Update: The U.S. and the 1933 Reichstag Fire Decree

This is the promised update on the bold assertion I made in the post “Is UCLA the new Kent State”.  I think it should be clear that I am not suggesting that the police killed that student as happened at Kent State.  However, what I am suggesting is that this act is emblematic of a larger problem much more serious than Kent State and I think this post should clarify why I think that is the case.

(I apologize in advance for the formatting of this table.  The font colour, line structure and colour all seem to go weird when I publish this post)

English Translation of the 1933 Reichstag Fire Decree  USA PATRIOT Act, Military Commissions Act, and other enabling acts
Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State. N/A
On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence: N/A
§ 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. As provided by the Constitution and by this section, the President has the authority for the United States to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions… MCA sec. 6(a)(3)(A)]
 It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom [ habeas corpus ] ~In General- No person may invoke the Geneva Conventions or any protocols thereto in any habeas corpus or other civil action or proceeding to which the United States, or a current or former officer, employee, member of the Armed Forces, or other agent of the United States is a party as a source of rights in any court of the United States or its States or territories. [MCA sec. 5(a)]                                        ~No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of an alien detained by the United States who has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination. [MCA sec. 5(e)(1)]
, freedom of opinion, America is free… unless you happen to disagree with the U.S. government or the economic system.  See: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/12-05/12-17-05/a09lo650.htm
including the freedom of the press, America doesn’t jail its reporters…. Unless you’re Judith Miller and work for the New York Times.  The Republican Party has also struck at freedom of the press by paying U.S. reporters to support administration policies n domestic newspapers.  Reporters the White House paid off include: Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, Michael McManus.
 the freedom to organize and assemble,  It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization). [18 U.S.C. § 2339A]  What makes an organization terroristic? The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act s.219 states that it’s simply any organization designated as such by the Secretary of State.
the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications, and warrants for house searches,  Bush?  Wiretaps?  Nah!
orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed. N/A (the U.S. would never do anything to property holders unless you’re a Japanese American in the 1940s)

1 Response to “Update: The U.S. and the 1933 Reichstag Fire Decree”

  1. 1 Florian 28 January, 2007 at 9:52 pm

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