Just like they were in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Vietnam.

Happy New Year indeed, Mr. Obama.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/317046
http://patriot-newswire.com/2011/12/obama-signs-bill-imposing-iran-banking-sanctions/
http://www.salon.com/2011/12/16/three_myths_about_the_detention_bill/

To view the bill and those who voted for it go here http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1540/show

Update, meet Jenn Morrill. She is working on new year’s eve apparently, and has done a much better job than i. in fact, i think i’ll give her her own post.

http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-salt-lake-city/obama-signs-ndaa-into-law-dismantles-bill-of-rights

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A Dangerous Precedent

Ron Paul makes his argument for the illegality of Obama’s recent actions. He is absolutely correct. I’m going to follow this post in the next day or so with my own.

A Dangerous Precedent
By Ron Paul

According to the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, Americans are never to be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The Constitution is not some aspirational statement of values, allowing exceptions when convenient, but rather, it is the law of the land. It is the basis of our Republic and our principal bulwark against tyranny.

Last week’s assassination of two American citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, is an outrage and a criminal act carried out by the President and his administration. If the law protecting us against government-sanctioned assassination can be voided when there is a “really bad American”, is there any meaning left to the rule of law in the United States? If, as we learned last week, a secret government committee, not subject to congressional oversight or judicial review, can now target certain Americans for assassination, under what moral authority do we presume to lecture the rest of the world about protecting human rights? Didn’t we just bomb Libya into oblivion under the auspices of protecting the civilians from being targeted by their government? Timothy McVeigh was certainly a threat, as were Nidal Hassan and Jared Lee Loughner. They killed people in front of many witnesses. They took up arms against their government in a literal way, yet were still afforded trials. These constitutional protections are in place because our Founders realized it is a very serious matter to deprive any individual of life or liberty. Our outrage against even the obviously guilty is not worth the sacrifice of the rule of law. Al-Awlaki has been outspoken against the United States and we are told he encouraged violence against Americans. We do not know that he actually committed any acts of violence. Ironically, he was once invited to the Pentagon as part of an outreach to moderate Muslims after 9/11. As the US attacks against Muslims in the Middle East and Central Asia expanded, it is said that he became more fervent and radical in his opposition to US foreign policy.

Many cheer this killing because they believe that in a time of war, due process is not necessary – not even for citizens, and especially not for those overseas. However, there has been no formal declaration of war and certainly not one against Yemen. The post-9/11 authorization for force would not have covered these two Americans because no one is claiming they had any connection to that attack. Al-Awlaki was on a kill list compiled by a secret panel within President Obama’s National Security Council and Justice Department. How many more Americans citizens are on that list? They won’t tell us. What are the criteria? They won’t tell us. Where is the evidence? They won’t tell us.

Al-Awlaki’s father tried desperately to get the administration to at least allow his son to have legal representation to challenge the “kill” order. He was denied. Rather than give him his day in court, the administration, behind closed doors, served as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner.The most worrisome aspect of this is that any new powers this administration accrues will serve as precedents for future administrations. Even those who completely trust this administration must understand that if this usurpation of power and denial of due process is allowed to stand, these powers will remain to be expanded on by the next administration and then the next. Will you trust them? History shows that once a population gives up its rights, they are not easily won back. Beware.

The Day America Died

The Day America Died

By Paul Craig Roberts

September 30, 2011 was the day America was assassinated.

Many expected President Obama to re-establish the accountability of government to law. Instead, he went further than Bush/Cheney and asserted the unconstitutional power not only to hold American citizens indefinitely in prison without bringing charges, but also to take their lives without convicting them in a court of law. Obama asserts that the US Constitution notwithstanding, he has the authority to assassinate US citizens, who he deems to be a “threat,” without due process of law.

In other words, any American citizen who is moved into the threat category has no rights and can be executed without trial or evidence.

On September 30 Obama used this asserted new power of the president and had two American citizens, Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan murdered. Khan was a wacky character associated with Inspire Magazine and does not readily come to mind as a serious threat.

Awlaki was a moderate American Muslim cleric who served as an advisor to the US government after 9/11 on ways to counter Muslim extremism. Awlaki was gradually radicalized by Washington’s use of lies to justify military attacks on Muslim countries. He became a critic of the US government and told Muslims that they did not have to passively accept American aggression and had the right to resist and to fight back. As a result Awlaki was demonized and became a threat.

