If St. Petersburg does enact No-Protest Zones, tourists and conventioneers should take their business elsewhere -- to cities that proclaim themselves "Constitution Protection Zones."
I am about to start testing the concept of 'free speech' in Canada. My hypothesis is that 'free speech' is a myth in Canada as well as in St. Petersburgh.
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. . . The September 2000 report of PNAC entitled "Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies Forces and Resources for a New Century" was itself an update of a 1992 paper written by Dick Cheney, Secretary for Defence in the first Bush administration. The intellectual antecedents of the argument in the September 2000 report are also set out in frank detail in the 1997 book The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security advisor in the Carter administration.
The PNAC report called for unprecedented increases in US military spending, establishing military bases in Central Asia and the Middle East, toppling non-compliant regimes, abrogation of international treaties, control of the world's energy resources, militarization of outer space, total control of cyberspace, and a willingness to use nuclear weapons to achieve American goals.
The PNAC members recognised that in order to persuade the American people of such a radical shift in government policy required a "cataclysmic event of the magnitude of Pearl Harbour." Such an event duly arrived on September 11 2001, eight months after George Bush's appointment as President by the US Supreme Court (4) . . .
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The Project for the New American Century.
William Rivers Pitt: 02/25/03
The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington-based think tank created in 1997. Above all else, PNAC desires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global American empire to bend the will of all nations. They chafe at the idea that the United States, the last remaining superpower, does not do more by way of economic and military force to bring the rest of the world under the umbrella of a new socio-economic Pax Americana. . . .
. . . . On September 11th, the fellows from PNAC saw a door of opportunity open
wide before them, and stormed right through it. . . .
. . . Bush released on September 20th 2001 the "National Security Strategy of theUnited States of America." It is an ideological match to PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses" report issued a year earlier. In many places, it uses exactly the same language to describe America's new place in the world.
Recall that PNAC demanded an increase in defense spending to at least 3.8% of GDP. Bush's proposed budget for next year asks for $379 billion in defense spending, almost exactly 3.8% of GDP. . . .
. . . . There will be adverse side effects. The siege mentality average Americans are suffering as they smother behind yards of plastic sheeting and duct tape will increase by orders of magnitude as our aggressions bring forth new terrorist attacks against the homeland. These attacks will require the implementation of the newly drafted Patriot Act II, an augmentation of the previous Act that has profoundly sharper teeth. The sun will set on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The American economy will be ravaged by the need for increased defense spending, and by the aforementioned "constabulary" duties in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Former allies will turn on us. Germany, France and the other nations resisting this Iraq war are fully aware of this game plan. They are not acting out of cowardice or because they love Saddam Hussein, but because they mean to resist this rising American empire, lest they face economic and military serfdom at the hands of George W. Bush. Richard Perle has already stated that France is no longer an American ally. . . .
. . . . The plan was running smoothly until those two icebergs collided. Millions and millions of ordinary people are making it very difficult for Bush's international allies to keep to the script. PNAC may have designs for the control of the "International Commons" of the Internet, but for now it is the staging ground for a movement that would see empire take a back seat to a wise peace, human rights, equal protection under the law, and the preponderance of a justice that will, if properly applied, do away forever with the anger and hatred that gives birth to terrorism in the first place.
Tommaso Palladini of Milan perhaps said it best as he marched with his countrymen in Rome. "You fight terrorism," he said, "by creating more justice in the world." . . .
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