I mentioned this in an earlier post, but take a look at the details of this new attack on your rights by Bush.
Executive Order issued by Bush 7/17/07
The order will block the use of "/all property and interests in property" /(including bank accounts?) of the following persons,
1. /"any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,"/to have committed violence to destabilize Iraq. That means no trial, no hearing, just three cabinet members consult, and one makes the decision. If this is not unconstitutional it ought to be.
2. Further, the order promises the same punishment for any person giving aid to someone whose property has been taken. This includes anyone found by the Secretary of the Treasury
/ "to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order." / Does this include speaking on behalf of a such a person? Or writing in a blog in favor of such a person?
3. Additionally the order will block the funds and property of those who provide the following to persons whose property is blocked. / "(i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order, and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person."/ This seems to include anyone, even a relative, who in any way helps out the person whose property is blocked. That would include providing living space, food, living expenses, and may even include under the term "provision" anyone who sells goods or services to a person who is blocked. Would "services" also include advocating on that person's behalf. Would a lawyer not be permitted to represent the person? It seems also to include anyone who accepts a gift from such a person.
The order seems designed to make homeless paupers out of anyone whom the Secretary of the Treasury -- an unelected official -- deems to be a threat to Iraq's "stability." And that's whether violence is involved or not. And it is aimed also those who help that person, not in planning the violence, but after the person's property has been blocked.
Another step on the road to dictatorship.