Get out while you can...
(Cross-posted on my Jacob's Blog and my Move The UN Blog.)
Yesterday was a dark day in the US, not only for any foreigner living in that country but also for every free-thinking American who loves his freedom and the US Constitution.
The US Constitution was shredded by the US Senate and the compliant Democrats in that house rolled over and let it happen.
Am I personally upset about what happened - well, NO.
Then why should I waste my valuable time and my valuable space writing about it.
The reason is that I have many many relatives and friends in the US who are now no more free to say or do what they want.
The Bill which passed the Senate today with a vote of 34 against and 65 for, which included 12 Democrat Senators (Joe Liebermann / Bill Nelsons type Democrats) voting for the Bill allows the US Adminstration to torture if "King George" wants to. Also, the right to "habeas corpus" (habeas corpus is the name of a legal instrument or writ by means of which detainees can seek release from unlawful imprisonment), something that has stood the test of time for 800 years, was yesterday thrown to the winds, NOT JUST for aliens in the US but for every American as well.
The Bill provides for the fascist state to hold a person in communicado till his status as an enemy combatant is determined, the fact that one is an US citizen could take 2, no, maybe 5, no, maybe 10 years, to be determined!
What was surprising that the Senate Democrats could not even mount a filibuster against what was probably the worst legislation to ever pass the House and Senate!
As was written by Taylor Marsh on today's Huffungton Post Vote Pro-Torture Republicans in '06! about one of the amendments in this Bill:
The legislation before the Senate today would ban torture, but let Bush define it; would allow the president to imprison indefinitely anyone he decides falls under a wide-ranging new definition of unlawful combatant; would suspend the Great Writ of habeas corpus; would immunize retroactively those who may have engaged in torture. And that's just for starters.
It's a red-letter day for the country. It's also a telling day for our political system.
So if you are in the US and you are an alien or married to an alien be sure you know that when you answer that knock on the door and you are carted away to oblivion - there is none in the world (not even Amnesty International) that can do anything for you!!
If I were you I would ask your company to be returned NOW back to your country of origin. Do your work safely out of there.
If the US wants your services, then let it be in a situation where you live within the rule of law, not the rule of an idiotic fascist dictator who believes that God talks to him as he wields his Imperial Power.
This is from an article `Road map is a life saver for us,' PM Abbas tells Hamas by Arnon Regular on Haaertz.com
.....Abbas said that at Aqaba, Bush promised to speak with Sharon about the siege on Arafat. He said nobody can speak to or pressure Sharon except the Americans.
According to Abbas, immediately thereafter Bush said: "God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."
Such a man belongs in a mental institution!
The US has now become one. So stay out of it is my advice to you.
So till you get to safety, may my God look after you!
If you care to ignore this warning - then do not complain at a later day, and remember these words during your very likely unending incarceration.