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  •  He has already acquired the very same powers... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that led to the storming of the Bastille. They are called lettres de chachet:

    In French history, lettres de cachet were letters signed by the king of France, countersigned by one of his ministers, and closed with the royal seal, or cachet. They contained orders directly from the king, often to enforce arbitrary actions and judgements that could not be appealed.

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    The best-known lettres de cachet, however, were penal, by which a subject was sentenced without trial and without an opportunity of defense to imprisonment in a state prison or an ordinary jail, confinement in a convent or a hospital, transportation to the colonies, or expulsion to another part of the realm. The wealthy sometimes bought such lettres to dispose of unwanted individuals.

    In this respect, the lettres de cachet were a prominent symbol of the abuses of the ancien régime monarchy, and as such were suppressed during the French Revolution.
    Source: Wikipedia

    People are imprisoned in Guantanamo and on behalf of the U.S. Government in secret prisons around the world on precisely this basis.

    The truth doesn't need a noise machine. It just needs people who will stand up for it.

    by expatjourno on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 12:07:06 PM PDT

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