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Urgent from Stewart Rhodes: Give Me Your Top Ten Unconstitutional Bush Actions

I am about to write a blistering rebuttal to a neocon, Bush kool-aid drinking diatribe that acts as though the Bush years never happened, and only under Obama was the Constitution subverted. As usual, these neocons totally ignore the incredibly destructive, unconstitutional, treasonous actions of the Bush Admin and only complain about what has happened in the past three years, as if they were in a coma till January, 2009. I cannot at this time disclose the document I am rebutting, but I will post it, along with my rebuttal, after I am done.

Please help me by adding your top ten list (or top 20!) of Bush Admin crimes against the Constitution.

I think I already have a pretty decent list, but let me know if I am missing anything.

My top ten list of Bush Admin crimes against Constitution:

1. Claimed power of the President to detain American citizens in military detention, and to try them by military tribunal, in total violation of Article III Treason Clause (essentially claiming the power to treat Americans like foreign enemies in wartime, under the laws of war instead of under our Bill of Rights, and then claiming the power to do anything and anything the President wants to them). Two US citizens, Jose Padilla and Yasir Hamdi, were so detained and the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court, respectively, upheld those military detentions, establishing horribly dangerous precedent, which Obama now uses to take it to the next logical conclusion - that if he can detain you as an "unlawful combatant" based on secret evidence, he can also just have you killed based on secret evidence.

2. Claimed power of the President, as Commander-in-chief (and as "the decider") to determine for himself, A. What is war, B. When we are at war, C. Who is the enemy, including our own citizens, or anyone else in the whole world,whether nation states or individuals, D. What must be done to win the war, including anything and everything the President decides is necessary, including torture, with Bush lawyer John Yoo even refusing to deny that the President can crush a child's testicles to make the parent talk, with Yoo stating that "it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that", and E, going to war against nation states ostensibly to fulfill UN mandates, rather than pursuant to a Congressional Declaration of War.

3. Military commissions act, which makes no distinction between American citizens and non-citizens, again sweeping the Bill of Rights aside and replacing it with the international laws of war, which are brought home and applied to Americans as if they were Iraqis or citizens of Afghanistan.

4. Patriot Act, which violates multiple provisions of the Bill of Rights, but especially the 4th Amendment.

5. Creation of DHS, which established a pervasive, massive secret police and surveillance state that the Gestapo and Stasi could only have wet dreams about. And now that massive cancer of a modern Stasi is being turned inward, on anyone deemed a "Ron Paul supporter," "Chuck Baldwin supporter" or "constitutionalist" as well as targeting veterans.

6. NSA spying on Americans in total violation of Fourth Amendment, which was defended by Bush lawyers as being a power outside the Bill of Rights, since the President, as Commmander-in-Chief has the authority to "conduct surveillance of the battlefield" and all the world, including all of the United States, is part of the battlefield in the war on terror (war on a tactic).

7. Creation of Northcom, which is a DOMESTIC military command over the United States, with standing army troops deployed here for domestic use, .

8. Expansion of power of FEMA

9. Bankster bailouts (which Obama has only continued)

10. Continued existence and growth of power of the Federal Reserve, which is the single most destructive institution that is killing America. Bush did nothing to stop it, and in fact helped it right along in the massive destruction of our dollar.

BONUS ROUND:

11. Gun confiscation, en mass, during Katrina, with it carried out by federalized and nationalized police, National Guard troops, and also active duty Army troops (82nd Airborne), as well as by local New Orleans cops. All on Bush's watch.

12. Deficit spending and massive growth of the Federal government.

13. Massive expansion of medicare and medicaid.

OK, what did I miss?

Stewart Rhodes
Founder of Oath Keepers

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Just remember it is all legal until you are incarcerated!

hope for the best

Bush illegally signs the Safety and Prosperity Partnership...

... with Mexico and Canada which undermines the sovereignty of the United States of America using NAFTA as framework to create a new security boundary around the perimeter of North America.

Under SPP both Canada and Mexico would be granted permission to travel freely through US borders in the name of business and would grant the military of each nation to operate in the USA during emergencies.

All international treaties signed without Congressional authority are un-COnstitutional.

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"The greatest mystery of all is truth." - Me, 2009

Conspiracy to commit war crimes and genocide.

The downing street memos exposed GW Bush's and Tony Blair's secret and illegal bombing of Iraq month's before the US invaded. Of course, this was without a specified declaration of war by the Congress. This later escalated and led to over 2,000,000 dead or displaced.

http://downingstreetmemo.com/

Bush 'plotted to lure Saddam into war with fake UN plane'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bush-plotte...

