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Daily Digest - December 22

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 11:51 AM
  • Against Jobs?
  • National Inflation Association's Top 10 Predictions For 2010
  • FBI Probes Hack At Citigroup
  • Top Stocks Of The Decade
  • Goldman Getting Hundreds Of Millions In Exemptions, Free Rent For New Headquarters
  • $45 Billion Dollars Spent In Last Decade To Buy Washington
  • Rewarding Failure At The Fed
  • Change Nobody Believes In
  • Politics, Bribery, And Double-Crossers: At Each Other's Throats
  • 60 Votes Or Else
  • "This Process Is Corruption"
  • Tired Of Congress "Flipping A Bird To The American People"
  • Government Imposes 3-Hour Limit Tarmac Delays
  • ABC News: Is The US Preparing To Bomb Iran?
  • US Bunker-Buster Bomb Rushed Through
  • Bunker-Buster Ready Soon
  • Escalation Of Crisis Over Iran's Nuclear Program

Economy

Against Jobs? (Ben Johnson)

Who is against jobs in the United States? The big banks, Wall Street, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business Roundtable, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, Corporate America, the President of the United States, Congress of the United States. Everyone is crying for jobs, but no one seems to understand why there aren’t any.

National Inflation Association's Top 10 Predictions For 2010 (M.W.)

The National Inflation Association is pleased to announce its top 10 predictions for 2010.

FBI Probes Hack At Citigroup (M.W.)

The FBI is probing a computer-security breach targeting Citigroup that resulted in a theft of tens of millions of dollars by computer hackers who appear linked to a Russian cyber gang. And last month, a federal indictment named eight alleged Russian and Eastern European hackers who prosecutors say broke into a U.S. unit of Royal Bank of Scotland in 2008 and stole $9 million from ATMs in 280 cities world-wide in a matter of hours.

Top Stocks Of The Decade (M.W.)

Over the past decade, 116 companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges have showed investors returns of more than 1,000%.

Goldman Getting Hundreds Of Millions In Exemptions, Free Rent For New Headquarters (M.W.)

Building a new headquarters qualified the firm to sell $1 billion of tax-free bonds and get $49 million of job-grant funds, tax exemptions. Officials raised the bond ceiling to $1.65 billion and added $66 million in benefits. The interest expense on the financing is about $175 million less over 30 yrs than if the company had issued corporate debt at the time. The city of NY forgave Goldman about $161 million in lease payments... Goldman doesn't have to pay the lease if Ground Zero remains empty.

$45 Billion Dollars Spent In Last Decade To Buy Washington (M.W.)

More than $45 billion has been spent to influence legislation and regulation at state and federal levels. Those interested in who’s giving the money and who’s getting it, have 2 non-profit, non-partisan organizations for access to FEC and state election commissions data. They provide free online access to public records in all 50 states, to document political donor and lobbyist contributions to policymakers.

Rewarding Failure At The Fed (M.W.)

The Senate finance committee overwhelmingly voted to approve Bernanke for another term. This is remarkable. But, in Washington no one is ever held accountable for their performance. It is the 15 million unemployed that go without work, not Bernanke. Instead, many of the senators praise Bernanke to the sky and thank him for his service. The running line in the Senate is: "It could have been worse." That is the way Washington works. And everyone should be very, very disgusted.

Change Nobody Believes In (M.W.)

A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed through on a partisan vote on Christmas Eve. Obama promised a new era of transparent government, yet on Saturday morning Harry Reid threw out the 2,100-page health bill that Congress spent just 17 days debating and replaced it with a new "manager's amendment" that was stapled together in covert partisan negotiations. The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that "reform" has devolved into the raw exercise of political power.

Politics, Bribery, And Double-Crossers: At Each Other's Throats (M.W.)

