Saturday, June 02, 2007

the right to dissent

Anyway as things get worse here's a little film with music:
We're Not Living in America by The Sound Provided By:greshh at YouTube

Dwight D. Eisenhower exit speech on Jan.17,1961.
Warning us of the military industrial complex From: RobUniv

But militarization & the expansion of the United States Empire continues as the basic principles of democracy are being undercut by the Bush Regime with the support of the Republicans & the Democrats & others with a vested interest in the " status-quo "--Hilary Clinton seems no more interested in changing the system as it stands than is George W. Bush or his " true Believers "...
Habeas Corpus has been thrown out by Bush & Alberto Gonzales & further an individual in the United States or elsewhere can be picked up off of the street kidnapped " black bagged " or renditioned to a secret location & be tortured & have no right to know what he or she is charged with & what evidence there is & once arrested in this fashion the individual has no right to have an attorney or to contact family or friends as they disappear into the dark dungeons of the New & improved Inquisition

From the George Clooney film " Good Night & Good Luck " Edward R.Murrow speaks about Senator Joseph McCarthy & freedom of speech & freedom of association :

From: hollywoodpatriot
"A riveting speech given by David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow from the George Clooney film, 'Good Night, And Good Luck'."

*** definition " habeas corpus " : habeas corpus

Lat. "you have the body" Prisoners often seek release by filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody. A habeas corpus petition is a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another's detention or imprisonment. The petition must show that the court ordering the detention or imprisonment made a legal or factual error. Habeas corpus petitions are usually filed by persons serving prison sentences. In family law, a parent who has been denied custody of his child by a trial court may file a habeas corpus petition. Also, a party may file a habeas corpus petition if a judge declares her in contempt of court and jails or threatens to jail her.

In Brown v. Vasquez, 952 F.2d 1164, 1166 (9th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 112 S.Ct. 1778 (1992), the court observed that the Supreme Court has "recognized the fact that`[t]he writ of habeas corpus is the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.' Harris v. Nelson, 394 U.S. 286, 290-91 (1969). " Therefore, the writ must be "administered with the initiative and flexibility essential to insure that miscarriages of justice within its reach are surfaced and corrected." Harris, 394 U.S. at 291.

The writ of habeas corpus serves as an important check on the manner in which state courts pay respect to federal constitutional rights. The writ is "the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action." Harris v. Nelson, 394 U.S. 286, 290-91 (1969). Because the habeas process delays the finality of a criminal case, however, the Supreme Court in recent years has attempted to police the writ to ensure that the costs of the process do not exceed its manifest benefits. In McCleskey the Court raised barriers against successive and abusive petitions. The Court raised these barriers based on significant concerns about delay, cost, prejudice to the prosecution, frustration of the sovereign power of the States, and the "heavy burden" federal collateral litigation places on "scarce federal judicial resources," a burden that "threatens the capacity of the system to resolve primary disputes." McCleskey, 499 U.S. at 467.

To the Bush administration & his lackeys such legal niceties are to them just a nuisance & are to be ignored whenever they believe these trivial legal niceties are just getting in the way. If you watch a lot of clips of Gonzales & Condoleeza Rice or Cheney or even Bush just note how they chortle & smile- as if they were being asked a silly question by a child -whenever they are asked about the legality of whatever new policy they are implementing .

Anyway here is an item from Keith Olbermann on the importance of "Habeas Corpus":

Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's COUTDOWN discussing the elimination of Habeas Corpus & the creation of an UBER-PRESIDENT.

From: cmdrgmh
...Today 10-17-06, President (King) Bush signed a bill that officially dissolved the United States Constitution. This law takes away The Writ of Habeas Corpus that allows for the right to have an attorney and the knowledge of crimes a person being charged with. Also unlawful detention. They hide this within the Detainee Combatant Bill. It allows the President to declare ANYONE, ANYWHERE AN ENEMY COMBATANT, THIS INCLUDES U.S. CITIZENS, FOR ANY REASON ANYTIME. People. WAKE UP!!!! We have LOST OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!!!!! TODAY 10-17-06, The Day The U.S. Bill Of Rights Died. RIP

Take care,

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