Two fine articles in Truthout this morning.
and one cool Youtube story (TYT) on the border fence
In the first article, Jeremy Scahill writes abut John Cusack’s latest film War inc., a MASH-like social satire on the corporatization of the Iraq war. The second article is about Peter Schey seeking a preliminary injunction at the border for border towns suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Bush Administration over construction of the border fence, which is being built in an illegal, arrogant and stupid way.
The border spectacle connects both articles because Cusack’s War, Inc., could easily have a sequel called, The Border, Inc. Same patterns, different locale.
The Texas lawsuit argues that Bush is making unconstitutional use of eminent domain by building the fence on the property of dozens of border residents, some of whom have had the land in their families for more than 250 years since receiving a land grant from the spanish viceroy. DHS is forcing people off their land without consultation, providing just compensation or fair process.
Not only is Michael Chertoff and Bushco cavalierly disregarding the constitution, they are doing so to advance the interests of Boeing, its subsdiary– Power Contracting, and Republican donors Sundt Construction, and Kiewit Brothers. Sundt is known for having built the secretive Los Alamos, and Kiewit built the secretive NSA facility at Fort Gordon. Since the Army Corps of Engineer contracts with these companies could be revoked upon the inauguration of a new president, the administration is in a mad rush to finish doling out contracts and sinking financial, administrative infrastructure costs before the end of the year, personal and public property be damned.
Consider this. Bushco is not even eviscerating the constitution for its own misguided principles: unitary executive or other wacko, unconstitutional neocon stuff, but rather, it is using its unitary powers thesis to advance the cause of its corporate cronies, buds, donors, and friends. Payola and Payback on the most grotesque scale.
And once again, livelihoods and human lives are disregarded along the way.