Seig HeilNot too long ago, TBT loyalist Disco Destroyer (dude, I think you're my only audience with this blog) tipped me off in my HaloScan about Bush intending on imposing martial law on America. Now, I was skeptical about it because I figured it was a conspiracy theory and in no way shape or form would the Ol' Shrubster try anything that fuckin' stupid.
Boy, was I wrong ...
President Bush, stirring debate on the worrisome possibility of a bird flu pandemic, suggested dispatching American troops to enforce quarantines in any areas with outbreaks of the killer virus.
Bush asserted aggressive action could be needed to prevent a potentially crippling U.S. outbreak of a bird flu strain that is sweeping through Asian poultry and causing experts to fear it could become the next deadly pandemic. Citing concern that state and local authorities might be unable to contain and deal with such an outbreak, Bush asked Congress to give him the authority to call in the military.
Whoa! Wait a sec -- I thought the Ghestapo-erm, I mean, the PATRIOT ACT give him that power?!? If not, then I'm sure Ashcroft and Ridge are voicing their displeasure: "Fuck! I knew we forgot something!!"
Here's the ominous part:
Dr. Irwin Redlener, associate dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and director of its National Center for Disaster Preparedness, called the president's suggestion an "extraordinarily draconian measure" that would be unnecessary if the nation had built the capability for rapid vaccine production, ensured a large supply of anti-virals like Tamiflu, and not allowed the degradation of the public health system.
"The translation of this is martial law in the United States," Redlener said.
Ahah, so that's why President Bushitler wanted Gov. Blanco to hand over control of the National Guard in the wake of Katrina -- he wanted to conduct a "martial law" test excercise on a small city to gauge it's acceptance and it's effectiveness as a barometer for declaring martial law on a grand scale in case of another national emergency such as a another terrorist attack ... or a health epidemic. Fucking rightwing fascist bastard.
Despite the fact of the Republican "ownership society" in Washington, I doubt very much Congress will grant the use of this power because Congress's approval ratings are just as bad as Bush's right now and his campaigning days are over. The GOP, on the other hand, has 2006 to worry about if they want to keep the trifecta. Some Republicans are allready distancing themselves from Bush as they want to win re-election because the alternative is having Democrats take over ... and with that comes soepena power -- something the Republicans don't want in light of PlameGate, FEMA-Gate, Tom DeLay's conspiracy & money laundering scandal, Jack Abramoff's scandal, and Frist's insider trading deals.
Bush won't pass "Go".
Bush won't collect $200.