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Russia parliament votes to strengthen KGB successor

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June 11, 2010, 5:03 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters

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MOSCOW, June 11 (Reuters) - Russia's parliament on Friday voted to boost the powers of the successor to the Soviet KGB, allowing it to summon people it believes are about to commit a crime and threaten jail for those who disobey its orders. Rights groups said the proposed regulations could be used by the FSB security service to detain opposition activists and independent journalists and undermine President Dmitry Medvedev's promises to foster civil rights.

"It's a step toward a police state," said Vladimir Ulas, a member of the opposition Communist Party. "It is effectively a ban on any real opposition activity."

The bill, which would allow the FSB to issue a legally binding summons to anyone whose actions it considers as "causing or creating the conditions for committing a crime," was passed in the first of three required readings in the State Duma.

All 313 members of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party present voted in favour, while the Communists joined the smaller pro-Kremlin parties, Fair Russia and the Liberal Democrats, in opposing the bill.

Gennady Gudkov, whose Fair Russia party rarely opposes government-backed legislation, described it as "a left-over order from the Soviet Union."

He said he would lobby for changes to the bill before the second reading. It also needs approval by the United Russia-dominated upper house and Medvedev's signature.

The bill would set a penalty of up to 15 days in prison for anyone who "disobeys a legitimate order" from an FSB agent. Rights groups say the changes taken together could allow the FSB to detain anyone it likes without any judicial process.

"A warning sounds benign, but under Russian law it can have serious consequences," said Allison Gill, Moscow director of New York-based Human Rights Watch. "It is a significant increase in power for the FSB."



TACKLING EXTREMISM

The bill, submitted to parliament by Putin's government weeks after two suicide bombings blamed on Islamists killed 40 people in Moscow's metro, is aimed at tackling a growing number of "extremist crimes," according to an addendum to the law.

An existing law under which slander of a state official can be treated as extremism has been used against Kremlin critics.

Activists have compared the proposed FSB legislation to the decision by Putin, a former KGB officer, to scrap direct elections for governors and tighten other electoral laws after 331 people died in the 2004 Beslan school hostage-taking.

But Medvedev portrays himself as a champion of civil rights and commentators say he may feel pressure to veto the bill.

The addendum also accused print and electronic media outlets of "effectively dragging youth into extremist activity," raising fears among media rights groups that the law will be used to caution and possibly detain opposition journalists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based media watchdog, said the bill would give Russian authorities "Soviet-style power to censor information" and called for it to be immediately scrapped.

The FSB has dismissed the criticism from rights groups, saying the measures are simply aimed at bringing down crime.

"This is a very humane preventative measure aimed at preventing people from committing more serious misconduct in the future," said FSB Deputy Director Yuri
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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 5:39 p.m.    

No, No, this is good news.

With a resurgent Soviet Empire, perhaps a good old fashioned cold war is just what the US needs to free itself from the lefty Socialist loons running around everywhere.

Although it will admittedly really suck for the Russians...

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 6:34 p.m.    

Thought crime.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7 p.m.    

A' la &quot;Minority Report&quot;? I thought the same thing when I read this.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 9:15 p.m.    

Except also make the 3 prophets antisemitic.

Took hitler long enough to win WWII. Who needs a country, or a body; just overload governmental power around the world, and keep letting terrorists look like victims of Israel.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 8:15 a.m.    

Of course, think of films. It's the only thing you can produce

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 6:42 p.m.    

Russians needs to flush Putin down the toilet. Haven't they learned that when you keep a leader around this long he becomes a permanent fixture int the society (i.e. Ghadaffi, Stalin, Mao,...)? And their lust for power becomes insatiable? I thought the Rusian people had become smarter than this but they're sliding back into their old ways.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:04 p.m.    

You mean the people of Russistan?

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:06 p.m.    

Mullah Putin?

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 6:53 p.m.    

Whats happening in Russia is no different than what Obama is doing here...can anyone say ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT...What do you idiots think is in that 2000+ page Health Care Bill..theres a provision to allow social workers to enter families homes to GUILD them on how to raise their children, if you don't do it way, if your religious beliefs are too far out of the mainstream, say you believe homosexuality is a sin, you lose your children and you get jail time for child abuse....WAKE UP

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7:47 p.m.    

Kevinfromduluth, you are so misguided, 1st this article is about Russia, not Obama. Second point, the health care comment is way out of line. There is not one piece of information out there to make your comments legitimate (child raising / homosexuality). Either way, some of your comments seem to drift towards the right (health care) and then you drift back, oh wait a minute, you stayed to the right, homosexuality IS A SIN.

It is idiots like you that keep teabaggers on the front stories of web sites, you believe everything they tell you without question.

