a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
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Holy Martial Law, Batman!

The House GOP Leadership is apparently moving to pass H.R. 418, "The
REAL ID Act of 2005," in the House THIS WEEK. This is the bill that
would give Homeland Security the power to suspend all laws!

The Rules Committee is moving fast. From their website:

"Dear Colleague:

The Rules Committee has announced that it may meet the week of
February 7, 2005 to grant a rule which could limit the amendment
process for floor consideration of H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act of 2005.

Any Member who wishes to offer an amendment should submit 55 copies
of the amendment and one copy of a brief explanation of the amendment
to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 12 noon on
Tuesday, February 8, 2005. A copy of the form used to submit
amendments to the Rules Committee is on the back of this letter.
Members should draft their amendments to the bill as introduced on
January 26, 2005."

H.R. 418 is the bill that contains the infamous "Section 102" --
which would give the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to
waive, at his absolute discretion, any and all laws he deems
necessary to waive in order to expedite construction of barriers and
roads in the vicinity of the U.S. border. He decides what is
necessary to waive! He decides the scope of his own authority,
really, because his decision is NOT REVIEWABLE BY ANY COURT!

Think: Goodbye, environmental laws. Goodbye, labor laws. Goodbye,
whisteblower protections. Goodbye, democracy.

Apparently, any amendment to strip this language or modify this
language must be filed with the Rules Committee by noon on Tuesday,
2/8. Then the Rules Committee decides whether to allow a vote by the
House on the amendment. But based on the Rules Committee website
notice, it sounds like they don't want to allow any amendments:
"...to grant a rule which could limit the amendment process..."

Guess who chairs the Rules Committee: Rep. David Drier (R-CA) -- the
Congressman who proposed this language to usurp the rule of law in
the first place! He proposed this language for the 9/11 bill last
year, but it was ultimately stripped from the final bill.

Read more about this issue here
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