Charges of bribery. Senators cut off midspeech. Accusations of politics put over patriotism. Talk of double-crosses. A nonagenarian forced to the floor after midnight for multiple procedural votes. In the heart of the holiday season, Senate Republicans and Democrats are at one another’s throats as the health care overhaul reaches its climactic votes. A year that began with hopes of new post-partisanship has indeed produced change: Things have gotten worse.

60 Votes Or Else (M.W.)

The filibuster is an example of the dysfunction that is paralyzing America.

"This Process Is Corruption" (M.W.)

One item in the Health Bill would increase Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors in any state where at least 50% of the counties have a population density less than 6 people per square mile. Which are the lucky states? The bill gives no clue. Republicans denounced the deal struck on Saturday. “This process is not legislation,” said Sen Tom Coburn, referring to a variety of special-interest provisions. “This process is corruption. It’s a shame the only way we can come to a consensus in this country is to buy votes."

Tired Of Congress "Flipping A Bird To The American People" (M.W.)

Rep. National Committee chairman Michael Steele says he is tired of Congress "flipping a bird to the American people." His comments were triggered by Democrats advancing health-care legislation on a strictly party-line vote. "This is a bad bill. It's bad law. It's bad for America. It is bad for individuals. Enough is enough," said Steele. Harry Reid responded, “I’m disappointed that Mr. Steele would be such a terrible example for the youth of this country.”

Government Imposes 3-Hour Limit Tarmac Delays (M.W.)

Stinky toilets, crying babies, airless cabins...the Obama administration said Monday passengers don't have to take it any more. It ordered airlines to let people get off planes delayed on the ground after 3 hours, and to provide food and water for passengers within 2 hours of a plane being delayed on a tarmac. Airlines could be fined $27,500 per passenger for each violation of the 3 hr limit.The new regulations are meant to send an unequivocal message to airlines not to hold passengers hostage on stuck planes.

ABC News: Is The US Preparing To Bomb Iran? (M.W.)

Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes.

US Bunker-Buster Bomb Rushed Through (M.W.)

The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator.

Bunker-Buster Ready Soon (M.W.)

The Pentagon said on Wednesday a giant "bunker buster" bomb will be ready within months, adding a powerful weapon to the US arsenal amid tensions over Iran's nuclear program. The 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator (MOP) is designed to knock out fortified sites buried deep underground, like those used by Iran and North Korea to protect its nuclear work.

Escalation Of Crisis Over Iran's Nuclear Program (M.W.)

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu constantly stresses what he sees as a potential existential threat from Iran. Israel has reportedly carried out a major air force exercise, seen as practice for a raid on Iran. It is sceptical that diplomatic means will force Iran to stop enrichment and does not want to let Iran develop even a theoretical capacity to make a nuclear bomb. So the possibility of an attack by Israel remains.

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The dollar is not king in most former Soviet nations. In its place, Gallup surveys this year show residents in 12 of 15 countries are more likely to view their own local currency or the euro as the most profitable and safest to keep their money in."

"Further, executives expect greater future volatility in exchange rates as well as significant changes to global exchange rate arrangements in the coming years--only 18% expect that the U.S. dollar will still be the dominant reserve currency in 2025."

"The move demonstrates how the government, faced with falling public approval and increasingly entrenched deflation, is trying to spur growth ahead of an upper-house election next year."

.........................3A) Japan govt approves tax plan amid debt worries

""Market players are assessing the government's stance on fiscal discipline while watching whether it can stick to the 44 trillion yen target," said Koji Ochiai, a senior market analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities.

"They also want to see its long-term fiscal reform plan. If the government fails to meet expectations, the market will react negatively and send bond yields higher.""

"Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Bond ratings of New Jersey towns and cities are being reduced faster than in any other state as property values slide 11 percent and Governor Jon Corzine lowers municipal aid to cope with a $1 billion budget deficit. "

"Nearly 20 percent of the Hub’s commercial real estate is vacant, and rents have dropped dramatically since the fourth quarter of 2008, according to new data."

