Shrub’s Stealth

I’m with the handsome and intelligent Prometheus 6: Dubya Bush is one “sneaky bastich.” A couple of weeks ago, the Terrorist-in-Chief — in secret — has affixed his John Hancock to numerous parts of PATRIOT Act II:

On December 13, when U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush not only celebrated with his national security team, but also pulled out his pen and signed into law a bill that grants the FBI sweeping new powers. A White House spokesperson explained the curious timing of the signing – on a Saturday – as “the President signs bills seven days a week.” But the last time Bush signed a bill into law on a Saturday happened more than a year ago – on a spending bill that the President needed to sign, to prevent shuttng down the federal government the following Monday.

By signing the bill on the day of Hussein’s capture, Bush effectively consigned a dramatic expansion of the USA Patriot Act to a mere footnote. Consequently, while most Americans watched as Hussein was probed for head lice, few were aware that the FBI had just obtained the power to probe their financial records, even if the feds don’t suspect their involvement in crime or terrorism.

Read and weep.

The lovely and brilliant Al Muhajabah quotes a press release that reports Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is taking steps to repeal Shrub’s affront to decency.

“If we allow this Administration to continue this trend of expanding governmental powers at the expense of our civil rights our very democracy is at stake,” stated Kucinich. “Today, I join with over 229 communities in 35 states that represent over 29 million citizens, that have passed resolutions opposed to the law, in standing up to this abuse of power.” [One such community being Toledo, Ohio…]

“It is now clear the administration’s strategy is to pass PATRIOT II in separate pieces with little public debate, in secret, and surreptitiously attached to other legislation,” continued Kucinich. “This is far from an appropriate or democratic way to handle issues that affect the fundamental liberties and freedoms of Americans.”

Indeed. I can not for the life of me understand why Kucinich — a truly progressive presidential candidate, unlike Dean or Clark or Kerry, is considered “unelectable.” This is one of those moments where I am convinced that America can not be saved, and in fact, does not deserve rescue. We will continue our efforts, nonetheless…

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