John Simkin Posted December 29, 2005 Author Share Posted December 29, 2005 Keith Gottschalk argues that Bush claims Congress gave him authorizing the use of military force after the 9/11 attacks which authorized the President “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks ... ” He adds: Further, Bush said: “My personal opinion is, it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war. The fact that we're discussing this program is helping the enemy.” and: “I think I've got the authority to move forward,” he said, adding: “It's legal to make the decisions I'm making ... An open debate about law would say to the enemy, 'Here's what we're going to do.'” So let me get this straight. The President of the United States decides its okay to wiretap Americans within the United States without a warrant or any other oversight because of a “war” he created, attacking a country that did nothing to harm the United States and now claims he has Constitutional authority to commit a Federal crime? And still a third of Americans see nothing wrong with this because they've been brainwashed into believing that if the President isn't given the powers of a dictator the mullahs will be marching down Main Street? This point is important to grasp as it mirrors what has happened before in history. For example, on 27th February, 1933 the German Reichstag caught fire. When they police arrived they found Marinus van der Lubbe on the premises. After being tortured by the Gestapo he confessed to starting the Reichstag Fire. However he denied that he was part of a Communist conspiracy. Hermann Goering refused to believe him and he ordered the arrest of several leaders of the German Communist Party (KPD). When Hitler heard the news about the fire he gave orders that all leaders of the German Communist Party should "be hanged that very night." Paul von Hindenburg vetoed this decision but did agree that Hitler should take "dictatorial powers". KPD candidates in the election were arrested and Hermann Goering announced that the Nazi Party planned "to exterminate" German communists. On 23rd March, 1933, the German Reichstag passed the Enabling Bill. This law gave Hitler what he wanted - a ban on the Communists and Socialists taking part in future election campaigns. On 7th April 1933, Nazi officials were put in charge of all local government in the provinces. On May 2nd 1933, trades unions were abolished, their funds taken and their leaders put in prison. On July 14th 1933, a law was passed making it illegal to form a new political party. It also made the Nazi Party the only legal political party in Germany. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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