The Death of The Republic, The Final Act

July 19, 2007 at 8:42 pm (frightening things, injustice, politics) (, , , )

Via Shakesville I’ve just learned that, officially, no one in the United States has rights anymore. Really, they’re a thing of the past. Bush has just issued an Executive Order titled “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq” which states that the Treasury Secretary is now solely responsible for deciding who is and who is not a real threat to stabilization efforts in Iraq. If a person (or group or company or organization or partnership, etc.) is found guilty of posing such a threat, the Executive Branch can- without allowing a trial, or presenting evidence, or even giving notice- immediately freeze all of their assets, making it illegal to obtain food, shelter, clothing, or other such necessities. Anyone offering donations, including those of legal services, to people who’ve had their assets frozen will then be eligible to face the same consequences. Anyone can have everything they’ve ever owned taken away on a whim. And the language is so vague, and the order so outrageous, that it really could be anyone.

Fifth Ammendment, may you rest in peace beside the remains of the ill-fated writ of habeas corpus, which was, like you, taken from the land much too early, and unfairly. It was nice knowin’ ya.

I’d be ecstatic to hear that this is all a fluke, or a joke, or what have you. But I won’t hold my breath.

(Cross-posted at YOUTHinkLeft).



  1. Daisy said,

    Well. Fuck.

  2. Emily said,


  3. ballgame said,

    I don’t know which is a more damning indictment of the state of our ‘democracy’: the fact that the order was enacted, or the fact that it’s being ignored (AFAICT) by the MSM.

  4. Emily said,

    I don’t know either ballgame, I don’t know either.

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