Monday, November 06, 2006

enduring freedom 

The Military Commissions Act, which legalizes indefinite secret detention and torture, and gives the President shiny new powers to declare martial law, was passed this month. New Halliburton detention facilities are under construction across the land, and apparently the CIA has requested that tortured prisoners be prohibited from speaking about their experiences after they're released.

If you're thinking about getting the fuck out of this sick farce of a country you might want to move up the timetable on your plans:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSA) has proposed that all airlines and cruise lines be required to obtain clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the United States.

"This proposed rule implements the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requirement that such information be provided to the government before departure of the aircraft. This proposed rule provides air carriers a choice between transmitting complete manifests no later than 60-minutes prior to departure of the aircraft or transmitting manifest information on passengers as each passenger checks in for the flight, up to but no later than 15 minutes prior to departure."

"Under both options, the carrier will not permit the boarding of a passenger unless the passenger has been cleared by CBP (Customs and Border Protection)."

When the DHS system comes into effect next January, your U.S. Passport won't matter, if the agency says "no" to a clearance request, or doesn't answer the request at all, you won't be permitted to enter-or leave-the United States. The decision would probably be made without a warrant, and come with many violations to your rights.


Personally, I prefer Mexico to Canada, but I believe there should be open and vigorous public debate about which is the better choice for sane people. After all, isn't that what democracy is all about?


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