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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 11:58 AM
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From Buzzflash: Top 10 'Conspiracy Theories' about George W. Bush
9. President Bush is Trampling the Constitution and Turning America into a Dictatorship
Just how much of a threat? In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Bush installed a shadow government and restricted access to presidential records. Posse Comitatus, the law forbidding the military from being used to police US citizens, is on its last legs, -- and a new provision in the Patriot Act will create a federal police force with unprecedented power. A former Bush White House insider has described "decision-making one would associate more with a dictatorship than a democracy," and the Supreme Court is poised to further tilt the balance of powers towards the executive branch. Need more proof that the idea of "representative government" is an illusion? Since 9/11:

* US citizens have been detained for years without formal charges or trial.
* The president's "signing statements" have neutered bills passed by Congress - expanding presidential authority through a "unitary executive" doctrine.
* Bush has declared that he, as "commander in chief," can ignore the Geneva Conventions and laws such as the McCain amendment prohibiting torture.
* The Justice Department has concluded that there are "no limits" to the president's war-making authority.
* News of secret prisons and secret laws have come to the fore.
* The Pentagon has spied on groups that disagree with Mr. Bush's policies, including dangerous militants such as the Quakers.
* The F.B.I. has spied on the Catholic Worker's Group, Greenpeace and PETA.
* The Bush administration has ordered the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without oversight -- and did so even before Sept. 11.

Before his death in 1989, All the King's Men author Robert Penn Warren predicted that the day might come when an America president would possess too much power. "Well, it'll probably be someone you least expect under circumstances nobody foresaw," he said. "And, of course, it'll come with a standing ovation from Congress."

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samhsarah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 12:10 PM
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1. Not conspiracy theories anymore.
Edited on Tue Feb-07-06 12:12 PM by samhsarah
None of it. And anyone who still claims that they are "conspiracy theories" or that many of us are crazed "tin foil hatters" are the ones who need to check their head. "Wake up and smell the fascism, people" just about says it.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 12:14 PM
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2. Read the article
It's basically saying that these "conspiracy theories" are theories in the scientific sense of providing a coherent explanation of what's going on.
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samhsarah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 12:24 PM
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3. Oh I know what they meant....
Edited on Tue Feb-07-06 12:27 PM by samhsarah
I didn't mean that the article was referring to these "conspiracy theories" as some kind of crazy moonbat theories. I was referring to the people out there, who, despite what this article says and despite what they can see with their own eyes every day with this government coup that has happened here, still will refer to some of us as "conspiracy theorists". Truth seekers, yes.....Conspiracy theorists? No. So much of this stuff has come to be true that it's almost ridiculous for it to have to be called a conspiracy theory anymore.
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 01:38 PM
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4. Bush started restricting access to Pres. records BEFORE 9-11!
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:09 PM
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5. Part 2

1. Bringing Osama bin Laden "to Justice" Was Never the Objective of the War on Terror.

"The White House has always seemed less compelled to capture Osama than to use him as a pretext for invading Iraq and as a political selling point. Karl Rove, coming out of his 'please don't indict me' crouch, tried to chase away the taint of the Abramoff scandal with a new round of terror-mongering for 2006: 'We need a commander in chief and a Congress who understand the nature of the threat and the gravity of this moment. President Bush and the Republican Party do. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for many Democrats.'"
-- Maureen Dowd, the New York Times, Jan. 21, 2006

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not
that important. It's not our priority."
-- President George W. Bush, March 13, 2002

Remember after Sept. 11? When President Bush promised to catch Osama bin Laden "dead or alive?" Or how about when he promised that Osama and his cohorts could run, but that they could not hide? Oh, sure, we've captured and "killed" Osama's head honchos a few times now (just how many lives does Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have anyway?) But it seems that reports of their deaths have often been greatly exaggerated.
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