You, sir, need to wake up

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:12 p.m.    

Prove him wrong!!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:10 p.m.    

Kevin, You are exactly correct! And, Obama's health care is just the cherry on top of George Bush's Patriot Act. All to control the people and force us into global governance. Notice how the Russian's are using the same tactic. The &quot;threat&quot; of terrorism is their excuse to clamp down on the populace. These goverments already know exactly who the terrorists are. This nonsense could have been over long ago. But, it makes an excellent excuse to take away our liberties.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 4:45 p.m.    

Bot, you are obviously a disenchanted 0bama tool and supporter. You can't make a complete sentence without bringing into the discussion the previous administration. How have you been negatively affected by the Patriot Act? Are you making overseas phone calls to terrorists?

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7:24 p.m.    

DAMN! That sucks!!!!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7:39 p.m.    

kevinfromduluth - you're an idiot. I'm a conservative too but, unlike you, I know the difference between what's happening here and what's happening in Russia. We can change the course of our country by changing our leadership. How likely is that to happen in Russia?

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:15 p.m.    

Yeah, This difference is Russia is waaaaay ahead of us on this thing. Don't worry, The Obama will catch us up.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:18 p.m.    

&quot;We can change the course of our country by changing our leadership&quot;

Ever heard of Diebold?

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7:39 p.m.    

The Russian Parliament is simply following the lead and example of the United States where just recently their Supreme Court issued an Opinion that people can be detained in prison indefinitely, after completely serving their sentence, solely on the regime’s assertion that the person still poses a danger to society; all without ever being charged with, much less convicted of, a new crime. The Russians are simply following the “Precrimes Unit” example of freedom that is being implemented by the regime ruling the United States.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7:42 p.m.    

This just shows that Russia, under Putin and Medvedev, have become a terrorist state that oppresses their people like all dictatorships! Russia's continued support of dictatorships like Iran, Venezuela, and China just add to the proof. I pray for the citizens of the once-great nation of Russia and hope that you may someday become truly a free people.......

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 7:50 p.m.    

Putin is such a tool. He's turning back to his good ol' days in the KGB.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:31 p.m.    

KGB......KGB.....KGB.....KGB

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:41 p.m.    

To all the foreigners posting here,

Putin is a strong leader. He makes Russia strong again. We Russians need such leader. You want us to go back to 1991? No. Will not happen. Все.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:05 a.m.    

Russians love slavery!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 9:55 p.m.    

Stalin and lenin also were &quot;strong leaders&quot;. Consequences of his rule was the dissolution of the USSR. Get the idea?

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 10:53 p.m.    

1991 sucked. but we will be going back to 1999. Obowma socialism is NOT inevitable.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:55 p.m.    

Any leader that circumvents the boundries established to protect freedom (limited terms in office) is himself an enemy of freedom.

It's happening in Iran too. It doesn't matter who they elect, the same people are in charge.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 10:58 p.m.    

we are slowly seeing the reformation of the ussr.

putin has more brains than lenin and stalin together

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 1:54 a.m.    

&quot;Putin is a strong leader. He makes Russia strong again. We Russians need such leader. You want us to go back to 1991? No. Will not happen. Все.&quot;

Hitler was also a strong leader. If you think Mr. Putin's priority (or, for that matter, any high-placed politician's) is the well-being of the unwashed masses, enjoy your self-delusions.

Cheers.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 8:51 p.m.    

You mean like..... thought crime....

like....

... hate crime???

We in America wouldn't do anything like that now would we???

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 9:47 p.m.    

Boy oh boy I bet Obowma and the Dems in Congress are just drooling over this one....if they could/can...expect to see the same here...bunch of idiot scumbags!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 10:04 p.m.    

Surprise, surprise.

The Russian masses have never known liberty for any length of time anyway,

they are used to a &quot;strong oppresive hand&quot;, they love it.

Unfortunately they also love to impose it to their neighbors.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 10:49 p.m.    

Chairman Obama is salivating with the prospect of his own agency to keep independent freedom loving Americans in line.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 4:39 p.m.    

I agree with your supposition.

However, the &quot;about to commit a crime police&quot; in the US would be about arresting most of 0bama's supporters since by percentage they commit the most crimes.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 10:55 p.m.    

Strong leader

now we are slowly seeing the reformation of the ussr

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:52 a.m.    

you already have that in USA its called the patriot act.

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 11:35 p.m.    

Sheesh, you guys (Russia's parliament)! Don't give Obama any more ideas!

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Anonymous June 11, 2010, 11:45 p.m.    

Have they employed mind readers? This is outrageous, but not surprising. So anyone who has an opinion that disagrees with the powers that be will be labeled as &quot;likely to commit a crime&quot;, and rounded up. How very 1984.

