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give 'em hell, harry!
« on: January 21, 2006, 04:05:06 PM »
[remember:  they hate us for our freedom!]

Belafonte Continues Tirade Against Bush

By VERENA DOBNIK, AP
   
NEW YORK (Jan. 21) - Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the national Homeland Security department to the Gestapo and attacked the president as a liar during a fiery Saturday speech.

"We've come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended," Belafonte told thousands of people at the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference.

"You can be arrested and not charged, you can be arrested and have no right to counsel," said Belafonte, who called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" during a trip to Venezuela two weeks ago. Belafonte, 78, made that comment after a meeting with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

The Harlem-born Belafonte, who was raised in Jamaica, said his activism was inspired by an impoverished mother "who imbued in me that we should never capitulate to oppression."

He acknowledged that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks demanded a reaction by the United States, but charged that the policies of the Bush administration were not the right response

Bush, he said, was a president "who has risen to power somewhat dubiously and ... then lies to the people of this nation, misleads them, misinstructs, and then sends off hundreds of thousands of our own boys and girls to a foreign land that has not aggressed against us."





Re: give 'em hell, harry!
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2006, 11:55:39 PM »
You've got to be kidding me...

Re: give 'em hell, harry!
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2006, 01:24:32 AM »
ROFL  :D

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Re: give 'em hell, harry!
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2006, 05:28:20 AM »
You've got to be kidding me...

why, no.

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Re: give 'em hell, harry!
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2006, 05:29:32 AM »
ROFL :D

and now you got lint all over your sweater.

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Re: give 'em hell, harry!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2006, 05:30:52 AM »
entertainers should not get involved in politics. they frequently come off as ridiculous, even worse they make those who agree with them to some degree come off as ridiculous, even worse people who sometimes assume that they are well-informed and qualified to form opinions.

you right.  field should be left to such geniuses as chris matthews.

Re: give 'em hell, harry!
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2006, 11:13:54 AM »
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"We've come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,"

The Gestapo rounded up MILLIONS of people for brutal murder, the comparison is very off-base.  Comparing Saddam Hussein to the Gestapo would be off base.  bin Laden's ideology is analogous to the Gestapo's, however he has not, and will not, reach the level of tyranny and absolute evil the Gestapo did.

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"You can be arrested and not charged, you can be arrested and have no right to counsel,"

Yes.  You certainly can be.  But only if you're an enemy combatant.  This is standard operating procedure and is how every war has ever been fought.

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He acknowledged that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks demanded a reaction by the United States, but charged that the policies of the Bush administration were not the right response

What would be the right response?  Going to Afghanistan for tea, crumpets, and a nice peace talk with al Qaeda and the Taliban?  Ask Israel about trying to negotiate with those of a terrorist mentality.  Here's a hint: it doesn't work.