When I was chairman in ’94 I introduced a major antiterrorism bill–back then. I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing. And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill. Joe Biden, October 2001 discussing the Patriot Act.
He got the year wrong, it was 1995, but he has claimed similar things at other times – that he should be given credit for the Patriot Act. And he supported the “Real ID Act” which makes the Patriot Act look bland in terms of privacy violations. Nationalized, electronic record, government controlled health care will make both Acts above look like sweet little bunnies in comparison.
Memphis police beat someone and it is caught on tape in booking area. Thugs in Memphis, looks like the SS in Germany. Those officers should be in jail, not just fired:
Senators Mel Martinez and Diane Feinstein along with 11 co-sponsors include Barack Obama have authored a bill creating a national finger-print registry according to analysis of the bill. Yet another step towards asurveillancesociety. And another hint of the type of “Change” that Barack Obama will support – fewer freedoms.
Martinez press release: http://martinez.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsReleases.View&ContentRecord_id=89001ad0-4718-47ed-8145-7c7398179489&IsTextOnly=False
Heritage Foundation on the issue:http://blog.heritage.org/2008/06/09/obama-among-supporters-of-national-fingerprint-registry/
This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America. – Barack Obama, June 3, 2008
Yes, if something is great, you typically want to remake it.
The United States Congress has issued a formal declaration of War on 5 occasions:
- War of 1812 vs United Kingdom (June 18, 1812 – December 24, 1814)
- Mexican-American War vs Mexico (May 13, 1846-February 2, 1848) – Declaration of War occurred after America and Mexico had commenced hostilities.
- Spanish-American War vs Spain (April 1898-December 10, 1898)
- World War I vs Germany/Austria-Hungary (December 17, 1917-)
- World War II vs Japan (Dec 8, 1941), Germany/Italy (December 11, 1941) Bulgaria/Hungary/Romania (June 5-1942).
The United States has acted militarily without prior declaration of War from Congress on at least 125 other occasions, including Korea in 1950, The Philippine-American War (1898-1903), the war against the Apache nation from around 1840-1886, Vietnam.
The “Police Actions” clause, the War Powers Act (1973) and United Nations Security Council Resolutions have been used to address questions of legality.
The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius Ryan
Flags of our Fathers
D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls, Winston Groom
Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, Jonathan Parshall (and Miracle At Midway, Gordon W. Prange)
Ship Of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, James Hornfischer
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission, Hampton Sides
In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, Doug Stanton
Obama claims to have visited 57 U.S. states during the campaign:
… it is just wonderful to be back in Oregon, and over the last 15 months we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in fifty …. seven states? I think one left to go. One left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit but my staff would not justify it.