Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich took the Bush administration to task yesterday for their decision to use U.S. spy satellites for domestic surveillance. Kucinich also accused the administration of laying the groundwork for a war with Iran. “Not only are they ramping up their attempts to lie and deceive this nation into another war, they are also using those lies and deceptions to justify creating a police state right here where everyone is under suspicion and everyone is secretly under surveillance from Big Brother in the sky,” Kucinich said.

Kucinich also reacted to a report that the administration is going to designate Iran’s National Guard a terrorist organization. “By labeling the Revolutionary Guard – Iran’s military – as a terrorist organization, the Administration is trying to deceive the American public into believing that it is in our national interest to prepare for war with Iran. At the same time, they are, in effect, repealing the Constitution of the United States of America by turning military and foreign intelligence assets against our own citizens.”

Kucinich also said that what the Bush administration is doing with the spy satellites is unconstitutional.  “These are people who don’t understand what civil liberties are, what the Constitution represents, or what democracy is all about. What they are doing is despicably un-American and a violation of their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America. Turning our own military assets against our own people is a flagrant violation of everything this nation stands for and a crime against our citizens.”

“The Patriot Act itself, which I voted against, has already shredded sections of the Constitution and abridged Americans’ civil liberties with illegal search and seizure, warrantless wiretaps, and other rights’ violations without judicial or legislative oversight,” Kucinich said. “Now, with this new domestic spying plan, every American can be under surveillance for any reason at any time of the day or night,” Kucinich said.

He called the designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization an attempt to deceive the American people into another war, “The Bush Administration is using this designation to convince the American public into accepting that a war with Iran is inevitable.” He said the move “will set the stage for more chaos in the region because it undercuts all of our diplomatic efforts and provides further evidence to Iran’s leaders that the Bush Administration is rattling the saber for regime change.”

It is interesting that none of the top Democrats have stood up to protest this expansion of the domestic spying program. I guess they are all afraid of looking like they are soft on terrorism. I don’t agree with Kucinich that we are setting the stage for a full blown conflict with Iran. What I do believe is that the Americans want the power to go after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard because they are helping the insurgency in Iraq. Kucinich is correct in thinking that engaging the Revolutionary Guard would expand this war even more. I agree with his point, but not his reasoning. Kucinich, Gravel, and Paul seem to be the only candidates in both parties who care about civil rights. It is a shame that none of these three will win a nomination.

Kucinich Press Release 

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics 

Jason can also be heard every Sunday at 7:00 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse
 
 

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