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.