January 12th, 2006

Food: bread

'Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors"'


Bush wants to create the new criminal of "disruptor" who can be jailed for the crime of "disruptive behavior." A "little-noticed provision" in the latest version of the Patriot Act will empower Secret Service to charge protesters with a new crime of "disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics." Secret Service would also be empowered to charge persons with "breaching security" and to charge for "entering a restricted area" which is "where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting." In short, be sure to stay in those wired, fenced containments or free speech zones.

Who is the "disruptor"? Bush Team history tells us the disruptor is an American citizen with the audacity to attend Bush events wearing a T-shirt that criticizes Bush; or a member of civil rights, environmental, anti-war or counter-recruiting groups who protest Bush policies; or a person who invades Bush's bubble by criticizing his policies. A disruptor is also a person who interferes in someone else's activity, such as interrupting Bush when he is speaking at a press conference or during an interview.…

So now the Patriot Act, which was argued before enactment as a measure to fight foreign terrorists, is being amended to make clear that it also applies to American citizens who have the audacity to disrupt President Bush wherever his bubble may travel. If this provision is enacted into law, then Bush will have a law upon which to expand the type of people who constitute disruptors and the type of activities that constitute disruptive activities. And, then throw them all in jail.

Apollo 4 on the pad

Jackass who helped create the situation to speechify on Monday


Now, if Mr. Gore would freely blame himself for his role in all this, and say it was wrong of him to appease the Nazis, an honest mistake, then it would be different. I've already done as much, myself, not having been an opponent of the aggression against Iraq. But Gore is a jackass in a party dominated by similar jackasses, such as John Kerry, Hillary Rodham, and so forth.

Of course there are individual members of the Democratic Party that I like, not many but still visible--Conyers, Kucinich, etc. However, they are not dominant.