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Concerned Citizen in Disney World

"It would all be a lot easier if this were a dictatorship. (heh- heh), Of course, I would have to be the dictator! (heh-heh-heh)"

President George W. Bush

Well, he isn't far from being a dictator. The first Amendment provides for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, yet the President 'feeds' (and pays) the press here and in Iraq with his own 'versions' of good news. Armstrong Williams got $250,000 of taxpayer money to sell (as news) the President's Social Security reform and 'No child left behind'. The 'Lincoln Group' is getting millions of our dollars to tell Iraqis how great our occupation is for them.

Now, our rights to question these actions are being watched by 'Big Brother'. The President, supported by his favorite puppet Condi Rice, and now Alberto Gonzales (US Attorney General), say it is okay for the CIA to spy on US citizens, without cause or due process, in order to protect our security.

I may be okay with spying on known, or suspected terror cells, in the US, but what is it that makes a group of US citizen Christians holding a peaceful meeting in a Quaker meeting hall in Mass, a threat to national security? We may never know but their 4th amendment rights, against illegal search and seizure, have certainly been taken away, as they are on the watch list.

I am going to Disneyworld, so I will see you after the holidays.

PEACE and Impeachment!

Live Vote: Should Bush be impeached?

Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment? * 6373 responses

88% Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.


3% No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."


8% No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching.


1% I don't know.

Spy court judge quits in protest

"Jurist worried that Bush order tainted work of secret panel

A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources. U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John D. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation."

MSNBC.com

Snoopgate

Bush "was so desperate to kill The New York Times' eavesdropping story, he summoned the paper's editor and publisher to the Oval Office. But it wasn't just out of concern about national security. Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power. President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate—he made it seem as if those who didn’t agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda—but it will not work. We’re seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War."

From Newsweek

Liar, Liar, Liar.

Outstanding Graphic of Bush and Blair - The Liars

Place Bush on a list with Pinnochio and Nixon. Pinnochio Bush lies to line the pockets of his puppetmasters.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

The Pretender in Chief tried to explain away his unconsitutional usurpation of power - "Legal experts, Democrats and some key Republicans on Capitol Hill were unpersuaded and questioned whether Bush has violated a law intended to prevent the government from spying on its citizens without court approval.

"'The president's dead wrong. It's not a close question. Federal law is clear,' said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University and a specialist in surveillance law. 'When the president admits that he violated federal law, that raises serious constitutional questions of high crimes and misdemeanors.'"

Jeb Bush President 2008?

Warrantless surveillance

"President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to spy on people in the United States without first gaining court approval.

A Times Editorial
Published December 18, 2005

President Bush apparently believes that fighting terrorism justifies any action he chooses, no matter how extralegal. But the United States is a nation of laws, and the president is constrained by them, too. That is why Bush's unilateral authorization granting the National Security Agency the power to wiretap American citizens and others in the United States without a warrant is so dangerously ill-conceived and contrary to this nation's guiding principles."

Bush the Domestic Spy

Hope Springs Eternal

"I hope the pain and suffering borne by the families and loved ones of the more than 2,000 American troops lost in Iraq are somewhat eased by Bush's acknowledgement of responsibility.

I hope Americans here at home who were dependent on health care and other programs that were scaled back or cut because of funding needed for the war are somewhat eased by Bush's acknowledgement of responsibility.

I hope the Iraq elections are successful so we can get out and President Bush can hold his head high in victory and make the history books.

I hope 2008 gets here before we know it!"

J. K. Kenneth City, Florida

Patriot Act is Outta Here?

Senate rejects reauthorization of Patriot Act - U.S. Security - MSNBC.com: "Patriot Act's critics got a boost Friday from a New York Times report saying Bush authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the international phone calls and international e-mails of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States. Previously, the (National Security Agency) NSA typically limited its domestic surveillance to foreign embassies and missions and obtained court orders for such investigations. "

Bush Authorized Spying Multiple Times

More Abuse of Power - What a Shocker!

"Questions surround Bush, spying - President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the phone calls and e-mails of perhaps thousands of Americans. Senior intelligence officer says President personally gave NSA permission

NEW YORK - President Bush has personally authorized a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States more than three dozen times since October 2001, a senior intelligence official said Friday night.

The disclosure follows angry demands by lawmakers earlier in the day for a congressional inquiry into whether the monitoring by the highly secretive National Security Agency violated civil liberties.

“There is no doubt that this is inappropriate,” declared Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He promised hearings early next year.

Bush on Friday refused to discuss whether he had authorized such domestic spying without obtaining warrants from a court, saying that to comment would tie his hands in fighting terrorists."

MSNBC.COM

Pentagon to review database

Under pressure, Pentagon to review database

Agency announces ‘thorough’ review of domestic intelligence operations

WASHINGTON - Thursday, Pentagon officials admitted that some of the information on anti-war protesters included in a secret Pentagon database "should never have been on the list in the first place." A Defense Department spokesman also announced a "thorough review" of domestic intelligence operations and refresher classes on how to properly collect and store intelligence, especially involving U.S. citizens.

Pentagon Now Spying on Americans!

Secret database obtained by NBC News tracks ‘suspicious’ domestic groups

By Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit

"WASHINGTON - A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.“This peaceful, educationally oriented group being a threat is incredible,” says Evy Grachow, a member of the Florida group called The Truth Project.

Still, the DOD database includes at least 20 references to U.S. citizens or U.S. persons. Other documents obtained by NBC News show that the Defense Department is clearly increasing its domestic monitoring activities. One DOD briefing document stamped “secret” concludes: “[W]e have noted increased communication and encouragement between protest groups using the [I]nternet,” but no “significant connection” between incidents, such as “reoccurring instigators at protests” or 'vehicle descriptions.'"

Pentagon Guidelines for Spying on U.S. Citizens

Jeb Bush for President in 2008

Protesters Killed by Police

BEIJING (Reuters) - "China has confirmed that police shot dead three protesters "in alarm" during an attack last week on a wind power plant, and a newspaper said on Sunday the official who ordered the shooting had been detained.

Human rights group Amnesty International said it was the first time Chinese police had fired on protesters since the crushing of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989.Estimates from residents and rights groups put the number of dead between two and as many as 20.

Villagers said riot police opened fire on Tuesday on protesters in the village of Dongzhoukeng in southern Guangdong province after they moved in to quell demonstrations over lack of compensation for land lost to the wind power plant."