George W. Bush isn't trustworthy. I don't trust him. When he says to just trust him or to trust his underlings about those the neocons are holding in prisons around the world, I don't follow his orders. I reject them. I say, show me the proof that those people have done anything to merit such reprehensible treatment.

Sure, no one is entirely free of having committed errors that offend God's perfection, but that doesn't excuse being a savage animal toward them.

To Hell with secret courts and the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Those things need to be repealed, the sooner the better.

Blacklisted by the Bush government
Spying on Americans without warrants, charges based on secret evidence, a small town divided by fear. Welcome to the world of Bush's "specially designated global terrorists."

By Tim Shorrock

May. 19, 2008

...the Bush administration has regularly withheld what it claims is key evidence against those accused — insisting, essentially, that the public accept without question its private conclusions about the suspects' guilt.


"You can be designated without an evidentiary finding that you ever actively engaged in or supported terrorism," says Cole [David Cole, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University]. "This is a guilt-by-association process."


the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Passed by Congress to set guidelines for economic sanctions and trade embargoes, the act gave the president wide powers to deal with any "unusual and extraordinary threat" from abroad by confiscating property and prohibiting financial transactions with specific countries contributing to that threat.

The powers were first used against individuals by President Clinton, when his National Security Council designated several Palestinian and Israeli opponents of the Camp David agreements as terrorist supporters. Later, use of the tactic expanded greatly under President George W. Bush.

In the days after 9/11, Bush signed an executive order giving the Treasury Department the power to blacklist individuals and organizations believed to be supporters of or "associated with" terrorists. The order specifically gave Treasury the power to blacklist and freeze the assets of people in the United States entitled to rights under the Constitution — even before those people are accused of any crime. The dangers of the process were noted in 2004 by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, better known as the 9/11 Commission. Using the 1977 law against domestic organizations, the commission warned in a 2004 report on terrorist financing, "raises significant civil liberty concerns because it allows the government to shut down an organization on the basis of classified evidence, subject only to a deferential after-the-fact judicial review." That proved to be a prescient concern.

For those caught up in it, the designation process is a legal nightmare. David Cole and other lawyers who focus on the problem say there is no clear procedure for appealing the terrorist designation, let alone getting removed from the blacklist. Moreover, nowhere in the 1977 law or the Bush administration's post-9/11 counterterrorism edicts is the term "specially designated global terrorist" defined. ...there are no standards for what constitutes a "specially designated global terrorist"....


"Of course this is a human rights issue. Due process — the right to be told why the government is taking action against you, and to have an opportunity to defend yourself — is about a basic a human right as there is." [David Cole]


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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