George 'Big Brother' Bush?
Jim Grichar (aka Exx-Gman)
the current war on terror including the war on Iraq
George Bush has arguably acted more and more like Big Brother,
the omniscient dictator in George Orwell’s 1984.
Now that Bush has declared that the major combat operations against
Iraq are over, he appears to be turning his sights towards enhanced
domestic spying, one of the major elements of police states.
as Orwell’s Big Brother claimed to be protecting his citizens
from evil overseas countries, Bush babbles about how he is protecting
U.S. citizens from all the nasty guys around the world who hate
the U.S. because it is good.
how does Bush go about protecting us, other than attacking other
countries? Why he selectively suspends the right of habeas corpus
that is, to know what charges one is being held for
without the approval through legislation by the Congress, and he
uses the military to do some of this. With the USA Patriot Act,
Bush has gotten Congressional approval unconstitutional in
this writer’s view to conduct what are normally illegal
i.e., warrantless searches and has made it easier for the
FBI and other so-called federal law enforcement agencies to gather
information on American citizens, regardless of whether or not the
feds have legitimate probable cause to do so.
can now be made the subject of an investigation without having committed
Bush and his minions reportedly want to make these unconstitutional
provisions of the USA Patriot Act permanent. One of the provisions
in either the Patriotic Act II bill or some other bill would give
the federal government the authority to strip a person of his U.S.
citizenship if the person were found to be in violation of the anti-terrorism
Organs of State Security"
even considering the above laws and proposed legislation, the Bush
Administration has not gotten all that it wants in this area, and
so it is trying to go even further in its drive to acquire police
months ago, the Bush Administration tried to start what is called
the "Total Information Awareness" program in the Pentagon,
a plan to set up a massive data base with files on all American
citizens. Being managed by Ronald Reagan’s former National Security
Adviser of Iran-Contra infamy John Poindexter out of the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), this program drew enough
flak from the Congress so that it was circumscribed in budget legislation.
to be stymied, the Bush Administration has come back like the Eveready
Energizer bunny, now stealthily proposing to give the Central Intelligence
Agency and the Pentagon read the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA),
DARPA, and the National Security Agency (NSA) the authority to
demand personal and financial records on people in the United States
as part of foreign intelligence and terrorism operations.
to a May 2 report in the New
York Times, the surprise proposal which was beaten
back was tucked into a broader intelligence authorization
bill. It would have given the CIA and the military the authority
to "...issue administrative subpoenas known as "national
security letters" requiring Internet providers, credit
card companies, libraries and a range of other organizations to
produce materials like phone records, bank transactions and e-mail
logs. That authority now rests with the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
and the subpoenas do not require court approval."
not for one minute delude yourself into thinking that the Administration
will stop trying to get this type of police state power and that
such a plan would not work. One Republican Senator, Pat Roberts
of Kansas, now wants to hold hearings on this proposal. Contrary
to what some might believe, running this program would not take
a lot of paperwork. The various components of the U.S. intelligence
community definitely have the capability to pull this off.
is one possible frightening scenario, which could easily take place.
With the NSA’s capability to intercept communications of all sorts and few real enemies to apply that capability to Fort Meade
(the location of NSA’s headquarters in Maryland) would turn its
"Big Ears" loose on domestic targets. CIA would help fill
in any gaps in coverage and would then be able to use John Poindexter’s
fancy data base software system to collate and analyze tons of information.
Big Brother would truly have arrived.
way or another, it appears that the Bush Administration wants the
capability to spy on all people in this country. The breadth of
proposed domestic spying initiatives and the persistence with which
the Administration pursues them is both awesome and frightening.
the Administration has apparently allied itself with intelligence
community bureaucrats. As with all bureaucrats, those at CIA and
the Pentagon just want to cover their tails and immunize themselves
against prosecution for domestic spying. Thus, they have apparently
convinced Bush and his minions to transform the U.S. intelligence
community and FBI into an American equivalent of the former Soviet
KGB the Committee for State Security.
Bush and his buddies will claim that they are only protecting America,
in fact they are putting into place all the elements needed to turn
the CIA, the NSA, DIA, DARPA and FBI into what the Russians used
to fearfully refer to as "the Organs of State Security."
George become Big Brother or will his successor?
Bush Administration’s selective suspension of habeas corpus, treading
upon other civil liberties, the USA Patriot Act, and the other proposals
discussed above are all sufficient to transform this nation into
a police state. While Congress may think that the Bush Administration
would not use such powers against its political enemies or the public
in general, on principle the public should never allow any president
or administration to have such awesome authority. The fact that
such power exists means it will eventually be used by a tyrant a Big Brother to secure dictatorial rule of this nation.
been students of history, our founding fathers knew that and must
now be turning in their graves. If these police state powers are
not repealed and new expanded powers are granted by the Congress,
then those citizens who in the past have died to secure the liberties
of U.S. citizens will have died in vain.
certainly owe it to those who died for us and to ourselves and to
future citizens to stop this new police state legislation, to abolish
the USA Patriot Act, and to stop the Bush Administration’s other
abuses of civil liberties being conducted in the war on terrorism.
If enough of us contact our Congressmen and tell them we oppose
these police state monstrosities, they, too, will oppose such laws.
After all, they want to stay in office, and nothing frightens Congressmen
more than getting lots of letters and phone calls opposing what
they are doing.
Grichar (aka Exx-Gman) [send
him mail], formerly an economist with the federal government,
writes to "un-spin" the federal government's attempt to con the
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