Bonnie Goldstein
Did Bush Repeal the Fifth Amendment?
Thu Aug 9, 2007 15:58
 

 
Did Bush Repeal the Fifth Amendment?
http://www.slate.com/id/2171743/entry/0/

Although the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that "No person shall ... be deprived of ... property, without due process of law," on July 17 President Bush issued an executive order authorizing the Treasury department to seize any and all property belonging to individuals who "pose a significant risk" of committing violent acts that undermine the "peace or stability" of Iraq. The action does not require congressional approval.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow clarified in a press briefing that the intent is to target "terrorists and insurgent groups," but the American Civil Liberties Union protested that the executive order "posed risks for residents of the United States." Michael Chossudovsky, professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, argued that the executive order in effect criminalized mere opposition to the war. But the matter raised only tepid protests from Congress and little attention in the press. (Two notable exceptions are this July 23 article by Walter Pincus in the Washington Post and this Aug. 5 op-ed by Editorial Page Editor John Diaz in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Emboldened, perhaps, by the mild response, on August 2 President Bush issued a similar executive order (below) regarding Lebanon. This action authorizes the Treasury to "block the property and interests in property" of "any U.S. persons" (including "a spouse or dependent child") who challenge "the sovereignty of Lebanon" (i.e., support Syria's occupation of Lebanon and its interference in Lebanese politics). In this instance the target can be anyone whose actions are deemed to "pose a significant risk" of undermining Lebanon's democratic processes, violent or not.


http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070717-3.html

http://www.slate.com/id/2171743/entry/0/

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"Due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security ... of the United States" (sic)

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Bush has enacted two new executive orders allow the US govt to freeze the funds of anyone who opposes 'democracy' in Iraq and Lebanon (August 1, 2007) and blocking the entry of many Lebanese into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants (June 28, 2007).

This is the 279-page PDF document showing who has his assets frozen and who is blocked (August 7, 2007).
http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/sdn/t11sdn.pdf

Try to find your name in there. I found several friends I know.

"Although the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that "No person shall ... be deprived of ... property, without due process of law," on July 17 President Bush issued an executive order authorizing the Treasury department to seize any and all property belonging to individuals who "pose a significant risk" of committing violent acts that undermine the "peace or stability" of Iraq. The action does not require congressional approval.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow clarified in a press briefing that the intent is to target "terrorists and insurgent groups," but the American Civil Liberties Union protested that the executive order "posed risks for residents of the United States." Michael Chossudovsky, professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, argued that the executive order in effect criminalized mere opposition to the war."
Did Bush Repeal the Fifth Amendment? August 6, 2007

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html


Imad Khadduri
http://abutamam.blogspot.com
 


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