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President
Bush will no doubt have U.N. Ambassador John Bolton — once ensconced
— demand the Security Council endorse the implementation of his
Proliferation Security Initiative. That is, demand the Security
Council endorse the use of 1) economic sanctions, 2) interdiction
and seizure, and/or 3) pre-emptive military force against any and
all entities Bush judges to be “proliferators” of chemical, biological
and nuclear weapons [and of the means of delivering such weapons]
as well as to all entities “facilitating the procurement”
thereof.

Meanwhile,
Bush has issued a presidential directive “blocking” the transfer,
sale, withdrawal or export of “all property and interests in property”
of “proliferators” of “weapons of mass destruction and the means
of delivering them as well as that of their “supporters.”

What
property does the directive effectively seize?

All
properties “that are in the United States, that hereafter come within
the United States, or that are — or hereafter come — within the
possession or control of United States persons.”

Who
does Bush define to be a WMD “proliferator”?

(ii)
any foreign person determined by the secretary of state — in consultation
with the secretary of the treasury, the attorney general and other
relevant agencies — to have engaged [or attempted to engage] in
activities or transactions that have materially contributed to
[or pose a risk of materially contributing to] the proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery [including
missiles capable of delivering such weapons], including any efforts
to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer
or use such items, by any person or foreign country of “proliferation
concern.”

Great
Zot!

Condi
Rice can effectively seize the U.S. assets of any “foreign person”
she supposes may have attempted to engage in activities
she supposes may pose a risk of materially contributing
to the development of — among other things — a “wheat smut” production
capability?

Well,
what about “supporters” of WMD proliferation? Who are they?

(iii)
any person determined by the secretary of the treasury — in consultation
with the secretary of state, the attorney general and other relevant
agencies — to have provided [or attempted to provide] financial,
material, technological or other support for — or goods or services
in support of — any activity or transaction described in paragraph
(ii) of this section, or any person whose property and interests
in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

So,
Secretary Snow can effectively seize all the U.S. assets
of any person — foreign or domestic — he “determines” may
have attempted to provide financial support to any foreign
person that Condi has “determined” may have attempted
to engage in activities that might have contributed to the
development of a wheat smut production facility.

Can
you believe that?

In
other words, if Condi decides some Iranian is purchasing equipment
to brew wheat smut — rather than beer — and “blocks” all his U.S.
assets, including his line-of-credit, if you loan him the money
to buy the equipment, Snow can effectively seize all your
assets, too.

It
gets worse:

Any
transaction or dealing by a United States person or within the
United States in property or interests in property blocked pursuant
to this order is prohibited, including, but not limited to, (i)
the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or
services by, to, or for the benefit of, any person whose property
and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order,
and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds,
goods, or services from any such person.

Incredible!

You
can’t even give him — or accept from him — a lift to the airport!

Of
course, “person” — as defined in the directive — includes an “individual,
partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group,
subgroup or other organization.”

An
“annex” to the directive lists eight “persons” whose U.S. assets
have now been summarily “blocked.” Three are North Korean semi-government
companies, four are Iranian — including the Atomic Energy Agency
of Iran — and one is a Syrian government research agency.

Bush-Bolton-Rice
have made it very clear they believe that the Iranians are pursuing
a nuclear weapons program. But Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei
continues to report that his International Atomic Energy Agency
inspectors can find no "indication" that Iran has, ever
had, or intends to have a nuclear weapons program.

Hence,
Bush’s executive order, which threatens to effectively confiscate
all the U.S. assets of those “persons” — including European Union
companies and banks — that are still attempting to negotiate big
business deals with the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency.

July
6, 2005

Physicist
James Gordon Prather [send him mail]
has served as a policy-implementing official for national security-related technical
matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration,
the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department
of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security
affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. – ranking member of the Senate
Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations
Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in
New Mexico.

Gordon
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