07-22-2007, 01:47 AM
07-22-2007, 01:49 AM
The Decider decided to sign an executive order on July 17th empowering the Treasury Department to seize all assets of any "United States Person" (Citizen or permanent resident alien) who, in the opinion of the Executive has "contributed to the destabilization of the Iraqi government" by "having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of such an act or acts of violence, or any person whose property and interests in propert are blocked by this order."
In short, on the surface it seems like a good thing - empowering the Treasury Department to seize the assets of any person (US citizens are the express focus of this order) who is providing material support to terrorists.
The problem is that once again, the definitions of a qualifying "destabilizing act" are disturbingly broad - opening the door for seizing all assets of any participant in any anti war rally where someone was injured.
Now, it's not gonna matter to them after the fact who instigated the violence - only that violence occured.
Well, after all, these guys do have a war to pay for!
Smart bombs don't pay for themselves, ya know.
07-22-2007, 01:52 AM
The Whitehouse.Gov announcement:
07-22-2007, 02:05 AM
From the Whitehouse.gov announcement:
This EO applies to any person determined to be
(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or
(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq..
07-22-2007, 06:22 AM
Daniel Ellsberg, the former White House insider during the LB Johnson administration, has stated his view that one terrorist attack and we will see the suspension of the US Constitution -- and a police state.
We are hanging by a thread.