16 January 2012

America. Land of the free to do what you want.

It was just a matter of time before the U.S. abused its powers and changed the rules to suit its self and it did just that this week as it flexed its muscles and managed to bend the rules of the Extradition treaty it signed with Britain and have a student from Sheffield extradited, not as a terrorist or even a suspected terrorist but for running a website that linked to pirate sites and sites that streamed movies, cartoons and TV shows. Needless to say Great Britain did as it was told like the good bitch it is and made it so that this most hanus of criminals lost his case and now might face extradition to America to face trial, even though what he did is technically not a crime in this (his) country.

This is not the first time America has changed the rules to get what it wants regardless of the consequences or the civil rights of its people. Since 9/11 America has gained powers which are worrying to say the least. Powers that in short give National security powers to do what the hell they want including but no doubt not limited to:

Assassination of U.S. citizens
Indefinite detention
No right to a civilian trial
Warrantless searches
Secret Evidence
US officials have immunity from War Crimes prosecution
Secret courts with secret evidence
Immunity from Judicial review
Continuous monitoring of citizens
Extraordinary rendition

(Taken from The Washington Posts "10 Reasons why America is no longer the land of the free")

As Tim O`Reilly points out (I paraphrase) It was bad enough to blame Bush for introducing these bills after 9/11 under the guise of Anti terrorism but what is inexcusable is how the Obama administration have extended these powers to the point now where they can tell a country that they want one of its citizens extradited for breaking an American law while not even in America. (Not a direct quote from Tim O`Reilly)

Let me ask you. What next? At what point do we say No? You can not do this.

To end with I would like to quote Jonathan Turley the author of "10 Reasons why America is no longer the land of the free" and Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University.

Dishonesty from politicians is nothing new for Americans. The real question is whether we are lying to ourselves when we call this country the land of the free.

I have it so good..

Let me give you a quick update before I start, trying he kitchen? It's still being put together, we just need the kitchen units fastened...