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An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.
-- Adolf Hitler, proposing the creation of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
-- Harry S. Truman
Department of Homeland Security
The Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) was the main division of the Nazi SS, and the parent organization of the Gestapo. The German word "Reich" is untranslatable, but you couldn't come closer in contemporary English than the emotionally-laden Bush-era term "homeland." "Sicherheit" is always translated as "security," and "Hauptamt" literally means "main office," which could be reasonably translated as "department."
When the Iron Curtain fell, all of the West rejoiced that the East would become just as free as the West. It was never supposed to be the other way around.
-- Rick Falkvinge, founder and the leader of Swedish Pirate Party
They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither
-- Ben Franklin
In 1967 Jim Garrison concluded that "In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society."(Garrison led the sole prosecution of one of the perpetrators of the JFK assassination - his book "On the Trail of the Assassins" was depicted in the Oliver Stone film "JFK.")
YELLOW ALERT -- ELEVATED DANGER OF FASCISM
General Tommy Franks (war criminal who led Bush's Iraq invasion) stated in November 2003 that the US will suspend the Constitution and impose martial law if there's another "terrorist" attack. Considering the mountains of evidence that 9/11 was allowed to happen and given technical assistance to make sure that it happened, it is plausible that the Bush regime will stage another phony incident as a pretext to suspend what remnants of democracy we still have (or at least scare us with the threat up until Election Day). Publicizing the best evidence of 9/11 complicity (while being careful to avoid disinformation claims used as bait to discredit) is perhaps the most important antidote to this fear campaign and the best issue for "regime change."
George W. Bush was not joking when he stated, immediately after the Supreme Court sElection in 2000, "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told CBS News on December 22, 2003 "If we simply go to red [alert] ... it basically shuts down the country." This would transform the United States into a military dictatorship under "Emergency" administration.
In the new totalitarian system, people can say whatever they like, and it makes absolutely no difference.
Nicolas Buchele, Arab News Staff
Homeland Security: When The Phoenix Comes Home To Roost
By Douglas Valentine, © May 2003
"The greatest danger facing America today is the secret political warfare program the Bush Regime has hidden within its Homeland Security apparatus."
Published on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 by Capitol Hill Blue
Welcome to the American Gestapo
by Doug Thompson
Homeland Security Act: The Rise of the American Police State
by Jennifer Van Bergen
t r u t h o u t Report
"It is far more dangerous and threatening to our few remaining civil liberties than he appears willing to suggest," writes Professor E. Nathaniel Gates of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law about William Safire's recent article on the Homeland Security Act. "I had the rather grim and unfortunate duty of reviewing the legislation to which Safire refers in some detail," says Gates. 
The Act, sponsored by Representative Dick Armey (R-TX) (whom the ACLU just astonishingly recruited as a consultant), and criticized by nearly every source on the internet, nonetheless passed the House 299-121. Why? Was it the continuing fear of terrorism?
I do not think so.
Although Bush apparently did not seriously consider the Homeland Security Act (HSA) provisions until after the attacks, its provisions were, like those of the USA PATRIOT Act, in the works long before September 11.
The Act, furthermore, promotes the creation of what one senator once called "a global security system" controlled by the United States, not to mention a budding police state in America. This agenda falls neatly in line with the plan for American global dominance endorsed by Cheney, Wolfowitz, Powell, and Rumsfeld.
Finally, the Homeland Security Act was structured on the recommendations of a special commission that was closely connected to, if not derived from, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which one author notes "has had its hand in every major twentieth century conflict."
Homeland Security, the Hart-Rudman Commission,
and the Council on Foreign Relations 
"[T]he proposal for a Homeland Security Department originated in 1998 with the launching of the so-called Hart-Rudman Commission," officially called the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, according to William F. Jasper. 
The report issued by the Hart-Rudman Commission ("the Commission"), "Road Map for National Security: Imperative for Change," is dated January 31, 2001.
The "Executive Summary"  of the Commission Report ("the Summary") declares: "In the new era, sharp distinctions between `foreign' and `domestic' no longer apply." The Commission does "not equate security with `defense.'" However, they "do believe in the centrality of strategy, and of seizing opportunities as well as confronting dangers."
"The risk," says the Summary, "is not only death and destruction but also a demoralization that could undermine U.S. global leadership." (Emphasis added.)
The Commission recommended "the creation of a new independent National Homeland Security Agency (NHSA) with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating various U.S. government activities involved in homeland security. NHSA would be built upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with the three organizations currently on the front line of border security -- the Coast Guard, the Customs Service, and the Border Patrol -- transferred to it. NHSA would not only protect American lives, but also assume responsibility for overseeing the protection of the nation's critical infrastructure, including information technology."
This is indeed the basic blueprint of the Homeland Security Act.
Of the "twelve" Hart-Rudman commissioners, Jasper writes, nine were members of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR or "the Council"), which Jasper calls "the semi-secret, private organization that serves as the most visible element of the Internationalist Power Elite."
