What about the 911 P.A.T.R.I.O.T. ACT?!!! White House Tells Musharraf: Never ‘Restrict Constitutional Freedoms’ To Fight Terror

White House Tells Musharraf: Never ‘Restrict Constitutional Freedoms’ To Fight Terrorism

Think Progress
Tuesday November 6, 2007


During today’s White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino condemned Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s declaration of “emergency rule” in Pakistan. She said that the administration is “deeply disappointed” by the measure, which suspends the country’s constitution, and believes it is never “reasonable” to “restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism”:

Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?

MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.

Watch it:

The Bush administration never suspended the U.S. Constitution; instead, it interpreted the document so broadly as to provide all the powers they desired. A look at some of the ways the White House has overstepped its constitutional powers in the name of national security:

First Amendment: In September, a federal judge ruled that the FBI’s use of secret “national security letters” to obtain citizens’ personal data from private companies for counterterrorism investigations “violate[d] the First Amendment and constitutional provisions on the separation of powers.”

First Amendment, Fourth Amendment: In Aug. 2006, a federal district court in Detroit ruled that the Bush administration’ss NSA warrantless wiretapping program was unconstitutional, violating the “separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III.”

Article I: Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June, then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales attempted to justify the administration’s detainee policy by claiming, “There is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution.” (Article I, Section 9, Clause 2 of the Contitution reads: “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”)

Article II: In June, House investigators revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney had exempted his office from an executive order order designed to safeguard classified national security information by claiming that he was not an “entity within the executive branch.” (Read the duties of the Vice President, outlined in Article II of the Constitution HERE.)

Musharraf also complained of “judicial activism” to justify his declaration of emergency rule. Despite Perino’s comments, Musharraf seems to have taken a page from the White House playbook.

Orwellian again

simply condemn precisely what it is you are doing (controlling the media is important in this process) . There are so many examples of Bush engaging in condeming precisely what he is doing. Although I called it Orwellian, I search a glossary of Orwellian terms and could find a precise analog ... perhaps someone knows the correct term.

"There are none so hoplessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." (Goethe)

Sorta reverse projection.

Wiki's take on Doublespeak:

Doublespeak is most reminiscent of Orwell's "newspeak" when it is used by a government agency to cover up something unpleasant. The government may find the need to talk about something that has negative connotations to large portions of the public, and avoids backlash by replacing the term with a new one that most people will not recognize as the same thing. Thus "area denial munitions" means "landmines", "physical persuasion" and "tough questioning" mean "torture", "operational exhaustion" means "shell shock", and "detainment of enemy combatants" means "Prisoners of War". Weapons of mass destruction, though they certainly kill massive numbers of living things, in fact are meant to do so causing minimal destruction. Others include the changing of the UK War Office to the Ministry of Defence and of the United States Department of War to the Department of Defense.

Doublespeak was very common in the Third Reich. Goebbels' Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (Ministry of the Reich for Public Education and Propaganda) coined thousands of new German words. Other examples include "concentration camp" (labor/death camp, or "joycamp" in Newspeak), "protective custody" (imprisonment without due process of law), "Heim ins Reich" (occupation of Austria), particular new meanings for "Volk" (people) and "Rasse" (race), and verschärfte vernehmung which referred to interrogation techniques others described as torture.

Speaking with a forked tongue

There's another formulation.

Hypocrisy. : )

Hypocrisy. : )

Another good example:

The bullying powers introduce the most criminal persons as the "men of peace" while they introduce the most peace-seeking people and the most oppressed people as the "war-mongers", Ahmadinejad said citing Palestine as the best example of his saying.

Wow! I almost laughed

But couldn't quite bring myself to do it.

It kind of got caught in my gullet and came out as a strangled weepy sort of thing.

Probably lucky for me or it might have started out as a chortle that quickly degraded into a too-long insane laughter sort of thing.

But I'm feeling much better now.

Senior 9/11 Bureau Chief, Analyst, Correspondent, Principle Investigator, Forensic 9/11ologist

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. — Abraham Lincoln

Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny. — Robert Heinlein

President George W. Bush was

President George W. Bush was given the dubious honor of receiving the Doublespeak Award from the National Council of Teachers of English Committee on Public Doublespeak back in 2003. The award is an ironic “tribute” to American public figures who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or SELF-CONTRADICTORY. People accepting two opposing positions at the same time has become the norm for an individuals thinking process. The average Joe cannot comprehend doublespeak. It also imposes a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them.
E.g. Bush, A Master of Orwellian Doublespeak. In the grand scheme of things....THE RISE OF THE FOURTH REICH ;)

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