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"The greatest mystery of all is truth." - Me, 2009

Afterwards we can do Obama's

Afterwards we can do Obama's top 1000

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Going to war without a

Going to war without a declaration of war by the congress. By the way you'll get much better educated feedback if you ask these kinds of questions at radley Balko's blog theagitator.com. Radley likes you and would probably give you an open thread. Many of the posters there are lawyers with a deeper knowledge of the constitution than the average American.

Invading another country based upon lies is most obvious #1

This is no different an action than any of the worst dictators in history.

But the root cause of all of the posted crimes here is certainly counterfeit money and it's influence upon society.

In that sense, the #1 crime of Bush, as with most presidents since it's creation, is supporting the Federal Reserve Banks, and their enslavement of our people. All other crimes are related, including the foreign invasions.

Scores of articles on Bush's Record through this Baldwin link

http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?page_id=38

This is a link on Bush's Record compiled by Pastor Chuck Baldwin. There are scores of articles accessible through this link.

Ron Paul 2012
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At the cross Jesus Christ defeated sin, death, hell, and the new world order.
C’mon boys, let’s take the plunder!

here's some I recall

Let's do a current event tit for tat:

Not only Obama is killing US citizens "suspected" of terrorism. Another U.S. citizen killed in a U.S. drone strike was in Yemen in 2002, when a car was struck by a Hellfire missile(s), killing five passengers, including Ahmed Hijazi, a "suspected" militant who had U.S. citizenship.

Also, there are the cases of Federal agents confiscating Ron Paul books and materials at one of the Republican primaries, I think in the midwest a few years ago. There are many cases of feds spying on and infiltrating anti war groups. In NYC during the republican convention some years ago, I remember police putting protestors in 'free speech zones' and arresting many protestors who were put in cages on some pier. 60 Minutes, I think it was (or a similar program) did a show on how the NSA was eavesdropping on calls that US servicemen were making from Iraq to their homes, and were listening in on phone sex and every other kind of personal call. And don't forget the whole Sybil Edmonds scandal. And blowing the cover of that CIA operative Valerie Plame.

I never let my schooling interfere with my education - Mark Twain

Well

You cant call any of us Anarchist all we want is to return to the rule of law...

btw

Thank you Stewart for all you do. You are one of the most important liberty figures of our generation.

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Hear Hear!!

Thank you so much Stewart for talking the talk and walking the walk!

Debbie

few more things

1. Largest expansion of Medicare/entitlements since LBJ.
2. No child left behind huge intrusion into state's territory.
3. Know your customer personal financial spying
4. Illegal wire tapping
5. Wore his red tie in Beijing at the Olympics. ;)

Operation Wide Receiver

"What's also fascinating about the documents turned over to investigators is that they reference a little-known ATF operation called "Operation Wide Receiver", which just like "Fast and Furious," let guns "walk" to Mexico.

"The operation, run by ATF's Tucson office and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, started in 2006 -- when George W. Bush's Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was running the show -- and ran until the end of 2007. No charges were filed.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/wide_recei...

always bothered me that...

in testifying to the 911 Commission, he would only do it if Cheney was there holding his hand and they weren't under oath. WTF

Here';s a couple.

-TSA

-Know your customer banking regs, something RP has always opposed

-Patriot Act disclosure for when you buy a house

-$200 million for the DoD to create a database of all American schoolchildren

-invaded Iraq without a Congressional Declaration of War

-Continued the "continuing state of emergency" under section 5B, as amended, of "that certain act" (the TWTEA of 1917) authorizing USA title 50.
The "continuing state of emergency" is well documented in the 1973 Senate Report 93-549 which you can find here...
http://www.barefootsworld.net/war_ep.html

Hi Stewart. Here's my top 5.

1) Patriot Act (doing away with 4th Amendment right to be free from unwarranted search and seizure). Actually the Patriot Act alone wass responsible for several of the items you mentioned I think.

2) and 3) The Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the John Werner National Defense Authorization Act of 2007 were both signed on Oct. 13 2006 I think. One got rid of Posse Commitatus (US troops may not operate on US soil against US citizens), and the other got rid of Habeas Corpus (your right to challenge your confinement). Forgot which did which though.

4) Sending the National Guard into Katrina for the purpose of gun confiscation, instead of send them in there to actually help the people. Some guard units refused! Good!

