Lawmakers say 9/11 Civil Liberties panel has no power

Another good story from Raw Story. Its not directly related to what happened on 9/11, but it is certainly intertwined, as false flag attacks are carried out partly as an excuse to clamp down on civil liberties.

"Lawmakers from both parties are complaining about the powerlessness of the country's Civil Liberties Board, which was created in the wake of 9/11 upon the recommendation of the September 11 Commission, Congressional Quarterly is reporting.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has been receiving information months after it has appeared in mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times.

Democrats and Republicans have complained about the Bush administration's management of the Board and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced a bill to compel Bush to implement the 9/11 Commissions recommendations. The bill has received bipartisan support.

Excerpts from the Congressional Quarterly restricted access article follow:

A board set up to protect against civil liberties violations resulting from government anti-terrorism programs does not have enough power to do its job, Democratic and Republican lawmakers charged Wednesday.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a White House panel created after a recommendation by the independent Sept. 11 Commission, first received information about the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program last week and its bank monitoring program this week. The panel received the information 11 months after The New York Times disclosed the existence of the domestic spy program and five months after the newspaper revealed the bank monitoring program.


“What we have now is a board that only gets late briefings on issues we read about in the press months ago — and that’s only if the White House decides to throw it a bone,” said [Rep. Carolyn] Maloney [D-NY], who sponsored a bill (HR 1310) to enact Sept. 11 Commission recommendations that have not been implemented.

Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., a co-sponsor of Maloney’s bill, concurred with Maloney in a statement."

civil liberties?

Newt World Order
Bush and co paving the way for power mad freaks like Gingrich

Steve Watson
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Newt Gingrich's latest attack on the First Amendment is a revealing insight into the long term agenda of elite minds in America today. Those who would be successors to the Bush Administration are even more bent on power and dominance and they see absolutely no place for the freedoms America was founded on to continue to exist under their leadership.

At a dinner honouring the sanctity of the First Amendment this week, Newt Gingrich stood up and gave a talk about restricting freedom of speech.

Gingrich stated:

"My Prediction to you is that either before we lose a city or, if we are truly stupid, after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology that we can find to break up their capacity to use the internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us to stop them recruiting people before they get to reach out and convince young people to destroy their lives while destroying us."

"I want to suggest to you right now that we should empanelling people to look seriously at a level of supervision that we would never dream of if it were not for the scale of this threat. This is a serious long term war and it will lead us to want to know what is said in every suspect place in the country, it will lead to us to learn how to close down every website that is dangerous."

Keith Olbermann devoted a section of his Countdown program to Gingrich's abomination and commented "If you're going to destroy freedom of speech Bub, you've already lost all the cities.", whilst comparing the speech to the rhetoric of Nazi politicians in Germany in the 1930s.

George Washington University Law Professor and Constitutional Law Expert Jonathan Turley joined Olbermann and warned:

"This could actually happen, the first Amendment is an abstraction and when you put up against it the idea of incinerating millions of people, there will be millions of citizens that respond, like some Pavlovian response, and deliver up rights, we've already seen that. People don't seem to appreciate that you really can't save a constitution by destroying it."
This is not some crackpot peddling a nonsense idea that we should simply laugh off, this is the former speaker of the House who is also gearing up for a 2008 Presidential run. Turley continued:

"What you see here I think is the insatiable appetite that has developed amongst certain leaders for controlling American society. We saw that with John Ashcroft not long after 9/11 when he said that critics were aiding and abetting terrorists. There is this insatiable appetite that develops when you feed absolute power to people like Gingrich. And people should not assume that these are going to just be fringe candidates in this will never happen. Fear does amazing things to people and it can cause a sort of self mutilation in a democracy where we give up the very things, the very rights that define us and theoretically the very things that we are defending."
Turley kicks ass.

Newt lives up to his name

Newt lives up to his name yet again! Slimey mutha***. Are there no depths of double think this nasty piece of work will not sink?

The ignorant self-interested will of course nod safely to themselves about how we the "dangerous" must be managed not realising in the self-agrandisement that they are in the cross hairs of these unjustifiable actions as well!

It's enough to make you weep, or better still rise up and defend the codicils of RIGHTS!

Once again the wisdom of the founding fathers is demonstrated in their understanding of precisely these kinds of power-mongers. They may not have the title of King but they have the arrogance, megolomania and narcessism to embarass George V!

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