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January 22, 2006

Harry Belafonte: idiot

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christian Beckner on January 22, 2006

Via the AP:

Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration’s harshest critics, compared the national Homeland Security department to the Gestapo and attacked the president as a liar during a fiery Saturday speech.

“We’ve come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,” Belafonte told thousands of people at the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference.

This is incredibly offensive, and personally insulting to the tens of thousands of hard-working Americans employed by the Department of Homeland Security today.

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Comment by Sean

January 23, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

As opposed to the millions of Americans that are deeply offended by the intrusive and unconstitutional measures used against our own citizens by Federal Agencies such as the DHS and NSA.

Sure plenty of otherwise good people work for oppressive organizations, you can’t expect everyone to see through the smoke and mirrors, but for those who do work for these agencies, I would expect a higher level of awareness, eventually leaving behind only the facists, the fearful and the naive who either support or endure the rhetoric dished out by Washington.

When these agencies start focusing their efforts on the people who are really undermining our democracy, namely Administration officials, corrupt Senators and the multinational NGO’s then the Americans might have a little more respect for those who avow to protect our security while violating it, but when you waste my tax dollars spying on and infiltrating organizations that advocate for peace, you are clearly looking in the wrong direction.

If you follow the money you wont find peace seeking idealists, you’ll find Senators, Congressmen, CEOs, and organized crime all holding hands and singing cumbia and gloating in their aims to achieve full spectrum dominance.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 23, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

So-called Consitutional torts, i.e. BIVENS type cases are always brought against individuals because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that violations of an individuals Constitutional rights is never within the scope of employement of federal officials or employees. Thus, a federal cause of action exists if any individual believes their Constitutional rights have been violated. Accordingly, it is possible that until such cases are brought by individuals, and the case-law settled, absent statutory guidance, it is impossible to accurately predict judicial deference to the Executive Branch and its National Security Operations. Perhaps in the long-run it will not matter, but it is also possible that without the fullest examination of these issues by interested persons, the balancing and trade-offs that at first blush may seem intuitively to correctly draw the line between privacy and protection might end up being based on erroneous premises.

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