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    ...Shrub claims the United States is engaged in a "global war on terror," he is using  his "commander-in-chief" "powers" as his carte blanche to be, for all intents and purposes, America's first dictator, accountable to no other man or institution.
    It's just a matter of time before he issues "executive decisions" that he will claim are "law" without any sort of Congeressional involvement.

    "Oh look, (Shrub). What is it? It's a TOASTER!" -- Carol Kane in "Scrooged"

    by Newton Snookers on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 08:30:27 AM PST

    •  That time was in 2001, 2002, 2003 ... (4.00)
      They are, as always, years ahead of you.

      "It's just a matter of time before he issues "executive decisions" that he will claim are "law" without any sort of Congeressional involvement."

      For example:

      Executive Order 13303, quietly promulgated by
      George W. Bush in May then buried deep in the verbiage of the Federal
      Register, where it was recently unearthed by Jim Vallette of the Institute for
      Policy Studies. Here, Bush's prettified public motives for war give way to the
      "bottom line" so beloved by the sordid corporate hacks and ideological
      extremists who seized Washington in the 2000 judicial coup.
       In the order, Bush proclaims that any legal action taken for any reason
      against any American corporation dealing in "Iraqi petroleum products" at
      any point in the process - from well-head to gas-pump to boardroom -
      "constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security" of
      the United States. In fact, the very possibility that one of Bush's oil pets might
      be held accountable for its actions while gorging on Iraqi crude is so terrifying
      that the Looter-in-Chief has declared a "national emergency" to deal with the
      situation. (A "national emergency" that he forgot to mention to, er, the
      nation.)
       The Bush edict grants a blanket immunity to all traffickers in Iraqi oil -
      as long as their moolah finds its way, by hook or crook, into the coffers of
      "United States persons or entities." Bush declares flatly that any "judicial
      process" launched against these protected entities "shall be deemed null and
      void." And how to guarantee that his partners and patrons won't be troubled
      by some rogue nation that still clings to the outmoded principle of law and
      order? Simple: one of the agencies authorized to "employ all powers"
      necessary "to carry out the purposes of this order" is our old friend, the
      Defense Department.

      (From here, now also available as a book.)

      BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

      by Yellow Canary on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 09:46:58 AM PST

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