According to the CFR, the bipartisan 14-member panel was put together in 1998 by then-President Bill Clinton and then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga), to make strategic recommendations on how the United States could ensure its security in the 21st century.
HOMELAND PROCONSUL GIVEN RIGHT TO IGNORE LAW
[From a law making its way through Congress, February 2005]
SEC. 102. WAIVER OF LAWS NECESSARY FOR IMPROVEMENT OF BARRIERS AT
Section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1103 note) is amended to read as
(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and
shall waive, all laws such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole
discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of
the barriers and roads under this section.
(2) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW- Notwithstanding any other provision of law
(statutory or nonstatutory), no court shall have jurisdiction--
(A) to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or
any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to
paragraph (1); or
(B) to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any
other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or
|"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms
of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists,
for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give
ammunition to America's enemies..."
-- John Ashcroft
War Means Rights May Be Scaled BackWednesday March 19, 2003
The government has room to scale back individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday.
``The Constitution just sets minimums,'' Scalia said after a speech at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland. ``Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.''
Scalia, one of the court's most conservative judges, was responding to a question about the Justice Department's pursuit of terrorism suspects and whether their rights are being violated.
Scalia did not discuss what rights he believed are constitutionally protected, but said that in wartime, one can expect ``the protections will be ratcheted right down to the constitutional minimum. I won't let it go beyond the constitutional minimum.''
Martial law amendment proposed for U.S. Constitution
by Frank Davies, The Miami Herald
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Constitution must be amended to ensure the continuity of government if Congress is wiped out in a terrorist attack, a blue-ribbon bipartisan commission will recommend today...
''...In the event of a disaster that debilitated Congress, the vacuum could be filled by unilateral executive action -- perhaps a benign form of martial law,'' the commission found. "The country might get by, but at a terrible cost to our democratic institutions.''
Comprehensive Homeland Security Act of 2003
Title: A bill to enhance homeland security and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen Daschle, Thomas A. [SD]
It Amends the Public Health Service Act to instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to implement the National Smallpox Vaccination Program.
Establishes in the Treasury an Information Technology Fund to provide expenditures for information technology and related services for Federal agencies.
Instructs the Secretary of State to implement a program to secure, consolidate, or eliminate, radiological and nuclear materials and waste located outside the United States that are determined to present a potential threat.
Intelligence Community Leadership Act of 2003 - Amends the National Security Act of 1947 to establish an Office of the Director of National Intelligence to assist the Director of National Intelligence.
Confers responsibility upon the Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (Department of Homeland Security) for consolidating law enforcement information with assessments and warnings relating to foreign intelligence from the Director of Central Intelligence's Counterterrorist Center.
Providing Reliable Officers, Technology, Education, Community Prosecutors, and Training in Our Neighborhoods Act of 2003, or "PROTECTION Act" - Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize financial and technical assistance to designated law enforcement programs, including religiously-affiliated organizations and rural law enforcement programs.
This bill essentially sets up a Federally-funded Nationwide Police Force, answerable only to the Federal Government.
'Demzilla' and 'Voter Vault'
Are Watching You
by Miles Benson, Newhouse News Service
WASHINGTON -- You have two new big brothers and both are watching you closely.
The Democratic National Committee boasts electronic files on 158 million Americans. The Republican National Committee says it's way ahead, with files on 165 million.
National party computers today keep track of where you live, your phone number and e-mail address, whether you vote, your willingness or refusal to make political contributions, your interests, ethnic background, reading habits and church attendance. Some files contain hints about your sexual preferences, whether own a gun, and your views on abortion and other issues.
The Democrats call their system " Demzilla ." Republicans call theirs " Voter Vault ." Advocates of privacy call it Orwellian.
Civil liberties activists, who used to worry mostly about the FBI, the CIA and lately the Department of Homeland Security snooping into citizens' private lives, now see the political parties as a threat -- and not just to privacy, but to the democratic process.
Unbound by the constraints that often apply to law enforcement agencies, the parties are segmenting citizens into psychographic databases according to individual attitudes, behaviors and beliefs -- all the better to target them for communications by mail, phone or direct contact to extract money and votes.
www.prospect.org/print/V12/20/halperin-m.html Less Secure, Less Free
www.nightslantern.ca/essay.htm State Terrorism
www.talkpath.com/boyle/ Bush's coup against the constitution
www.freep.com/news/nw/terror2001/quar7_20011107.htm biowar quarantine
www.msnbc.com/news/648339.asp?cp1=1#BODY?cp1=1 Watergate conspirator John Dean denounces attack on civil liberties
"Seizing Dictatorial Power" by Nixon's former speechwriter William Safire
America's Techno-Fascist Future
http://insightmag.com/main.cfm?include=detail&storyid=143236 ultra-conservative Washington Times on the PATRIOT "Police State" Act
Gilmore v. Ashcroft et al, FAA ID Challenge, http://cryptome.org/freetotravel.htm
majority opposes "homeland security" (hopeful news)
San Francisco peace rally, October 26, 2002