5) Setting up these "Fusion Centers" across the country. I gotta say, the idea of local, county, and state police, collecting, tracking, sharing, and storing intelligence, communications, and movements via cellphone GPS on American Citizens, with a fruit cocktail of Federal agencies like FBI, DHS, ATF, CIA, NSA, etc, and the military, truly is the single scariest development towards the omnipotent omnipresent overmind of the Orwellian police state I have seen in my lifetime.

This unabated growth and expansion of the TSA/Homeland Security police state is alarms me the most. Thank you Oathkeepers. You give me hope. (BTW, I was closing down one of my email acct's and cleaning out my others, and I think I unsubscribed on both accts. Will resubscribe shortly and donate. And I don't give 2 plops a feces if my local fusion center knows it either!)

Failing to successfully

Failing to successfully pronounce the word "nuclear." That HAS to be unconstitutional. Another amendment, anyone?

Sending the Feds to

Sending the Feds to California to raid medicinal marijuana dispencaries. A complete violation of the 10th amendment!

Can't blame Bush here, as

Can't blame Bush here, as much as one would want to.

The courts have held up the federal war on drugs under the commerce clause. As such, under the CDAPC, Bush was forced to send "the feds" to California. Despite whatever the President thought, he must defer to the Supreme Court on matters of constitutionality.

If a law is proclaimed constitutional by the courts, violating it would be an abuse of power, akin to someone having dictatorial power. Bush would have had to gone to Congress and repeal the laws banning marijuana.

Of course, I doubt had Bush had any problems, morally, ethically, or constitutionally sending the agents to confiscate the drugs. One could always blame him for not fighting to overturn the legislation or for letting it happen.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

I don't believe you missed any...

The order is appropriate, as well. Well done.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I dunno, but when he canceled

I dunno, but when he canceled Habeas Corpus I was more apalled than when he condoned torture. To me that is cruel and unusual punishment from the get go. Your points were a bit esoteric so maybe that was part of one, but I think it should stand alone. He dissolved habeas corpus and there was an article or two in the paper then that was it...and I have not gotten over it yet.

this seems to be under point one

But I agree, It is deserving of a #1 spot in and of itself.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Executive Orders

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/wb...

Here is a list

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

I think that the Patriot Act

I think that the Patriot Act and torture should always be numbers one and two on the list.

The Patriot Act because it is a clear-cut violation of the Constitution, torture because it goes against everything America is for and because Bush and Cheyney openly admitted that they did it.

The federal reserve has to be up there. Remember, Bush is responsible for almost 1.6 trillion of the bailout money the Fed gave to the private sector. He is also the one that authorized the backing of the junk loans of Fannie and Freddie (when there was absolutely no legal reason for the government to do so).

On the wars:

I give Bush a little bit of a pass here, because a lot of what he did had precedent. The process of Congress not declaring war yet the President still engaging in it happened a lot during the Cold War Era. Lincoln surpressed Habeus Corpus; there are other instances of presidents supressing 2nd amendment rights as well. George Washington did a lot of illegal things to keep information out of the hands of the public as well, AFAIR.

What he did was obviously unconstitutional, but I wouldn't put it squarely on his shoulders, is my point.

To note, that almost everything Bush did, he did with the full support of Congress and the American people. The American people still support the patriot act. The Tea Party still supports both wars. Most Americans are OK with assasinating American citizens. Many are Islamophobic and have/had no issue with the torturing of prisoners. No one had issue with him making so many military decisions when the pain of 9/11 was fresh.

No one was complaining about Medicare Part D when it helped get them the drugs they needed.

No one was complaining about deficit spending when they got their 9 trillion dollar tax cut.

No one was complaining about the Federal Reserve when they got a cheap mortgage with little down. No one complained about fractional reserve banking when the money it pumped into the economy gave wealth to everyone.

No one was complaining about the bailouts when it saved many broken 401Ks and lifted the stock market up.

No one likes to blame themselves; it is easy to blame Obama, Bush, the government. But ultimately, the American individual deserves part of the blame. Maybe not you or me, maybe not libertarians, constitutionalists, and progressives who know about false flags, corporatism, etc. But the average American voter who will allow torture, supression of rights, and tyranny as long as everything is hunky-dory for him.....

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Bump for others, this is

Bump for others, this is important.

Thank you for the heads up.

I believe we have a winner. Your list is outstanding.

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Bump for excellent work

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