Bush Was a Dictator for 7 Years

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Glenn Greenwald's shocking report on the newly-released Yoo Memos may be his most important post to date. Here is a snip:

The essence of this document was to declare that George Bush had the authority (a) to deploy the U.S. military inside the U.S., (b) directed at foreign nationals and U.S. citizens alike; (c) unconstrained by any Constitutional limits, including those of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments.  It was nothing less than an explicit decree that, when it comes to Presidential power, the Bill of Rights was suspended, even on U.S. soil and as applied to U.S. citizens.  And it wasn't only a decree that existed in theory; this secret proclamation that the Fourth Amendment was inapplicable to what the document calls "domestic military operations" was, among other things, the basis on which Bush ordered the NSA, an arm of the U.S. military, to turn inwards and begin spying -- in secret and with no oversight -- on the electronic communications (telephone calls and emails) of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.

Please read the whole post.

Throughout the 8 long years of the Bush Administration, Democrats.com was more critical of Bush's dictatorial actions than any other blog. We led grassroots protests against the Stolen Election of 2000. We organized the first protest against the invasion of Iraq outside the U.N. on 9/12/02. We called for impeachment immediately after the Downing Street Memos were published on 5/1/05, proving the Bush Administration deliberately lied about pre-war intelligence.

Yet even I am shocked by the Yoo Memos. Yoo simply decided that terrorist attacks inside the U.S. were military acts. And since the President is Commander-in-Chief of the military, he could take the full range of military actions inside the U.S. to fight anyone he deemed to be a terrorist or in any way connected to a possible terrorist. According to Yoo, Bush could wiretap, torture, and bomb anyone Bush suspected of being a terrorist - without any legal constraints.

If that doesn't shock you, you have no capacity for being shocked.

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It was exactly to fight this

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It was exactly to fight this that you and I and others did the Democrats.com newsletter all those years, exposing everything we could about what Bush was doing in this regard. And then later we had our "Dictatorship Is Easier" blog to likewise keep daily track of Bush-Cheney's designs. If Bush said a "dictatorship would be easier" in public three times, including right after their theft of the 2000 election -- I'd like to hear more about what he was saying privately. Will brave whistleblowers come forward? What will Congressional investigations reveal?

Three years ago I drafted

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Three years ago I drafted this pledge in reaction to the mail, etc I would receive from Bush supporters -- to call them on what I knew they really wanted for this country. The tone of it is tongue-in-cheek, but it isn't wholly sarcastic. I think it is an accurate portrayal of what most of Bush's supporters would have aided and abetted. And now with the release of these memos, it's becoming more clear that it shows what Bush-Cheney wanted - and the power they really had.

I'm sure

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we'll be hearing from some very interesting whistleblowers like Russell Tice of the NSA, whose story was first reported by our very own David Swanson.

Thanks

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I first reported on Adrienne Kinne and David Murphy Faulk but did not report first or last on Tice. I still think it's an important story though :-)

Author of the upcoming book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" by Seven Stories Press.

Bush on the Constitution: "It's just a g-damned piece of paper."

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Remember that quote that Capitol Hill Blue reported as being from sources in the White House? Bush said it allegedly in reaction to being warned that he was violating the Constitution over an action he wanted to take. After I posted that, I was criticized in a thread at the Daily Kos, for using "Capitol Hill Blue" as a source. Well, now with these memos -- the veracity of that quote being true has been advanced. Still, that was from anonymous sources. Again, I hope that there will be whistleblowers that will tell us if they were there when he said such things.

We see this and read these things that Bush did

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and then listen to Rush, Hannity, Beck and the other right wing nuts throwing their vitriol out there about how Pres. Obama is a socialist and is going to destroy our country. How he is shredding our Constitution...

Looks to me like it is a little late for that.. Their hero Bush already did. And they helped him. And never said a word for 8 years.

Now, Pres. Obama is trying to clean up some of the crap that Bush has left and trying to put the Constitution back together and they are obstructing him in everything he does.

Makes a lot of sense doesn't it.