Amidst all of the news about the collapsing economy, Obama’s Department of Justice yesterday released nine documents that contained Bush administration decrees with regard to government power.
Over the last eight years, we had a system in place where the American people believed that our laws were governed by the Constitution, and enacted by Congress. The truth, however, was that the Bush administration secretly vested itself with the power to ignore those public laws, to declare them invalid. The above memos, which were active until October of 2008 (and in a few cases early January of this year), set forth a series of secret laws that vested absolute power in the President.
The right to deploy military against targets within the US? Check.
Even if those targets are known to be US citizens? Check.
The Fourth Amendment (guarding against unreasonable searches and seizures)? Here’s a direct quite from one of the memos (“Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the U.S.”): “The Fourth Amendment does not apply to domestic military operations designed to deter and prevent terrorist attacks.”
The First Amendment (freedom of speech, and of the press)? Same memo, another quote: “First Amendment speech and press rights may be subordinated to the need to wage war successfully.”
There’s more, and it’s chilling. The Constitution was effectively suspended from late 2001 until January of this year — and this is just the stuff that they’ve released to the public. These memos formed the official policy of the American government — and this policy was kept secret from Congress (who were denied access to these very memos), and from the American people. We were governed by secret laws, people.
Back when this stuff was happening, those of us who were shouting to the rafters about the Bush power-grab were dismissed as “tin-foil-hat conspiracy theorists”, “Left-wing moonbats,” and “the Blame America First crowd.” Now, we’re being told that the only people who want the crimes investigated, exposed and prosecuted are nothing more than vengeful liberals looking to settle scores. Even Obama is saying that we “need to look forward, not backward.”
Bullshit. We had a dictatorship in this country for the better part of a decade. There needs to be accountability for this, otherwise it will happen again.