"The latest data reveals rents fell and vacancies increased in every major Boston sub-market, including the Financial District, Back Bay, Seaport, Charlestown, North Station and South Boston."

"REAL ESTATE: Tenants Win Rent Concessions, Landlords Try to Keep Buildings Occupied

Commercial real estate professionals in San Diego County are bracing themselves for more lean times in 2010, as the recession continues to fuel high vacancy rates and a tight credit market makes it difficult to refinance loans."

"Gov. Linda Lingle, trying to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit through June 2011, said yesterday that she would delay tax refunds from April until July and ask state lawmakers to scoop hotel-room tax revenues that now go to counties.

Lingle would also raise taxes on insurance commissions, stop paying life insurance premiums for state workers and retirees, and end the state's reimbursement of some Medicare costs for the spouses of retired state workers."

"Valley Transportation Authority plans cutbacks of 8 to 16 percent due to huge budget gap

Starting Jan. 11, VTA will reduce service to help mitigate a projected $70 million budget deficit in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.Weekday service will be cut 8 percent, Saturday service 10 percent and Sunday service 16percent.The deficit is the result of a continued loss of state transit funding and a decline in sales tax revenue, VTA spokeswoman Jennie Loft said."

"With credit tight and consumers still pinching their pennies, many business owners find they can't go on."

""While bankruptcies are up, overall, small-business closures are up even more," Headd said.

California has been particularly hard hit. The latest data show small-business bankruptcies up 81% in the state for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, compared with the previous year. Filings nationwide were up 44%, according to the credit analysis firm Equifax Inc.

The actual number of small businesses in trouble is probably higher, experts said, because many owners file for personal bankruptcy rather than seek protection for the business."

"ALBANY — School districts in New York face a funding gap of at least $2 billion when federal stimulus money runs out in less than two years, possibly leading to an average property-tax increase of 7.7 percent, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned Monday."

"Berlin - Germany's biggest industrial union warned Tuesday of the threat to 750,000 jobs in the nation's key engineering sector with Europe's biggest economy facing only a muted recovery from recession. Indeed, a leader of the powerful IG Metall union Detlef Wetzel told the daily Berliner Zeitung that despite the expected modest economic pickup next year between 20 and 30 per cent of the German engineering sector's capacity would not be utilized.

"We see about 750,000 jobs in danger in the short term," Wetzel told the newspaper with IG Metall counting among its 2.4 million members workers employed in several of Germany's major exporters including carmakers such as Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG."

"Ominous finances: The City of Pittsburgh will be forced to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy if it stays on its unsustainable fiscal path, say the Allegheny Institute's Jake Haulk and Frank Gamrat. Only then can it effectively deal with its legacy costs and excessive spending, they note. "Perhaps a wise judge can fix what the city itself is incapable of doing or unwilling to do," Messrs. Haulk and Gamrat add. It's a sobering sentiment this Christmas week. But the time for boldness is now."

"Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President"

"Flashback May 15, 2009: Troubled trucker YRC to seek $1 billion pension bailout.

Struggling No. 1 U.S. trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc plans to seek $1 billion in bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to help it cover pension obligations, a move analysts say is unlikely to succeed as the company has no financial charter."

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

Yesterday they said the bunker buster wouldn't be in production for a year.  Disinformation for Iran?

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Is the U.S. Preparing to bomb Iran?

Is the U.S. Preparing to bomb Iran?

lol...I told you  Undecided

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

 

The Pentagon would never admit the bombs were ready. They deliberately leak or report "news" to Reuters.

The element of surprise is everything. Iran knows what's going on. That's why they're testing their missiles. And that's why we're testing ours. It was even in Time magazine.

If the Pentagon tells Reuters that the bombs are delayed, the translation is probably that the bombs are ready to go..

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Supreme Court Guts Due Process

If this is a repost I apologise in advance...

