It’s okay for The White House to approve assasinations of U.S. Citizens.
It’s okay for our government to deny habeas corpus for a variety of reasons for everything from “future crimes” to “non-military combatants.”
We support an entire governmental agenda which sets us on a course of swapping our blood-bought liberties in exchange for the completely bogus concept of economic security.
And we have the nerve to tell China that they can’t keep a person in jail whose ideas would completely overthrow their communist ideology if they were allowed to flourish. Now isn’t that exactly what we mean when we hear the classic metaphor… the pot calling the kettle black? Sure it’s still illegal in the U.S. to imprison someone for their ideas and their free speech, but not in China. That’s the whole idea of why America is here, but we seem to be missing the point in regard to what is required to keep it that way. Government should be of laws, rather than of men, otherwise send Rambo over there and break Liu Xiaobo out of jail. But before you do that, you may want to remember this little quote from the birth certificate of the United States of America. If you give Rambo a gun he may just come back and decide he doesn’t like what he sees right in his own back yard.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That
whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their
Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new
guards for their future security…
In Liu’s own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QJGuPOMPvE
If all this sounds a little bit too much like extremist patriot rhetoric to the folks who are responsible for Homeland Security, then consider the source:
Admiral Dennis Blair Clarifies Assassination Policy: http://tradewithdave.com/?p=182
You could go to jail for submitting an amicus brief to the court according to Elena Kagan in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zXo578k4KA
Here’s a link to a report from the Congressional Research Service on the issues relating to unlawful detention: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33180.pdf
Excerpt from page 36 below:
White House Information Czar Cass Sunstein had this to say about the value of liberty as compared with economic security: http://tradewithdave.com/?p=638
Here’s more background on the values being promoted from within the White House by Mr. Sunstein: