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  •  They can destroy documentation but they can't (16+ / 0-)

    silence all who have witnessed the authorization and practice of waterboarding.

    •  Our only hope (8+ / 0-)

      Witnesses given sufficient protection that they will feel free to tell their stories without fear of being "disappeared."

      Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. ~ Lily Tomlin

      by vigilant meerkat on Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 01:05:06 PM PST

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    •  But these new Presidential Directives... (6+ / 0-)

      ...give Bush dictatorial powers in the event of another 9/11-style terrorist attack on American soil:
      National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive
      [These directives have already been exhaustively studied, verified, and diaried here on Dkos and on other trusted internet blogs by too many other trusted and prolific writers to mention. Google it yourself!]

      NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51

      HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/HSPD-20

      Subject: National Continuity Policy

      snipets
      [...]

      "The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government".

      And the "lucky" co-dictator will be:
      [...]

      "In order to advise and assist the President in that function, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (APHS/CT) is hereby designated as the National Continuity Coordinator".

      And the Congress is completely out of the loop, thereby effectively and for all practical purposes "burning the Reichstag"[Congress], only he can blame it on the terrorists, not the communists:

      "The National Continuity Coordinator, in coordination with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), without exercising directive authority, shall coordinate the development and implementation of continuity policy for executive departments and agencies".

      Looks like a job for Michael Chertoff:

      'The Continuity Policy Coordination Committee (CPCC), chaired by a Senior Director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, shall be the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination".

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

      "Great men do not commit murder. Great nations do not start wars". William Jennings Bryan

      by ImpeachKingBushII on Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 01:12:36 PM PST

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      •  Whither Congress?? (6+ / 0-)

        Followed the link, and sure 'nuff, the word Congress does not appear. All powers to the executive. Scary.

        As I like to ask on other forums, "Please enumerate regimes that have granted themselves such powers and did not eventually use them." No replies to date.

        "Question authority and the authorities will question you." Now more than ever!
        I remember when all of America was a free speech zone.

        by armadillo on Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 05:20:00 PM PST

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        •  Like you, people seem too scared to rec'd. or... (3+ / 0-)
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          farleftcoast, armadillo, Fallon

          ...to even comment these days, but it really doesn't matter about what the blogs say, because the word is already on the street(for months now actually)that something big's going down. They're not as smart as they think they are, and we're not as stupid as they want us to be. I know why they passed the H.R. 1955. [H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007]. It wasn't for the al-Qaeda terrorists that attacked us and we're at war with. If so, then why all of the Halliburton internment camps and secret prisons built since 2006? Why all of the warrantless wiretapping and surveillance? Why does Bush need a personal Praetorian guard, or Schutzstaffel SS[Blackwater Worldwide] mercenary army which operates above the law? Why are they so afraid of us?

          "Great men do not commit murder. Great nations do not start wars". William Jennings Bryan

          by ImpeachKingBushII on Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 06:19:06 PM PST

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          •  Why are they so afraid of us? (3+ / 0-)

            Because we are Americans and value liberty and freedom, and we have a record of defending such. The other guys are weakling authoritarians who need the rich and powerful to make their decisions for them instead of making their own decisions in the voting booth.

            That about it?

            "Question authority and the authorities will question you." Now more than ever!
            I remember when all of America was a free speech zone.

            by armadillo on Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 12:07:58 PM PST

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