 

After hearing passionate arguments from the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court acquiesced to the president’s fervent request and, in a one-line ruling, let stand a lower court decision that declared torture an ordinary, expected consequence of military detention, while introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a “suspected enemy combatant” by the president or his designated minions is no longer a “person.” They will simply cease to exist as a legal entity. They will have no inherent rights, no human rights, no legal standing whatsoever — save whatever modicum of process the government arbitrarily deigns to grant them from time to time, with its ever-shifting tribunals and show trials.

 

Continued...

 

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2009/12/supreme-court-guts-due-process-protection.html

 

 

 

 

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process

Wow, Mikey.  That's so bad my mind rebels against the possibility that it can be true!  I feel sick.

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process

If this is a repost I apologise in advance...

 

After hearing passionate arguments from the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court acquiesced to the president’s fervent request and, in a one-line ruling, let stand a lower court decision that declared torture an ordinary, expected consequence of military detention, while introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a “suspected enemy combatant” by the president or his designated minions is no longer a “person.” They will simply cease to exist as a legal entity. They will have no inherent rights, no human rights, no legal standing whatsoever — save whatever modicum of process the government arbitrarily deigns to grant them from time to time, with its ever-shifting tribunals and show trials.

 

Continued...

 

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Is Saddam alive and living in the White House? 

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Re: Against Jobs?

 

Hey, Ben. GREAT article about off-shoring and how big business makes so much less money on American jobs...

I have to admit, I hadn't really thought much about it in regard to the unemployment crisis. Thanks for an EXCELLENT article!

Definitely a "must-read"  Thanks, Ben

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

America is no longer Free.  There is nothing more despairing to me.  I have willingly faced all thoughts of peak oil, hyperinflation, total agricultural collapse, geopolitical instability and swine flu.  But I am brought to unspeakable anger, and tears by this singular thing, the loss of American Freedom.

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

Chris Floyd does great work. The most frightening thing is that many many folks truly believed this new guy would be different. It is happening faster than anyone suspected but at this point, both parties have devolved into nothing more than war criminals, constitutional hackers, and thieves. And if Chris Martenson is right (and he has been so far) how low will they go as things really start to crunch down?      

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22
FNKRoue wrote:

America is no longer Free.  There is nothing more despairing to me.  I have willingly faced all thoughts of peak oil, hyperinflation, total agricultural collapse, geopolitical instability and swine flu.  But I am brought to unspeakable anger, and tears by this singular thing, the loss of American Freedom.

No one is truly free.....  freedom is only relative.  Only in death does one achieve true freedom.....

Take the red pill....

Mike

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22
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No one is truly free.....  freedom is only relative.  Only in death does one achieve true freedom.....

Take the red pill....

Mike

LOL .. that's only for married men

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process

When I saw this post and did some digging.  Here are a couple other links I found that referenced it:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2009/12/i_was_only_giv...

http://minnesotaindependent.com/51812/supreme-court-shuts-door-on-gitmo-...

True to form this was mentioned mostly in the blogosphere and very little in the mainstream media.  But from what I can tell this is not really a new development; it involves a lower court ruling made some time ago, with the supreme court recently deciding to not review the decision.  Now the lower court ruling was pretty appalling and these sources do say the ruling made mention that the "torture is a foreseeable consequence of the military's detention of suspected enemy combatants".  But the argument that this makes "enemy combatants" no longer a person is a bit of a reach.  One can certainly interpret the ruling in that manner... if I'm following the logic correctly it goes something like: we rule that X is denied protection under law Y, and law Y is supposed to apply to all persons, so if it can't be applied to X then X must not be a person.  It is rather vague and open to interpretation, so we can't automatically assume that this was the intention.  But even if we put that aside, just the "torture is a foreseeable consequence" line alone is enough of a red flag IMO.

