July 26, 2007

Bush Continutiy of Government

The video below was passed to me with the following note:
Bush signs unconstitutional "power grab" presidential directives NSPD51 and HSPD20, giving him full-dictatorial powers in the event of a loosely defined "catastrophic emergency."

The directives define "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function."

It also states, "The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government." In other words, the president gave himself the sole power and duty to interpret the constitution anyway he chooses, and neither Congress nor the public shall be allowed to debate or disagree on such matters.

The deeper points of 1) the corporate media's failure and 2) this story being advanced by conservatives are interesting to me.

Clearly we need to regain control over the commercialized mass media. To do so, and to affect other deep social changes, the principled left and right will need to ally.

Bush Signs Unconstitutional Power Grab


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