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  •  Well, one right, anyway... (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm not forgetting that there has been no repeal of AUMF, Patriot Act, MCA '06, MCA '09, FISA fiasco '08, or 'office of faith-based initiatives.'

    Keith Olbermann on the Bill of Right! -American's one right

    Keith Olbermann: October 17, 2006

    Keith Olbermann: "Today, 135 years to the day after the last American President (Ulysses S. Grant) suspended habeas corpus, President Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. At its worst, the legislation allows President Bush or Donald Rumsfeld to declare anyone — US citizen or not — an enemy combatant, lock them up and throw away the key without a chance to prove their innocence in a court of law. In other words, every thing the Founding Fathers fought the British empire to free themselves of was reversed and nullified with the stroke of a pen, all under the guise of the War on Terror."

    Jonathan Turley: "People have no idea how significant this is. Really a time of shame this is for the American system.—The strange thing is that we have become sort of constitutional couch potatoes. The Congress just gave the President despotic powers and you could hear the yawn across the country as people turned to Dancing With the Stars. It's otherworldly..People clearly don't realize what a fundamental change it is about who we are as a country. What happened today changed us. And I'm not too sure we're gonna change back anytime soon."

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 04:46:54 PM PST

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    •  repeal? Hell they've been expanded (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for posting that btw, it deserves to be in a lot of diaries.(not snark)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:13:44 PM PST

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      •  :'( Expanded, I know... :'( (2+ / 0-)

        I could weep in frustration about the illegal and unconstitutional things that have been done without our consent.  It's like taxation without representation, but this time it's laws taking our rights away without our consent, and done by our elected representatives, no less.  Don't they realize they're giving up their own rights at the same time?

        When the Senate was 'debating' MCA '06 I was glued to C-SPAN that day, and Leahy and Kennedy brought me to tears arguing against passing the law, and in favor of an amendment that did not take away habeas corpus.  The amendment did not pass, and later that idiotic law passed.  Adding insult to injury was MCA '09 passed under Obama.

        Suggestion: go to the links in the titles of the videos, put them in your Favorites files, and when I'm not around post them (in appropriate diaries about our lost rights and where our lost rights are talked about).  Ditto the Bill Moyers Journal episode for 13 June 2007 where John Nichols talks about that little metaphorical cherry wood box adding and taking away presidential powers.  That was positively prescient.  (The third section of the video for that day was the commentary and does not pertain to the first two sections of the episode.)

        I agree, we need to remember the rights we do not have now, even if we/they act like we still have them.  People forget those illegal and unconstitutional laws have never been repealed, and we should be screaming at out Congress Critters to give us back our rights.

        I'm no longer sure we'll get habeas corpus and/or our unalienable rights back during my lifetime (I'm old).  I want to be wrong in thinking that hunch.  [Oh, please, please, please let me be wrong!]

        {{{Thanks for the thumb's up, aliasalias!}}}

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:34:42 PM PST

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        •  I posted them both on FB just to give perspective (1+ / 0-)
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          for those that may not be noticing how quickly we are losing rights that weren't easy to get in the first place, how slow people are in realizing it and what it can mean to them and everyone else.
          What's even worse is that in fact we do not know how much we have lost, just ask members of Congress like Sen. Wyden who said the American people would be shocked to know how the Patriot Act is being interpreted by the Obama administration. I think it's safe to guess it isn't in the direction of something good, also because if so it would've been paraded around the media (Lily Ledbetter!).

           Imagine in 2008 Obama saying he supported a CPI for Soc. Security (along with raising the age requirement), the privatization of education (Charter Schools),that he would have a secret Kill List, use indefinite detention,sign off on Drone bombings of weddings, funerals, first responders (and the evil 'double tap' hits which ARE a war crime) ,claim he can kill anyone anywhere for reason that can only be known to him and a few (unelected) people, not only renew but expand the Patriot Act,appoint John Brennan-Bernanke-Geither-Summers etc.,appoint Wall Street people and CEO execs (even as Staff), a 'NAFTA on steroids' negotiated in private (and set for fast track in Congress) and...just too damn many things to list.

          What makes it worse is support from the so-called 'left' many of which screamed about things Bush did but are silent (or worse with loud support) about it when it's Obama doing either the same things or even worse, for example Bush stuck people in GITMO ,Obama just has them blown up (along with others).
           Like the reality of Climate change deniers very few will be exempt from the results of all this and it reminds me of the 60's saying about 'you're either part of the solution or you are part of the problem'.

          There are a lot of bread and circuses out there but as things get worse, and they will because they can't get better by doing the wrong things, people won't be able to afford the distractions which means things are gonna get even worse in the mix between the people and law enforcement. People will literally have nothing left to lose.

          Welcome to the Shock Doctrine....with a smile.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:09:39 PM PST

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          •  And I noticed Meteor Blades'... (1+ / 0-)
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            ... open diary where the headline is about Holder's statement regarding bankers too big to jail.

            Gee, thanks, Bill Clinton, for removing all regulations for banks with the 1999 signing of Gramm-Leach-Bliley which repealed Glass-Steagall and its regulations....  [Not!]

            I do hope the realization of what we have lost hits someone soon so someone with cooler heads can start repealing all the bad legislation passed during the Bushista years (and added to in the Obama years).

            I fear too many are too concerned with Reality TV to pay attention.

            It's just incredibly sad, sad, sad....

            ;'(

            I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

            by NonnyO on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:27:05 AM PST

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