Now just hypothetically speaking, IF the intent is to strip enemy combatants of their "personhood", it would follow the playbook of most successful tyrants in recent history.  For most of us it is difficult under normal emotional states to harm, torture, or kill a "person".... but if we allow ourselves to define them differently as a "non-person", then it's remarkably easier for the average person to allow and even participate in savage acts against another.  It's also easier for the state to isolate the non-persons from society and limit their power to resist.  Not as many are going to read an article or book penned by a non-person, or donate time/money resources to a non-person's cause, or speak out or protest when a non-person is dragged out of his/her house in the dead of night.  And nothing says that classifying certain people as non-persons have to be announced clearly with neon signs flashing; if I were in the shoes of the State I would prefer hiding such things in vague laws or rulings tucked deep in the byzantine complexity that is our legal and justice system.  At least until most opposition is neutralized and control is pretty well established.

- Nickbert

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process
Mikey1052 wrote:

 anyone who is arbitrarily declared a “suspected enemy combatant” by the president or his designated minions is no longer a “person.” 

I am having trouble finding the original version of the judgment, or whatever piece of legislation, that says a president can unilaterally designate any person as such.. ? Any leads? thanks

Samuel

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

While You Were Sleeping… The Economy Collapsed
By Giordano Bruno

Neithercorp Press - 12/21/2009

One of the most powerful forces in human psychology is the force of habit.
Consistency, apathetic comfort, ties men to the ocean bottom to squeeze every
ounce of oxygen from their last breath until it is gone, and we wake up at 50 or
60, only realizing then that we have done the same things and thought the same
thoughts for decades without err. Repetition makes us easy to startle and easy
to control. Any sudden break in daily routine can cause most people to freeze;
animals gripped with terror at the very possibility of necessary individual
action or adaptation.

This same repetition induces a type of "sleepwalk" in the average person, a
zombie-like reanimation of brain functions that shriveled up and died years
before, giving the impression of "life," but in reality, it is merely a life on
autopilot.

This is what makes catastrophes so catastrophic. It is not always the events
themselves that reap such destruction, but people's delayed reactions and dulled
senses. The more ignorant the populace, the more magnified and painful such
events become. Our lack of knowledge and reasonable action sets our own house
ablaze, brings economies to ruin, and murders civilizations. Others may tip the
problems into motion, but in the end, all of us, each and every individual, is
responsible for the final result.

It is nearly Christmas, 2009, and the dangers of routine are never more
blindingly obvious than they are at this time of year. A dangerous economic
storm looms, its effects culminating most likely sometime in 2010. Many people
know its there, they can feel it, but the chains of routine drag them back. "Our
world will remain the same tomorrow as it was today…" they tell themselves,
"…how could things possibly change?"

Mixed Signals Indicate Economic Disinformation

There are a number of half truths and financial fantasies floating around the
U.S. today, which may explain why some have decided to throw caution to the
wind, adopting a cult-like blind faith in the "unsinkable" American economy. I
suspect that the consequences for this error in judgment will become quite clear
to most by the end of next year, but until then, let's examine our current
situation, what the government has to say about it, and the reality they wish to
gloss over.

Unemployment Thwarted By Bailouts?

Unfortunately, it depends on who you ask. If you ask the Labor Department, the
U.S. lost only 11,000 jobs in November, far less than forecast, and unemployment
evened out to 10% from 10.2%. Great news, right? It would be, if it were true…

Other data shows that the major revision in job losses may be an
overenthusiastic calculation by the Labor Department.

First, the holiday season is notorious for generating thousands of temporary,
low-paying part time jobs with an average of only 15-20 hours a week. The Labor
Department counts people working these jobs as fully employed even though they
do not make nearly enough money to support themselves and most will likely lose
their positions once the Christmas season is over. Even with this influx of
minimum wage holiday jobs to dilute unemployment numbers, it appears most
retailers are only hiring about half of the number of temporary workers they did
last year:

http://www.kidk.com/news/local/78476852.html

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

The Baltic Dry Index Is Collapsing

Dry bulk vessel over-supply is finally taking its toll, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) has gone into a nosedive as shown below. US-listed dry bulk stocks such as DryShips (DRYS) and Eagle Bulk (EGLE) have been drifting lower.

