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Friday, June 13, 2008

“Enemy Combatants” vs. A “Power Grab”

Everybody seems to be writing about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Gitmo prisoners. So I guess the Court was saying that you can’t just transfer a prisoner away from American soil, redefine him as an “enemy combatant” and — Presto! His legal rights have all disappeared.

Why should common people have legal protections anyway? What are they trying to hide? Some gang of moonbats in England started this whole “legal rights” business about nine hundred years ago, and liberals are still whining about it.

And apparently the Bush Supreme Court agrees. So then, this means that the legal protections that go back more than 200 years in America — and 900 years in England — are more important than convenience and brownie points for a useless incompetent president. Who knew?

The above-mentioned White House Mascot sure is pissed. “Murcans are scared shitless of Ay-rabs, and that’s how I like it. When they’re scared, they’re gullible and I can tell ‘em anything and they’ll believe it. Heh heh. And now some pointy-headed judge is whining about Haybee-iss Korpis or somethin’ We’ll abide by the court’s decision. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.”

Anyway, this sure is a popular subject right now. It’s fun to watch rightwing bloggers and pundits getting into a mass pantytwist.

Yahoo! News has an opinion column titled “An Inexplicable Power Grab.” That’s as good a description as any. The Worst President Ever wants to eavesdrop on all of us, he’s been trying to merge government and Christianity into one big happy police state, and whenever Congress passes a law that Bush isn’t 100% happy with, he castrates it with a “signing statement.”

If anything, “Power Grab” is an understatement. But it’ll do.

This “Power Grab” opinion column was written by Richard Samp of the Washington Legal Foundation. He’s saying that…hmmm…huh?…WTF??? No way! You’re not gonna believe this, but when this asshole says “power grab” he’s referring to the Supreme Court decision itself; and not Bush‘s Reign of Error. Ooooookay.

So, let’s get this straight now. Bush has spent the last seven and a half years transforming himself into an unaccountable powerdrunk wannabe dictator. And that’s just hunky dory. But when the Supreme Court tries to put just the teensiest little restraint on our spoiled megalomaniac, it’s a “power grab.” Who is this douchebag?

Oh. Check out some of these links and you’ll understand. The Washington Legal Foundation is another one of those rightwing organizations dedicated to government secrecy, squelching of individual rights, corporate unaccountability and other cherished conservative principles.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if the Supreme Court is really concerned about the Constitutional rights of the prisoners..

Or they finally realized our Government is a triad and they are part of it.

Erik

June 13, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Yeah, your second theory is probably more accurate. I'm surprised it's taken this long for a bunch of egotistical judges and legislators to suddenly realize "hey, I count too!"

June 13, 2008 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Ron Nasty said...

Of course John McSame has sided with the Bush administration on this-big surprise!

June 13, 2008 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ron: That figures. It's hard to believe McCain actually was a POW at one time. It seems he's forgotten a lot.

June 13, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Tom,
Greetings, I am still getting over my rip tide/storm experience. First, only 1% of all the "Detainees"(NOT POW's) are kept at Gitmo. There are over 30 US Ships on the high seas operating as prison ships carrying out torture to some unknown amount of the "Detainees". You can actually find some of the ship names through the freedom of information act. Just think about that cruise ya' always wanted to take! I have a post on this from a few days ago. The Attorney General says that since the "Detainees" aren't on US soil, no laws are being broken. Just think about how cheap it is disposing of those bodies! Not to mention OUR Govts. covert, but openly known torture camps in other countries(still sick; can't think of the country names). I have noticed that when an important story is covered in the MSM, it is to truly hide the full story. In this manner Six Pack Joe(useless eater to The Bush Cabal) can shut you down, when you try to tell them the full story. "JOE" would shut you down, call you a wacko because they already new from Bill-O!!! WTF???But, no there's more????
As far as McCain the POW, that is some interesting stuff. Most Vietnam vets hate his guts. His Daddy was the Commanding Admiral in Vietnam. There are reports that he was personally responsible for the fire aboard the USS Liberty. He "wet lit" his jet engines. Basically flooded them to create a usually harmless, but loud explosion; except from what I read the pilot that he was screwing with behind him dropped one of his bombs right there; Don't Believe look it up!! Remember Dad could get him out of a lot of Jam's. Also, after he was captured many of his fellow guests at the Hanoi Hilton Hated him, and said he was a collaborator; that he was giving sensitive flight info., and plane vulnerabilities to the NVA. The Shelling of North Vietnam stopped shortly after his capture because the rate of aircrafts being shot down rose over 60%!! Don't take my word; look it up. One easy fact to look up is Ole' McCain in front of several reporters calling his wife a C*nt!

Peace and Freedom!

June 14, 2008 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

What I think the right-wing, frothy-mouthed Zombies of Evil are missing is this: Even if the Constitution didn’t apply to these guys, the document is a good, fair, righteous document. Shouldn’t we as a country want to show that we can (and should) be as fair to others as we are to our own citizens? Call me crazy…

Besides, isn’t the Constitution representative of the type of government our country is so hell-bent on shoving down the collective throat of the rest of the world? Just a thought.

June 14, 2008 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Activist court! Activist court!

I have an alternate theory: Breyer, Stevens and Souter were drunk.

