Tuesday, May 22, 2012

First indefinite detention. Now your assets can be seized if you criticize the war in Yemen

Thankfully, my "assets" pretty much consistent of $11.62 in an old savings account and a will leaving same to be distributed "by law."

Because now President Obama is apparently coming for me, and others who oppose US involvement in Yemen:

President Obama plans to issue an executive order Wednesday giving the Treasury Department authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone who “obstructs” implementation of the administration-backed political transition in Yemen.
The unusual order, which administration officials said alsotargets U.S. citizens who engage in activity deemed to threaten Yemen’s security or political stability, is the first issued for Yemen that does not directly relate to counterterrorism.
You could reasonably argue, I guess, that my own little posts on Yemen are so inconsequential that nobody could possibly want to freeze my assets (unless some Treasury Department agent really wants a cheap pizza, which is about what they would buy), but you'd be wrong.

The Obama administration has prosecuted people for speaking out against the so-called "War on Terror," has suggested that people could rceive the death sentence without trials, has executed American citizens abroad without notice or due process, and has asked for the power to detain American citizens indefinitely.

So let's be clear:  I oppose US involvement in Yemen.  I believe that US intervention and imposition of one-party rule in Yemen (ala Guatemala in the 1950s) is a disaster, and that "Yemen's security" is a euphemism for a foreign policy based on militarism and intimidation.

If anything I write is capable of threatening Yemen's security or stability, my $11.62 is waiting.

Why is it that anybody wants to re-elect this man?

Because he pretended to give you health care while he was removing your civil rights?

1 comment:

tom said...

And any day now, the IRS will be able to revoke your passport simply by alleging that you owe more than $50,000 in taxes--no proof necessary.

This lovely little bit of stealth fascism appears in the Transportation bill H.R.4348 / S.1813 AKA "MAP-21" which sailed through both the House and Senate and is now in a Conference Committee, once again demonstrating how desperately we need the Read the Bills Act and the One Subject at a Time Act.