Someone recently said the answer to 1984 is 1776. I think he had a point!

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:04 a.m.    

Wellcome back to Goulag!

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:17 a.m.    

How is this any different than the Left Wing Nut Extremists in the American Democrat Party?

Answer: I'ts not. They share the Soviet mentality.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:44 a.m.    

If this move isn't Czarist, nothing ever will be. Russia will have 70 million people in the next 25 years and this type of anti-people philosophy will be necessarily instrumental in causing it. If Putin &quot;n&quot; company doesn't wish to be remembered for these failures and the consequential ceding of most of Russia to the Chinese then he had better become educated quickly. What is needed is a written Constitution, limiting government authority, guaranteeing human, civil, and unalienable property rights, and establishment of free enterprise as sacrosanct activity. Doing these things will insure a population of 160 million of more in 25 years and build the muscle now lacking in the Russian nightmare.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 12:48 a.m.    

poor Zionist opposition is going to hurt. :)

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 2:27 a.m.    

Good news for all you racist leftist huh?

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 1:10 a.m.    

Russia need to bring back the death penalty to deal with pro west trash which want to make Russia slave of USA and Israel like it was during 1991-1998 period under Yeltsin.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 8:58 p.m.    

Pro-west trash? Oh, you mean those western trashy people who think that working for a living for yourself &amp; your family &amp; then getting to keep the rewards for your own hard work instead of turning it over to government toads? That pro-west trash? Or do you mean the pro-west trash who believe in innocent until proven guilty of a crime? Or is the pro-west trash who think that punishment should fit the crime but only after having been found guilty by their peers instead of the some government flunky on the take? Those pro-west trashy people?

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 2:29 a.m.    

You must really miss those bread lines huh?

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 4:16 a.m.    

I'm sure they can/will come up on that on there own. No need to do it to protect you Vanya.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 3:33 a.m.    

Hmmmm...where have I seen something similar to this before? Oh yeah, it was that Tom Cruise movie &quot;Minority Report&quot;. Well, if this bill is as popular as Cruise's movie, then the Russian citizens have nothing to fear.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 6:26 a.m.    

To our Russian friends: Freedom is something that you have to work hard to get, then work hard to maintain. Here in the US, many people have forgotten that lesson. Good luck to you.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 7:32 a.m.    

Perhaps Russia's FSB can help out in Ukraine in order to crackdown on the unruly nationalists causing havoc there.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 1:53 p.m.    

Keep the muscovite maggots where they belong. Back in the KrimeLand which is often known as the Kremlin. Their stench is bad enough there and the pollution does not need to extend into Ukraine. Unfortunately putin's imbecile puppet and convicted criminal Yanuconvict probably already has them there.

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 5:29 p.m.    

The same thing is happening here

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 6:14 p.m.    

Wow, you really have no idea what you're talking about.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 2:20 p.m.    

An interesting policy - &quot;...summon people ... about to commit a crime...&quot;. I once asked a senior U.S. Law Enforcement Officer investigating a 'good ol' boy' suspected of a victimless crime why he didn't simply visit the suspect and have a talk about it. I knew that would scare the simple-minded redneck straight, the wrong-doing would absolutely stop. His answer was that 'we don't work that way'. You see, in America it is all about convictions, and the very big business of incarceration.

This Russian idea, while it may sound draconian, is far more merciful.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010, 5 p.m.    

Its the return of the commies. The only difference is they have learned how to market and package their activities to look like they are doing something necessary to safeguard the people and democracy(code word for communism). Watch out America....the same is happening here using more subtle slower tactics. Ben Franklin said it best. &quot;Those willing to trade liberty for security deserve neither&quot;. Just a hint for some of you...we do not live in a democracy in the USA. It is a representative republic for a good reason. All societies that ran as a democracy(majority rule) in world history end up destroying themselves due to bankrupting themselves with entitlements and corruption. Arepresentative republic protects us from the mob rule mentality.

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Anonymous June 13, 2010, 6 a.m.    

Could Obama Be America’s First Defacto President?

Innocent Americans increasingly are sent to prison based on false evidence manufactured by police forensic crime labs. Now President Obama wants the power to incarcerate U.S. Citizens not on evidence, but for what they might do.