All we know that Awlaki did was to give sermons critical of Washington’s indiscriminate assaults on Muslim peoples. Washington’s argument is that his sermons might have had an influence on some who are accused of attempting terrorist acts, thus making Awlaki responsible for the attempts.

Obama’s assertion that Awlaki was some kind of high-level Al Qaeda operative is merely an assertion. Jason Ditz concluded that the reason Awlaki was murdered rather than brought to trial is that the US government had no real evidence that Awlaki was an Al Qaeda operative.

Having murdered its critic, the Obama Regime is working hard to posthumously promote Awlaki to a leadership position in Al Qaeda. The presstitutes and the worshippers of America’s First Black President have fallen in line and regurgitated the assertions that Awlaki was a high-level dangerous Al Qaeda terrorist. If Al Qaeda sees value in Awlaki as a martyr, the organization will give credence to these claims. However, so far no one has provided any evidence. Keep in mind that all we know about Awlaki is what Washington claims and that the US has been at war for a decade based on false claims.

But what Awlaki did or might have done is beside the point. The US Constitution requires that even the worst murderer cannot be punished until he is convicted in a court of law. When the American Civil Liberties Union challenged in federal court Obama’s assertion that he had the power to order assassinations of American citizens, the Obama Justice (sic) Department argued that Obama’s decision to have Americans murdered was an executive power beyond the reach of the judiciary.

In a decision that sealed America’s fate, federal district court judge John Bates ignored the Constitution’s requirement that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law and dismissed the case, saying that it was up to Congress to decide. Obama acted before an appeal could be heard, thus using Judge Bates’ acquiescence to establish the power and advance the transformation of the president into a Caesar that began under George W. Bush.

Attorneys Glenn Greenwald and Jonathan Turley point out that Awlaki’s assassination terminated the Constitution’s restraint on the power of government. Now the US government not only can seize a US citizen and confine him in prison for the rest of his life without ever presenting evidence and obtaining a conviction, but also can have him shot down in the street or blown up by a drone.

Before some readers write to declare that Awlaki’s murder is no big deal because the US government has always had people murdered, keep in mind that CIA assassinations were of foreign opponents and were not publicly proclaimed events, much less a claim by the president to be above the law. Indeed, such assassinations were denied, not claimed as legitimate actions of the President of the United States.

The Ohio National Guardsmen who shot Kent State students as they protested the US invasion of Cambodia in 1970 made no claim to be carrying out an executive branch decision. Eight of the guardsmen were indicted by a grand jury. The guardsmen entered a self-defense plea. Most Americans were angry at war protestors and blamed the students. The judiciary got the message, and the criminal case was eventually dismissed. The civil case (wrongful death and injury) was settled for $675,000 and a statement of regret by the defendants.

The point isn’t that the government killed people. The point is that never prior to President Obama has a President asserted the power to murder citizens.

Regards,

Paul Craig Roberts

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Impeach Obama (and not for blowjobs)

(Update:
There is a serious impeach Obama Campaign underway here.  From what I can tell it is a serious movement, not about blowjobs at all.)
Obama is a terrible president.  I voted for him.  I am ashamed of that fact.  At that time I sincerely believed there was a difference between republicans and democrats.  The only good thing Obama has done on this earth as President is to open my eyes to the charade of the American two party political system.  He has not kept his oath to the constitution, and he was a constitutional law professor!  If we are going to impeach him (and we should), we should do it because he has broken his oath to the constitution by ordering the death of a fellow citizen (which is illegal and it won’t be too much longer before the president can assassinate non-terror suspect citizens.  Also, just calling someone a terrorist does not make him one, and the president does not have that power!) and skipping over the checks and balances system to start a war on his own, among other terrible things he has done.  We should not impeach him because of conspiracies or the blowjobs he did or did not receive.  The last time a president was impeached the process was turned into a national jerry springer show circus.  I believe this was done on purpose to make a mockery of the process.  However, if we can and have impeached presidents for silly things like blowjobs (what a precedent), then how can it be any harder to do it for breaking his oath to the constituton?!
 
I say we start the “Impeach Obama Campaign” right here on RevolutioNation.  Though we are not a large organization with any following at this point, someone needs to spread this message.  If we allow a president the precedent to assassinate his own people without calls for his removal of office, we are not doing our duty to our country or our constitution.  There are organizations who foolishly want to impeach him for silly reasons such as he is not a citizen and other such bullocks.  These people are just part of the distraction.  So ignore them.