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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Yet another thing completely insane about our new law

From Robert Shull:
In passing the Iraq War Supplemental yesterday, the Senate also gave the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to waive any and all law in the course of building roads and barriers along the U.S. borders -- without limit and with no checks and balances. The measure is part of the "REAL ID Act of 2005," the controversial immigration bill attached by the House as a rider to the Iraq war supplemental.

The consequence of this decision is that Congress has given one man a license to waive any law, for any reason or for no reason at all. Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security, now has the power to simply waive away laws that protect the environment, safeguard public health, ensure consumer and workplace safety, prevent unfair business practices, and ban discrimination -- at his sole and unreviewable discretion.
It's about 32 miles from here to the closest point on the border with Canada. And Michael Chertoff, our very own Gestapo director, can break any laws he wants in the name of protecting the border.

I'm coming to the conclusion that the government just out-and-out hates us.