June 14, 2008 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: At this point I wouldn't put anything past Bush and his Gulag. When the Abu Ghraib torture scandal first leaked out 4 or 5 years ago, my first thought was "what else are they covering up." Rendering prisoners to other countries to be tortured, keeping them aboard a ship to be "interrogated" -- I don't think there's anything this crooked administration wouldn't stoop to.

Interesting information about McCain. I've seen other blogposts that had information like that. I sure hope the Democrats are smart enough to use this information in the election campaign this Fall. Probably not though.

I've never known that much about McCain, but it seems more and more like he's always been a total sleazebag; that his "maverick" and "straight talk" images have been total fabrications.

Good point about the MSM and how they "cover" a story by just barely touching on it (and usually with a rightwing spin on it). Then, if you mention it, the gullible wingnuts can say "yeah yeah, the liberal media already talked about that."

Carlos: My thoughts exactly. I don't give a fuck if there's some technicality ("they aren't on American soil" or whatever) that makes this "legal." America used to stand for something. Now we've pretty much mutated into just being a private army for global corporations.

Randal: Damn right! Those Activist Judges are going to ruin this great nation!

June 14, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

God Damn!! I think this blog is full of trouble makers! As I was told the other day; stay out of the US........YOU Comme. Bastard??? LOL!!! LMAO!!

June 14, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: Uh oh, we've been found out. Yes, this evil blog is working for the violent overthrow of the United States government. We will carry out Nikita Kruschev's promise from fifty years ago: "We will bury you!"

June 14, 2008 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

If these people don't want to be treated like terrorists, they shouldn't have been born in terroristland!

June 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Yup, you've got it. They're swarthy, they were born in the wrong place, they're the wrong religion -- what the hell are they whining about?

June 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Someone give me help.

I get forwarded from my mother, other family, or someone I know; Christian/Pentagon controlled forwards void of all facts. Simply start to forward lies! These emails are forwarded from friend to friend, to family, and so on...I do the stupid thing, and email facts back; since this particular email forward was Barack "The Jihad Candidate", and said the only hope for god and country is McCain. Everyone that it was forwarded to had their email addresses on the forward as though they are what makes the truth behind the lies. I emailed every single one of those people with the real truth followed with written researchable facts, and with hard written researchable facts that their forward facts were, and are wrong/incorrect!! I get my aol account basically shut down by these do good sheeple....over the truth. Now the dilemma who's spamming who? I send actual proof blind cover copy to each of the idiots on the forward that goes everywhere without a problem, yet I am the spammer....The real dillema is if you had the money, and time would you sue the group mass spam? That is what it actually is. What a fucking world! The fucking Gustapo

June 14, 2008 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Just remember that 4 SCOTUS members are wingtard scum. We either vote Obama, or we will need to learn the goose step.

June 14, 2008 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: Damn, that's chilling. Sounds like the Powers That Be have all sorts of ways to control the population, subtle and not-so-subtle.

The Russian government used to put political dissenters into mental institutions. They "reasoned" that anybody who didn't like their "workers' paradise" must be crazy and needed to be committed. I guess the modern American version of that is, any unwanted political viewpoint is "spam."

JR: Sounds like a pretty clear choice to me. Unfortunately, a large segment of our population would be happy to goose step as long as it served the purpose of fighting off treehuggers and the homosexual agenda.

June 14, 2008 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't Scalia or Thomas being on the court. They're such scumbags like Dick Cheney...arrogant bastards. Stevens is holding on for dear life at point hoping that a Democrat is elected so he can finally retire with a peace of mind. The SCOTUS has become so politicized it's disgusting. This is what happens when officials step all over the constitution and say screw the little guy. I'm not surprised that Samp is calling it a "power grab." People like Samp, O'Reilly and Scarborough are brainless hacks given an outlet to write and spew horseshit.


Jo

June 15, 2008 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Tom,

You are right; maybe we'll be using/sharing the same "institution" when our country goes that path more in the next few years. I've seen all the movies. We could learn code to beat on the pipes to talk, we could have pet mice that send messages to each other.....I guess the icky thing there would be since we would only if lucky have toilet paper to right on; we would need to right the letters to one another with urine!! God Bless the only hope for God and Country: Johne "Sparky" McCain

June 15, 2008 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jo: Good rant. Yeah, Scalia and Thompson and Roberts are pretty useless. A few years ago Dick Cheney and Scalia went on that hunting trip together (too bad Cheney didn't mistake Scalia for a bird), and right after that trip, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cheney's secret meetings with energy executives. If that isn't conflict of interest, we might as well just delete that phrase from the language.

American Hill Billy: I hope it doesn't come to that, but you never know. A few years ago Spin Magazine had an article about Hacktivism -- political activists hacking the computers of large corporations and government agencies. I could picture that kind of "war" in our future -- Homeland Security hackers vs. libertarian hackers, etc. Political battles might be won by the side that has better hackers. Who knows.

June 15, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

I'm with Erik on this. Did someone JUST FINALLY wave some smelling salts under the entire SCOTUS' noses and go, "Um, hey, y'all need to do your jobs and not just roll over for what these shaved monkeys in Brooks Brothers ties tell you to do"? Feh! I was glad to see the ruling, and it made me think: how outrageous was does an offense have to be so that the Bush Court would rule against it?!

June 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mile High Pixie: If smelling salts are the only remedy that'll wake up these comatose judges and legislators (of both parties), then break out the smelling salts. "shaved monkeys in Brooks Brothers ties" -- LOL; although it might be a little insulting to monkeys.

June 15, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

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