Tamera Jo Freeman was reportedly one of at least 208 passengers who have been convicted of felonies under the Patriot Act — a highly controversial, unconstitutional law forced upon the American public after 9/11 — often for behavior involving drunkenness, raised voices and profanity, allowing airlines to misuse the law according to some experts.
In 2007, Freeman was on a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver with her two children when they began fighting over the window shade, and ended up spilling a Bloody Mary into her lap. She spanked each child with three swats on the thigh. It was a small incident that ended up having ridiculously enormous ramifications for Freeman and her children.
When a flight attendant confronted Freeman, she responded by throwing what remained of a can of tomato juice from her drink on the floor and uttering a few profanities.
The incident on that Frontier flight ended up resulting in Freeman’s arrest and conviction for a federal felony defined as an act of terrorism under the Patriot Act. She spent three months in jail before pleading guilty in exchange for being released on probation.
Once again our illustrious Congress is reportedly rushing illicit legislation through without much debate and no time for anyone to read it: legislation regarding Net Neutrality rules are buried inside the 258-page legislation (PDF) of the proposed “Stimulus” bill.
With the typical propagandic reasoning utilized with scare-tactic manipulation, backers of the $825 billion legislation that is allegedly intended to “stimulate” the economy are claiming (PDF) that speedy approval is vital because the nation is in “a crisis not seen since the Great Depression” and “the economy is shutting down.”
This is reminiscent of the fraudulent Financial Bailout that was rushed through Congress under the threat of Martial Law being imposed if it wasn’t passed. Few had time to read or comprehend the illicit legislation before it was ramrodded down their collective throats. Inserting sneaky, deceptive requirements into legislation while rushing it through for a vote has been one of the standard operating procedures in Congress for the past several years.
IRS Snooping, Internet gambling restrictions and library filtering laws are among the many results achieved in that manner.
Our tax dollars are hard at work killing innocent Palestinian women and children, and UN aid workers: U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell recently introduced a non-binding resolution that passed in the U.S. Senate calling for a cease-fire in Gaza while voicing support for Israel in its fight against Hamas, which comes as no surprise when you consider how the U.S. Congress — who is receiving a nice little raise this year — has treated Americans the past eight years and the fact that the Israeli Lobby owns Congress.
The resolution was promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and it effectively endorses Israel’s war on Gaza. The Israeli lobby has also been busy creating more propaganda. A new ‘commercial’ that tries to make you think Israel is the victim is pathetically laughable. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about the Gaza debacle in the near future.
As the Israeli slaughter of Gazans continues running rampant, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this travesty may be serving three purposes: taking attention away from the Fraudulent Financial Bailout committed by the U.S. Government against its citizens, starting a war with Iran, and taking all the natural gas that is in Gaza.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a similar measure. The Senate resolutions reaffirms “strong U.S. support” for Israel in its ongoing battle with Hamas and recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks launched from Gaza.
With less than three weeks left to go before President George W. Bush leaves office, the attempts to rewrite his legacy are starting to shift into overdrive — Laura Bush, Condoleeza Rice, and John Bolton are among the most recent minions who are busily trying to justify Bush’s criminal regime — as anything goes to save Bush’s legacy woes.
As noted by Helen Thomas, a columnist for Hearst Newspapers, both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are leaving office, passing the disaster of their making on to President-elect Barack Obama, with no remorse and no regrets. For now I’ll focus on President Bush and his legacy. More information on Vice President Dick Cheney’s legacy of deception can be found in this article from The Nation. It has become rather entertaining watching the attempts to justify Bush’s Imperial Presidency. Many of Bush’s atrocities were committed with the blessings of many in Washington.
Courtesy of Bush, the U.S. became the recipient of illegal wars, Guantanamo, torture and rendition, an economy that was raped and pillaged by corporate greed and deregulation, gross negligence in the handling of the destruction of New Orleans, destruction of civil liberties and Constitutional protections at home, illegal surveillance and wiretapping, a politicized ‘Justice’ Department, a politicized Federal Court system, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court and a ruined reputation abroad among many other things.
The hypocrisy from the Bush administration regarding torture is astounding. If it weren’t for the fact that many died while being illegally tortured — with written approval from President Bush — at the hands of the U.S., it could be considered funny. After trying to rewrite laws and justifying his use of torture and claiming impunity with colluded legal opinions from Justice Department lawyers, Bush’s Justice Department wants the son of a former Liberian President imprisoned for 147 years for torturing people when he was chief of a brutal paramilitary unit during his father’s reign. In other words, the Bush administration wants torture committed by political leaders to be punished in a court of law while trying to justify Bush’s use of torture. Incredible.