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Obama's First Test: Will He Confront Proposed 'New Powers to Spy on Americans'?

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The American people simply must rise up to demand that Bush and the 'telecoms' apologize for having violated the rights of every American. It is time to organize to investigate, document and prosecute. If corporations persist in breaking the law, then 'corporate pershonhood' --that loop hole that grants them the privileges of 'personhood' without the responsibilities -- then they should be either denied 'corporate personhood' or tried en masse like any individual similarly charged.

The era of corporate privilege must end! Any Federal Judge can, upon his own motion, convene a Grand Jury to hear the case against Bush. Any Grand Jury already convened can upon his own volition subpoena anyone inside the Bush administration now! I urge any such panel to do so. It is time to bring this 'reign of terror' to an end. Certainly, the powers claimed by Bush enabled him to wage war upon the people of the US. He has threatened them with imperious and arbitrary imprisonment, denied them phone calls, habeas corpus, the right of counsel. There is another, precise legal term to describe the actions of a 'government' that wages war upon his citizenry. That word is high treason. In the venerable past, those breaking that law were either hanged or decapitated! McCain's position on widespread domestic surveillance does not differ from the Bush position. Rather than 'going along', the Democrats must draw a line in the sand. Obama must demonstrate now that he is of 'Presidential' material. Obama must demonstrate that he represents change, a breath of fresh air, a new birth of freedom in a country that has been tyrannized --not by 'terrorists' who may or may not exist --but by a criminal junta inside the White House! Now Democrats must stand for change or they become a part of the problem. Indications that they may 'go along' with the McCain/Bush position are ominous. Obama faces a 'dangerous opportunity'. A wrong decision now threatens his campaign at the outset. A correct decision represents an opportunity for both Obama, his future, and that of the nation. A wrong decision will expose the rotten underbelly of the Democratic party. A correct decision will redeem it by saving the nation, all but lost under Bush. We have but one Constitution and, it would appear, but one chance to save it. Additional resources

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