Rights Disappearing Everywhere While US Clergy Can Only Beg Feds To Reconsider
In a recent article, “What Kind of People Have We Become?” by George Hunsinger, 225 religious leaders appealed to recently confirmed U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for him to renounce torture of political prisoners. Can you imagine that, in the United States of America in the 21st century, citizens have to beg a member of the government elite to stop torturing suspects? This would have been unthinkable even a decade ago, but is our Kakfkaesque reality today.
What these 225 religious leaders and most of their congregations won’t admit is that this problem is systemic, not just limited to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. The U. S. government has two jet aircraft in Washington, DC, a Gulfstream 5, registration (tail) number N379P and an anonymous-looking Boeing 737, registration number N313P, that are used to take suspects to countries where torture is allowed by their inhuman laws. These aircraft have been seen at various U. S. military bases worldwide.
The unmarked white 737 departs from Washington D.C. and has flown to 49 destinations outside America, including the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba and to Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Afghanistan, Libya and Uzbekistan, according to the London Times.
Apparently the use of torture is widespread by the U. S. government and human rights are being violated on a grand scale as evidenced by scores of covert flights of these two DC aircraft to third world countries devoid of civilized standards.
What is unknown is how many people are being quietly arrested by our new Secret Police, Homeland Security, under the unconstitutional USA PATRIOT Act. We know that one poor Parsippany, New Jersey man, David Banach, shined a laser-pen at a jet aircraft and "lied about it to federal agents" so is being charged under the PATRIOT Act and thus facing 25 YEARS in prison. He is in no sense a "terrorist" and even though the government promised that only "terrorists" would be prosecuted under the PATRIOT Act, you can see that they not only lied to the American public but have invented endless federal u2018laws' not authorized by the U.S. Constitution. The Secret Police are drunk with power and comport themselves as avenging angels against everyday people because there are no real terrorists to play with. In over three years there has been not one "terrorst act" in the USA, yet the government has spent billions and vastly increased its power to override human rights and dignity by inventing its greatest expansion ever in forming its Homeland Security secret police. Since its inception this new behemoth, like the Stasi in East Germany, has held endless meetings to get Americans to inform on each other.
So why would 225 clergymen be so nave to beg liars who have no regard for the U.S. Constitution or the Geneva Convention to stop their abuse of human rights? They are as out of touch with reality as the U.S government is out of touch with the Constitution, morals and honesty. They prosecute Martha Stewart and David Banach for "lying to federal agents" but lie to us each and every day. For over a century we Yankees have regarded politicians' promises to be the lies that they always are. Government lies to us morning, noon and night, but if one of us poor schmucks lies to them, we go to prison.
Every government employee, sycophant and media hack that supports federal tyranny should not receive letters begging them to change their ways, but pink slips. It's clear that Congress no longer represents the working families of America but only those that give them bribes. They have descended to whoredom, so why do we beg them to act morally?
How can any real American buy the idea that inalienable rights were extended by God only to us Americans? Yet we sit calmly by while senator after senator says just that in daily sound bytes. The Geneva Convention is "outmoded" and doesn’t apply to non-Americans, if we believe the likes of Alberto Gonzales. Non-citizens don’t qualify for Constitutional protections because we say so. This is because only the Constitution gives us our rights, not God, Whom we have kicked out of public life. Since politicians wrote the Constitution, only politicians may decide who, when and where any rights apply at all.
It's a shame that the 225 clergymen can only ineffectively raise a begging bowl to Big Brother rather than a middle finger. No wonder the churches are empty in this country; clergymen used to have the courage to ignite their congregations to action. Today they are too afraid to lose their tax-exempt status. The love of money is, indeed, the root of all evil; there is no "separation of church and state" in that regard.
All men, repeat, ALL mankind is endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights which are not conferred by governments, by documents, but by God alone. Why have so many of us forgotten that?
No one, no government, can take rights away, like the US government has ignored the human rights of "enemy combatants" in an undeclared war in countries we have no legal right to invade.
We claim to want to institute a "democracy" in Iraq, but ourselves no longer engage in democratic behavior. For example, by what right did we invade a foreign nation and kidnap and imprison its president, Manuel Noriega?
By what right did we invade Iraq recently? Our government lied to us, that Saddam Hussein was threatening us with "weapons of mass destruction." We eventually found that there were no such weapons, so why are we still in Iraq?
I lost several friends in Viet Nam. What did they die for? Is now wholly-communist Viet Nam better off today for their deaths? Are we better off or more secure in the US because over 40,000 teenagers died there?
How are we, repeat, WE, better off for every kid Marine or soldier that dies now daily in Iraq? Just HOW? Not one so-called "journalist" has the guts to ask that one in public. All they can do is gloss their chapped lips from kissing government derriere in love-fests called "press briefings." They are more disgusting than the creepy politicians. The Fourth Estate is indeed the last empty lot on the left.
The churches are no better than the gutless press. They are more into politics than spirituality. Like politicians they live well at the expense others, which is what all good socialists do.
So excuse me if most of us tired and disgusted workers don’t pay you churches and temples any more mind than the Democrats or Republicans. Until you galvanize your flocks to recall or impeach all those who participate in torture and increasing federal power over every aspect of our lives and removing all references to our Creator in public, you are dead in our eyes and in God's eyes. Let's see you write a self-validating, feel-good letter about that….
Clergy of America, stop talking and start WALKING.
January 12, 2005
Jack Duggan [send him mail] lives in Fort Apache (Hamilton, New Jersey, site of the anthrax mailings) with his family.