BDI

While the current index level is still equivalent to historically strong rates, continued strength in 2010 is entirely predicated on continued growth of Chinese dry bulk raw material imports. While November iron ore imports were encouraging and 2009 was a year of surprising strength, with China it could all disappear in an instant.

Bloomberg (Dec 11th): Iron ore imports by China, the world’s largest buyer, rose 12 percent last month as steelmakers increased production to meet demand from makers of cars and appliances. Imports of the steelmaking ingredient were 51.1 million metric tons, the customs office said on its Web site today. That compares with 45.5 million tons in October and a record 64.6 million tons in September, according to Bloomberg data.

Emirates Business: "In 2009, the potential for a much steeper decline was offset by a notable surge in the seaborne trade of iron ore – the largest single dry bulk commodity, accounting for 27 per cent of total cargoes – which actually increased by about three per cent y-o-y," it said. Strong Chinese demand for the material proved vital to this growth.

China's iron ore imports increased by more than 20 per cent y-o-y in 2009 as its share of the seaborne iron ore market rose from 58 per cent in 2008 to 66 per cent, offsetting the reduction in volumes shipped to other major import markets such as Japan and South Korea.

While a number of factors are reported to have caused this unexpected surge – the fall in global commodity prices; falling output by domestic mines; and rampant stockpiling by steel mills and speculators...

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process

Oh, come on, welcome to yesterday. Read about Jose Padilla, maybe he did something, maybe he didn't, but he is a US Citizen arrested in 2002 and finally in August 2007 he was convicted, but not of the initial charges raised against him.

This was all written into the Patriot Act and extended with FISA, when GW was in office."Enemy Combatants" are defined as a person of interest where there is a significant suspicion to suggest that they are of have operated against the best interests of the United States. Now it was amended so that it only applied to non-US citizens, however it did not return due process, nor does it entirely insulate US Citizens. Sadly there were three provisions in the Patriot Act that were due to sunset on Dec 31st this year, including "John Doe" wiretaps (getting orders for a wiretap without a suspect), Library provisions (issuing requests for information from libraries about reading materials), and "lone wolf" provision (adding someone completely unaffiliated with any terrorist organization to the list of surveilled suspects, i.e. this could be you) unfortunately congress issues a 60 day extension for these.

Jeez I've been talking about this since it was signed in to law

http://www.aclu.org/national-security/myths-and-realities-about-patriot-act

Now if you want to see something really scary you should read up on Patriot II or the Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, which was never signed in to law as an act, but several provisions from it have been tacked on to other bills for example the Senate Spending Bill.

http://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-fact-sheet-patriot-act-ii

Now in my last place of employment back in 2005, we were requested to release internet search records for approximately 50,000 people, that's a lot of terrorists. Google also got the order, and it became a bit of a hot news topic.

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process
Gungnir wrote:

Oh, come on, welcome to yesterday. Read about Jose Padilla, maybe he did something, maybe he didn't, but he is a US Citizen arrested in 2002 and finally in August 2007 he was convicted, but not of the initial charges raised against him.

...

Jeez I've been talking about this since it was signed in to law

But I haven't been paying attention then! And I'm not American either.. That's not an excuse, but whatever. Thanks for the links!

Samuel

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process

Got a point, Gungir.  I guess beliefs we've been raised on and immersed in die hard.  And it's just so damned sad to watch them get eviscerated.

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Re: Supreme Court Guts Due Process

Ah, specifically, here we go:

"The term 'unlawful enemy combatant' means —

(ii) a person who, before, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense."

Military Commissions Act of 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Commissions_Act_of_2006#Unlawful_a...

Wow, that does blow, it's not even vague. It's basically "the president can totally destroy you whenever he wishes"

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Re: Daily Digest - December 22

Hey DTM

That link doesn't take me to that specific article.

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