As you watch armed troops and a coterie of cops from all over the country patrol the debris and carrion strewn streets of New Orleans, keeping reporters at bay, controlling the flow of information, walking passed dead bodies inexplicably, and assuming the responsibility of evicting those residents who are intent upon remaining, contrast the image of this police state with the news that U.S. President George W. Bush has the power to detain Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been held in a South Carolina military brig for more than three years as a suspected enemy combatant without any charges, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
This article also states,
"The exceedingly important question before us is whether the president of the United States possesses the authority to detain militarily a citizen of this country who is closely associated with al Qaeda," wrote appeals court Judge J. Michael Luttig for the three-judge panel.
"We conclude that the president does possess such authority," wrote Luttig, a conservative whom the Bush administration has been considering for a possible Supreme Court nomination.
We are slipping into totalitarianism, being ruled by fear and fascism, and being propagandized by expert, self-delusional prevaricators. Better writers than me will keep you apprised of these facts, dangers, and imperative calls to action before we reach the tipping point. Among those who will provide truth to be told are:
among many others. If you value the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, please follow these threads; information is the only power you have.