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On July 17 of 2007, George W. Bush issued an executive order “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq”. Under this order any persons who threaten the peace and stability of Iraq or the Iraqi Government. All of this seems fine and dandy, people who try to mess up Iraq get their Assets frozen, but thats not all that it does, it also applies to people who are “undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people”.

So now, anti war protest can result in the blocking of your property, but is Bush just falling in line with other presidents during times of war? The Sedition Act of 1918 made it illegal to speak any protest about a war at all, lest you be thrown in jail for up to 20 years. Eugene V. Debs was thrown in jail for 10 years for making a speech that undermined military recruitment.

How far with this Executive order carry? Will T-Shirts, bumper-stickers, and Anti-War keychains become punishable by the blocking of your property?

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq


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This small New England state may be the second least populous in the country, but it has been known to take politics very seriously with a long history of independent thinking. This past Tuesday, 3/6/07, as town meetings were held across the state, this independent thinking may have re-written the history books for the White House. Ordinarily town meetings would go unnoticed, but amidst the budgets and local contract decisions, there were two resolutions on the Vermont town dockets: the first, to bring the troops home from Iraq without further delay; and the second, Article 23, which listed reasons for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

So what does this mean for the two top dogs? Well, in Vermont it may be days before we know what the tally will be on Article 23, but it does send a message loud and clear – “we’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” Are you listening, President Bush and Vice-President Cheney?