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Could Presidential Directive 54/ H.S. Directive 23, be a Setup for Future Dirt Gathering?

January 31, 2008


A friend and I were discussing an article gave me on P.D.54/Homland Security P.D. 23, and some of the possible uses the Executive branch could have for it. And he came up with two possibilities, one of which seemed very possible.

The first possible reason would save them from having to set up the next President like they did Bill Clinton, with Monica Lewinski. Although they could always fall back on that if they cannot retrieve any dirt.

The second possibility is the one I felt was the more likely of the two, and that is: to spy on all government activities after bush leaves, so they have all the info in this information war.. to continue to run their secret government and to anticipate government actions before they happen.

Another thing about these directives is, it gives the Government the right to spy on the average computer user in the name of National security.

During Bush’s presidency, US citizens have come under an unprecedented spying regime. In addition to upping its focus on suspected criminals, the administration permitted a system for wiretapping the phone calls of Average Joe and Jane. The government is also funding specialized computers from companies such as Cray that can search through enormous databases at incredible speed. Ah, if only Stalin could see us now.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Resident Bush after signing National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, Broke the law. Part of the Bill prohibits the government from building permanent structures to house US military with US taxpayers money. After signing the Bill Bush in usual underhanded way, quietly added Signing Statements to the Bill

“Provisions of the act. . . could inhibit the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations. . . to protect national security,”

Here is something that should call for the arrest of the Tyrant in office. This should also make you question why the Congress has not done anything to stop it.

Last November, Bush announced that he and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had signed a “Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship” that set the parameters for negotiating an “enduring” U.S. occupation of Iraq. The negotiations have drawn fire in part because the administration said it does not intend to designate the declaration as a “treaty,” and so will not submit it to Congress for approval. Bush’s attempt to waive the ban on permanent bases is seen as one more step in the direction of establishing a long-term U.S. presence in Iraq.

The next paragraph, tells of how if this is left as is this war will last foe a very long time.

“If Bush is allowed to negotiate a treaty with Iraq that binds the United States under international law, the next president will be handcuffed,” said John Isaacs, Executive Director of the Council for a Livable World. The Guardian notes that permanent bases “are broadly unpopular with Iraqis, who have voiced fears of an ongoing U.S. occupation.” Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), who has led the push to prevent permanent bases, explained that Bush’s statement is “sending a dangerous signal to the people of Iraq that the U.S. has a long-term interest in occupying their country, a move that will only enflame the insurgency.” Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) said that while administration officials frequently state that they do not intend to permanently occupy Iraq, “this signing statement issued by the President is the clearest signal yet that the Administration wants to hold this option in reserve.”/blockquote>

So for those of you that feel that a Presidents Signing Statements carry no weight, you need to rethink you position.


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