Nothing really earth-shattering here. Bush's regime has been always one that wanted to expand executive powers, while compromising the basic tenets of the Constitution of the United States.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Keith Olbermann on Countdown Monday night (hat-tip the Raw Story):
“This administration was seeking a massive expansion of presidential power and national security powers before 9/11. 9/11 was highly convenient in that case… I'm not saying that they welcomed it, but when it happened, it was a great opportunity to seize powers that they have long wanted at the FBI.”
One should note that Turley is the same professor working on Ali Timimi's case PROBONO! While some of our Muslim brethren actively cheer the indictment or suppression of whom they consider the “lunatic” fringe, these American scholars see Timimi's case as a referendum for the basic freedoms and liberties of all Americans. People like Turley are fighting for Timimi obviously not because he is a Muslim scholar, but rather that he is an American citizen. There is a lesson in it for all of us. When we start looking at such cases as being limited to “them” and “others”… that we don't have to worry as long as we remain good, then I have news for you. Yesterday it was them, tomorrow it will be us. How long before the definition of what constitutes unacceptable speech reaches the recitation of the very Qurʾān? When we start getting Attorney Generals who hold spite for Muslims, like quite possibly Mukasey. Unless of course we fight to protect our rights as citizens of this country… to engage in our freedoms of religion and speech. Not violent speech of course, but speech that is protected by the fabric of this country. If you yourself can't do anything, at least support those who are. You could start with CAIR of course! YOU MUST SEE THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:
- 9/11 is Over
- “Injudicious and Malicious” Judge Mukasey : An Attorney General Nightmare For Muslims?
- MuslimMatters Endorses CAIR for Ramadan's Charity of Choice
- Nexus of Politics and Terror
- Keith Olbermann on “Islamofascist” Week
- Countdown Special: Bush/Cheney Should Resign
- 14 Year Flashback: Accusations of 'Fundamentalism' and 'Terrorism' – by Ali Timimi