Are the Hitler Parallels Too Close for Comfort?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:04:30 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

John W. Whitehead at - on Bushnev's "Enabling Act." [lew]

Americans are being lulled to sleep by the government's constant warning that terror and destruction lurk around the corner. Color-coded terrorism threat levels and reports of alleged terrorism plots are constantly paraded before us. Indeed, since 9/11, the American people have been kept in a state of constant fear and expectation of yet another terrorist attack or, more subtly, another Katrina. Thus, while the recent spate of directives giving the U.S. president broad powers to supposedly ensure America's safety and security from terrorism and natural disaster should serve as a warning, they have caused barely a ripple among the media or the masses.

President Bush has assured us that he will do whatever it takes to keep America safe, and Americans have blindly trusted him. How did he reward that trust? First, he claimed the authority to permanently imprison American citizens alleged to be so-called "enemy combatants." Then he asserted his right to order government intelligence agencies to not only spy on America's enemies but also on Americans. Now he has quietly and unobtrusively granted himself the power to take control of the government in the event of a vaguely defined national emergency. has the text of the referenced "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive".

Mr. Whitehead's article about Section 1076 of H.R. 5122, the "John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007", which authorizes "use of the armed forces in major public emergencies", is entitled The Late, Great American Nation.

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