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HANNITY SUCKS ASS - August 8, 2006

Mark Stark of Calling All Wingnuts was identifed as the sign holder.

Above parody book covers courtesy of Here in Reality


Hear the Issues Media Spin


Hannity falsely suggested Coulter never "suggested that Bill Clinton should die"

Hannity criticized media, Bush administration for not "paying attention to" Santorum and Hoekstra's discredited WMD claims

Limbaugh, Hannity continued to attack Murtha based on inaccurate Sun-Sentinel report

Hannity falsely claimed that Santorum gained 12 points on opponent over past three months

Hannity falsely claimed Bush, Blair said Iraqi troops will take full control in 18 months

Despite Fox News' confirmation of the story, Hannity and Swift Boat Vets' O'Neill attacked Murtha for reporting on Haditha incident

Hannity misleadingly claimed unemployment "lower than the '70s, '80s, and '90s"

Hannity failed to ask Katherine Harris about favor done for indicted defense contractor

Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Neill distorted Kerry's criticism of U.S. tactics

Hannity quoted Pelosi out of context, falsely suggesting she changed her position on the Iraq war

Hannity again falsely claimed that Reagan's tax cuts "doubled revenue"

Hannity falsely referred to Republican resolution as the "Murtha amendment"

Hannity, Coulter "don't believe" that Tillman liked Noam Chomsky, opposed Iraq war; Tillman's mother disagrees

Hannity to guest: "I don't care about your thoughts" on Iraq veterans protesting the war

Hannity falsely claimed Reagan tax cuts "doubled revenues ... from $500 billion to over $1 trillion"

Hannity, Coulter falsely suggested Ariz. paper dropped Coulter's column to "keep conservatives out"

Hannity blamed "anti-war left" for protest at soldier's funeral actually organized by anti-gay church

Hannity: "Some say" Robertson advocated Chavez's assassination; "some" includes the videotape and Robertson

Hannity promoting "disgusting" book that even O'Reilly has criticized - Hannity has "pledged that stopping Hillary Clinton from becoming president of the United States would be a major focus of his program"

Hannity debated Rosie O'Donnell on Abu Ghraib abuse: no torture or rape, just "underwear on the head of one" prisoner

Krauthammer, Hannity downplayed Guantnamo prisoner abuse

Hypocrisy & Colmes: Hannity refused to condemn Santorum's Hitler comments


The Hidden Upside to the End of Constitutional Protections

We have been dismayed by the parlor game going on in the halls of power, true enough. An anti-torture bill designed to codify torture; the acceptance and legalization of domestic espionage without court order or demonstrable cause; the removal of habeas corpus, one of those petty legal terms that the entire arc of American law relies upon. The Republican Party decided that their election-year strategy, this September, would be to take boxcutters to the Constitution, and they found just enough accomplices to do it.

But there are upsides, here. And the primary upside is that, after being a movement dominated by the terror of government ready to go amok, people who carried the Bill of Rights on cards in their wallets and stockpiled guns with the belief that only guns would save them, the conservative and far-right movements have finally given us the precise legal tools to remove the far-right from the national landscape. Forever.

Before Osama bin Laden, there was the American citizen and terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who drove a truck full of explosives to the front of a government building and detonated it, as an act of terrorism against the United States. Before the Cole bombing, there was an organized series of mail bombings against judges, bombings of abortion clinics, assassinations of abortion doctors, conducted by those affiliated with Operation Rescue and an assortment of domestic terrorist organizations. Weaponized anthrax, sent to news outlets and liberal politicians. The Atlanta Olympics were attacked by terrorists as well, a shrapnel-laced explosive detonated in the crowded Olympic village in order to cause as many deaths as possible. Even if al Qaeda had not existed, the unholy wraith of terrorism against Americans, on American soil, still would be a compounding and urgent problem. And all of those acts were perpetrated by Americans, and specifically by the American far-right.

These acts of conservative terrorism have been all but forgotten, after bin Laden's crimes. But they are domestic terrorism, and were explicitly intended as such, and of the sort that these new Republican, conservative laws are precisely aimed at taking on.

The advantage of these new laws in these new times is, bluntly, that normal rules of evidence no longer apply, and that those charged with aiding terrorism need not be granted a trial; no actual crime need be alleged; no evidence need be presented against them; nobody else is required to be even informed of their imprisonment; there is no appeal. If the President of the United States determines them to be affiliated with terrorism -- and it does not matter if that President is Republican or Democrat -- the judgment is final. All that is required to strip an American citizen of their Constitutional rights, strip them of their citizenship itself, and declare them an enemy combatant in the fight against terrorism is the say-so of the President. That's it.

So if we are dejected, today, that Americans no longer are protected by the Constitution, cheer up just a bit. Because from now on, American terrorists and their conservative supporters aren't protected by the Constitution either. It has been changed, in this time of war, according to their own new laws -- and that means that at the first point in which the Republicans lose power, these same new laws can be used to imprison those that all reasonable men agree are terrorists, and their supporters, and those giving them assistance and comfort.

The entire far-right conservative movement is tied, in no more than two or three degrees of separation, to U.S. terrorist Timothy McVeigh. His roots and his support were based in the conservative militia movement, a collection of far-right groups and organizations, many of them white supremacist in nature or affiliated with the even more noxious Christian Identity movement. Many of these groups stockpile guns and ammunition in the direct belief that those guns will be required against the U.S. government, and in places like Ruby Ridge and Waco, have brought those weapons to bear. They are proven terrorists; this much is indisputable. Under the new laws, future Attorneys General will be able to mark these individuals as enemy combatants, and no further Constitutional protections will apply. Janet Reno will be marked as the last Attorney General to have had to deal with terrorism unequipped with the new laws designed to strip such figures of their citizenship and trial rights.

A mere presidential finding, now, is now sufficient to determine which men among these conservative militia groups are the terrorist leaders, and which are the followers, and which are supporters. The acts of Timothy McVeigh were praised by many, on the right. Those men are themselves terrorists; arrest them. The men supporting the militia movements through word and deed; they, too are terrorists. Arrest them as well. Then there are merely the abettors. The Timothy McVeighs of the movement are supported by figures such as right-wing radio hosts Hal Turner; Turner himself is a right-wing racist figure who rose to fame because of the support and endorsement of his "good friend", Sean Hannity. The links between Sean Hannity and the dozens of militia members who have shaken his hand, repeatedly, are more than enough to prove complicity.

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