July 20, 2007

Are you scared now?

Remember that executive order about "Continuity of Government" that Dubya issued back in May? The one that put the prez in charge of running the government after a massive terrorist attack or other major disaster? And which gave the prez the authority to determine just what constitutes a major disaster?

If you're like this magpie, that executive order made you a bit nervous about the future of constitutional government in the US, and just a bit suspicious about the prez's motives. And I'll bet you weren't all that reassured when 'common wisdom' said that Dubya's executive order was just a routine housekeeping measure.

Here in Oregon, some people were sufficiently worried about the executive order that they asked US representative Peter DeFazio to look into whether anything sinister was lurking in order's classified portions, which describe in detail how the executive branch would run the government after a major disaster. DeFazio asked the White House to have those classified portions delivered for viewing in a special secured room at the Capitol building — a request that he's definitely entitled to make as a member of the House's Homeland Security Committee. After initially giving the nod to DeFazio's request, something — no one knows what — changed at the White House, and permission to see the classified documents was withdrawn.

A good case could be made that the White House's refusal of DeFazio's request is just another example of the Dubya/Cheney regime's penchant for secrecy. Or maybe it's just another case of the prez giving Congress the finger. But maybe the reason that the White House doesn't want these documents to be seen by anyone outside the prez's immediate circle is that there is something sinister hidden in Dubya's executive order.

Indulge this magpie's paranoia for a moment and consider: Dubya's domestic political problems continue to get worse and his popularity is showing signs of dropping below Nixonian levels. The Iraq occupation is not going well. Congress is beginning to shine some light on the dark and illegal deeds that have taken place under Dubya and Cheney's watch. Almost half the country supports the impeachment of Dubya, and even more support impeaching Cheney.

In the midst of this political environment, consider the timing of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff's recent 'gut feeling' that the US is in danger of a terrorist attack this summer. And, finally, reconsider the fact that the White House doesn't want a member of Congress to see documents that explain how a president — Dubya, for example — will run the government in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Taking all of that into account, don't the phrases 'suspending the constitution' and 'executive coup d'etat' sound less like stuff that belongs only in the ramblings of paranoid conspiracy theorists and a bit more like possibilities that we all should be concerned about?

Posted by Magpie at July 20, 2007 11:14 AM | Paranoia | TrackBack(2) | Technorati links |
Comments

Constitutional crisis doesn't even begin to describe the mess we are in. And no, magpie, I don't think you are paranoid to worry about what they've come up with.

Posted by: Mary at July 20, 2007 12:40 PM

Bush approves torture

Posted by: ccoaler at July 20, 2007 08:58 PM

Maybe US representative Peter DeFazio should do SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

Jeebus.

Bush and Cheney are getting more stange everyday. It time for impeachement - Bush, with the way the clearly, with intent to do so, turned the DOJ into political tool to promote lies have thus already shown that neither Bush or Cheney have any respect for laws, and that indeed they are capable of committing any crime, making up ANY lie.

Posted by: Me_again at July 21, 2007 10:55 PM

Maybe US representative Peter DeFazio should do SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

Jeebus.

Bush and Cheney are getting more stange everyday. It time for impeachement - Bush, with the way the clearly, with intent to do so, turned the DOJ into political tool to promote lies have thus already shown that neither Bush or Cheney have any respect for laws, and that indeed they are capable of committing any crime, making up ANY lie.

Posted by: Me_again at July 21, 2007 10:57 PM

Thanks Magpie, you really got this one out there in a hurry. It's all over the place... Avedon, Carpetbagger...

See you at Pickathon?

Posted by: Thomas Ware at July 22, 2007 04:10 PM