Archive for May, 2008

The Main Core wants YOU!

Posted in Amerika on May 31, 2008 by Darkman

Lists, lists, everywhere a list
Robbing our freedom, makin’ me pissed
Don’t do this, don’t do that
Are you on the list?

(With apologies to the Five Man Electrical Band)

In Radar Magazine via Information Clearing House, The Last Roundup:

In the spring of 2007, a retired senior official in the U.S. Justice Department sat before Congress and told a story so odd and ominous, it could have sprung from the pages of a pulp political thriller. It was about a principled bureaucrat struggling to protect his country from a highly classified program with sinister implications. Rife with high drama, it included a car chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., and a tense meeting at the White House, where the president’s henchmen made the bureaucrat so nervous that he demanded a neutral witness be present.

The bureaucrat was James Comey, John Ashcroft’s second-in-command at the Department of Justice during Bush’s first term. Comey had been a loyal political foot soldier of the Republican Party for many years. Yet in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he described how he had grown increasingly uneasy reviewing the Bush administration’s various domestic surveillance and spying programs. Much of his testimony centered on an operation so clandestine he wasn’t allowed to name it or even describe what it did. He did say, however, that he and Ashcroft had discussed the program in March 2004, trying to decide whether it was legal under federal statutes. Shortly before the certification deadline, Ashcroft fell ill with pancreatitis, making Comey acting attorney general, and Comey opted not to certify the program. When he communicated his decision to the White House, Bush’s men told him, in so many words, to take his concerns and stuff them in an undisclosed location.

Pro Libertate gives this a very thorough treatment that is far beyond my own meager skill as a rantsmith. Read the first link, then read the second.

And don’t get too comfortable. You could be on the list.

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Without charge, without lawyers, forever

Posted in Amerika on May 31, 2008 by Darkman

Does Constitution apply to enemy combatant on U.S. soil? – CNN.com:

To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president’s wartime powers, one that goes beyond warrantless wiretapping or monitoring banking transactions. Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a resident and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.

It may be that al-Marri was planning another terrorist attack, but that’s not the point. The point is that he has been imprisoned on such charges because the government says so. He has no access to a lawyer, habeas corpus does not apply (because the gov’t says so), and he will be held that way until they decide to do something else with him. The real question is: Does Constitution apply to anyone on U.S. soil?

I ask you, Republicans and Democrats, is this the kind of power you want a single individual to have? A single individual such as any of the current mainstream presidential candidates? Or the current president? Anyone?

via The Agitator

Voices in the Wind

Posted in Amerika, Police State on May 29, 2008 by Darkman

Syd Wheedon writes The Wind at Mt. Carmel:

I would like to say, “I don’t have a dog in this fight.” I’m no fan of renegade federal police units with murderous intentions, but on the other hand, I don’t care much for apocalyptic cults with kinky sex practices. I didn’t like the Clinton administration under which the attack occurred and I didn’t like the Bush administration before it, under which the action was initiated. I think Koresh was a sexual deviant with messianic delusions. There aren’t many good guys to be found in all of this, except perhaps the Texas Rangers. But, I do have a dog in this fight, and it’s the same dog that every American has. We have a right to be secure in our homes and personal effects. We have a right to worship as we see fit. We have a right to a fair trial. We have a right to not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. We have a right to live free of the mind control of self-appointed messiahs. It has been 15 years since the flames consumed Mt. Carmel and these things are still unsettled. We have a dog in this fight.

Yes, we all–even members of “crackpot” religions–have the right to a fair trial without summary execution delivered by a murderous regime.

I am a Texan. On that bloody, dark day, “Waco” ceased to be a mere city. It became the embodiment of a government that had gone too far, a government that no longer even deserved to exist–if it ever had.

And we still we go on, as if nothing ever happened. Except deep in the gut is the terrible wisdom that can be gained only by experience. That terrible wisdom that tells us Waco was only the first small battle in a war that will leave big city streets and quiet Texas bluebonnet fields equally spattered with blood.

This is not hyperbole. This is the shadow that stretches out from the encroaching darkness to touch us all. I dread, fear, and pray for the future.

via Xavier Thoughts

Lesser enough?

Posted in The Big "L", The Most Fundamental Right on May 28, 2008 by Darkman

Gunowners.org provides us a detailed history of Bob Barr and the Lautenberg Amendment. This abomination of a law bars anyone who has been arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence from possessing a firearm. So a state misdemeanor charge results in a federal punishment equal to a felony conviction. What is misdemeanor domestic violence? Shouting really loud, a push, or hairspray in the face. Pay attention to that link, ladies, because this works both ways. Women can be punished under this law as well, by an abusive husband who claims that you slapped him. Or sprayed hairspray in his face.

Bob Barr, who is now the official Libertarian Party candidate for President, was a big backer of this law. This is only one example of how Barr has made it his business to assault the cause of liberty. He is not a libertarian by any measure.

Conservative Republicans who are still trying to decide which lesser evil to vote for should think long and hard about supporting Barr. Is he lesser enough for you?

via The War On Guns

Alas, LP, we hardly knew ye (part 2)

Posted in The Big "L" on May 26, 2008 by Darkman

Classically Liberal: Libertarian Party 1972 – 2008: Rest in Peace.

It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of the Libertarian Party. It was only 36 years old — far too young to die. And while there is some dispute over whether the death was self-inflicted or murder, the death itself was tragic and sad.

Once billed as “The Party of Principle” those principles were sold down the river. On Sunday, May 25, 2008 the principles were abandoned, and the party was last seen gasping for air
before expiring.

In a campaign that has seen Americans agonizing over the “lesser” evil, the LP said to hell with it and went for the greater evil.

Soma, anyone?

via disinter

Alas, LP, we hardly knew ye.

Posted in The Big "L" on May 25, 2008 by Darkman

The LP Convention is over with a Barr/Root ticket. Pragmatism over principle everywhere I turn.

But then there was really no alternative.  A fake Libertarian or an utter lunatic–which way do you turn?

Yes, anyone who believes that children may make their own choices regarding “consensual” sex with adults is an utter lunatic–at best.

In the way he should not go

Posted in Quotes on May 24, 2008 by Darkman

Via FreedomSight and Ninth Stage:

Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been found that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. — Benjamin Disraeli

Or, as another wise man once said:

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. –Proverbs 22:6

Unfortunately, if you train up a child in the way he should not go, he will not depart from it, either.