Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Road to Serfdom

Thanks to Harleydog, the very bright mind over at Prudens Speculari, for bringing the following brand new Executive Order to my attention:

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq
...notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:


(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;


Sec. 5. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that, because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render these measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this order...

Who get's to decide what constitutes undermining efforts at stabilizing Iraq? Writing a blog or article that criticizes the approach taken? To whom can you appeal? If all of your assets are instantly blocked, what resources will you have to appeal with?

God help us all.

I suggest you all go find your copy of The Road to Serfdom and re-read Chapter 10. Then go give a few bucks to Ron Paul. The Republic needs him now, more than ever.

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