Look Out, Hillary

Now that the Pentagon has said your comments and disclosure are tantamount reinforcing enemy propaganda,

Issuing a stunning rocket, one of the Pentagon’s top officials sent a letter to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier this week that essentially told her that any outline of plans for withdrawing American troops from Iraq is tantamount to reinforcing “enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if your property is seized: (I’ve highlighted the parts pertinent to your situation, ma’am.)

all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;

(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

This could potentially be veeeeeeery interesting.  Slashdot implies this executive order (which hasn’t been very publicized) violates the 5th amendment:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Always remember these words:

And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.

–Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833


7 thoughts on “Look Out, Hillary

  1. I’m not sure it’s appropriate to laugh at the breakdown and destruction of one of the basic principles of our society, namely the freedom of speech, particularly political speech. I’m not Hilary supporter, but equating her alternative approach to Iraq to terrorist propaganda is just stupid and wrong, even if they don’t seize her property.

    This damn country is becoming more and more like the late U.S.S.R. every damn day.

  2. Personally I think it’s just poor wording on the part of the guy who wrote the letter. Happens all the time. Trust me.

    For the Pentagon to say, “We’re not going to discuss future plans prematurely and in public” is one thing; to say “No one should discuss possible options” is another. And I think this letter blurs those lines, and that’s why everyone’s all atwitter.

    My point was more about that ridiculous executive order that’s bound to be overturned if the SCOTUS indeed has any intention of being strict constructionists, as they are perpetually portrayed.

  3. My comment was primarily in reference to Jerry R. Reynolds’ comment. However, even reading the letter, I see no reason as to why my opinion of the ridiculousness should change.

    It is an utterly specious argument to say, “Even talking about withrdrawl upsets our Iraqi allies.” Well, tough. That’s just insane, that I or any politician or anyone, for that matter, can’t say the “new” way forward looks a lot like the old way forward and they’re both the wrong way. The last I knew, the whole reason we were over there was because we wanted to ensure the terrorists wouldn’t come over here and take away our freedoms. Evidently the tactic is now to give those freedoms up so when the terrorists get here they won’t have anything to take possibly?

  4. Our Iraqi “allies” are upset? My heart bleeds. Truly.

    Given the fact that half of our friendly Shia clerics are also in bed with Iran… that the Iraqi Parliament can’t seem to hold any sessions without the Speaker of the House slapping somebody (literally)… that officials at the Interior Ministry is supposedly in league with Al-Sadr’s death squads… that PM Al-Maliki seems bent on provoking Turkey and the other Sunni countries into all out war… that the Iraqi government sided with Hezbollah during the recent Lebanon war…

    Forgive me if I don’t get a rat’s behind whether our Iraqi “allies” are upset or not.

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