Compare: Two days after the 1933 burning of Germany’s Parliament Building, blamed on communists, Hitler responded with a powerful speech before Parliament. Hitler asked Parliament to suspend sections of the Reich Constitution that protected Citizens’ Rights and Civil Liberties. Hitler said the suspension was necessary so government could protect the homeland from being destroyed by communists. Hitler promised Parliament the Constitution would later be restored. After Parliament passed Hitler’s Discriminatory Decrees and Hitler signed it February 28, 1933, Hitler immediately used the news laws to abolished Parliament. See Hitler’s 1933 Discriminatory Laws below:

Obama gave a speech in May 2010, that proposed incarcerating in indefinite prolonged detention without evidence, any person government deemed a “combatant” or likely to engage in a violent act in the future; that would include U.S. Citizens “without evidence of wrongdoing.” With that amount power Obama like Hitler could arrest members of Congress, drag U.S. Citizens off the street and from their homes to be imprisoned indefinitely based only on Government’s claim they are a “combatant” or likely to engage in a violent act in the future.

If Congress approves Obama’s categories of people likely to engage in violent acts, overnight millions of lawful U.S. activists could be subject to arrest, Indefinite Prolonged Detention. When you examine Obama’s speech, it appears Obama wants retroactive power to incarcerate anyone government claims (prior) supported violent acts on the premise that person is likely to support violent acts in the future: U.S. activists would be extremely vulnerable because no activist can control what another activist or group might do illegally they network with domestically or overseas. Government would only have to allege a person; group or organization might commit a violent act in the future to order Preventative Detention of lawful participants with no evidence whatsoever. Americans would be afraid to speak out.

It is foreseeable any “individual” who writes on the Internet or verbally express an opinion against or entity of U.S. Government or its coalition partners could be deemed by authorities a “Combatant” or likely to engage in or cause violent acts: government too easily could claim an author’s writings inspired people in the past and will in the future to commit or support violent acts. It is problematic that indefinitely detained U.S. Citizens not involved in terrorism or hostile activities, not given Miranda Warnings or allowed legal counsel; interrogated, will be prosecuted for ordinary crimes because of their alleged admissions while held in indefinite “Prolonged Detention. Obama wants the power to override the U.S. Constitution. Obama wants the power to detain indefinitely any American without probable cause or evidence, based on conjecture someone might do something violent in the future.

Obama similar to Hitler is centralizing power in the federal Government by getting passed legislation the U.S. government could potentially use to intimidate and threaten corporations among others. Hitler got passed similar laws shortly before the burning of the German Parliament building blamed on the communists. Immediately after the fire, Hitler used his new laws to coerce corporations and influential Citizens to support passage of fascist legislation that suspended provisions of the German Constitution that protected Citizens’ freedoms and civil liberties. Obama is now approaching a position where he can use similar new laws, including the Patriot Act and 200 asset forfeiture laws to seize any corporation or individual’s assets; and force U.S. corporations and other institutions like Hitler did to support legislation that threatens or curtails rights of Americans.

More recently Obama has moved forward to crush Free Speech, silence his critics by pushing passage of HR 5175: this abomination will choke the 1st Amendment, denying the right of free speech to ordinary Americans. Under Title II: groups like Gun Owners of America and other groups including bloggers that only mention “public officials” within 60 days of an election, could be required to file onerous disclosures–and potentially have to disclose their membership lists—despite the Supreme Court ruling in NAACP v. Alabama that held membership lists like those of GOA's) are off limits to government control. Is Obama’s support of HR 5175 similar to what Hitler did to shut up his critics? In the run up to Parliament passing his police state laws including the 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that abolished Citizen’s Free Speech, Hitler employed thugs to beat up reporters, arrest anyone who had courage to criticize the Fuhrer or his Nazi government or expose introduced legislation. Is Obama by supporting HR 5175 to shut up his critics, trying to take American to the same place?

Alarmingly the Obama Government recently employed a vendor to search Internet social networking sites to collect information about Americans that could potentially be used by this government to injure Americans, for example, if you apply for a federal job, your name might be crossed referenced by the Obama Government with comments you made at Websites against Obama; or if you make application at a bank for a loan the Government has control since the financial crisis, could your Internet comment(s) prevent you getting that loan? Obama’s monitoring of the Internet sites can too easily be used by Government to intimidate Citizens from speaking out. Obama Top CZAR Cass Sunstein prepared a 2008 paper that proposed spying on Americans, infiltrating groups and organizations to obstruct Free Speech, disrupt the exchange of ideas and disseminate false information to neutralize Americans that might question government.

See: http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=121884

To hear Obama proposing Indefinite Prolonged Detention without evidence, you may access the video-sound tape at the following two web addresses:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/630.html

http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/1-government/laws/obama-detention.htm

See Hitler’s 1933 Nazi Laws below:

DECREE OF THE REICH PRESIDENT FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PEOPLE AND STATE

Note: Based on translations by State Department, National Socialism, 1942 PP. 215-17, and Pollak, J.K., and Heneman, H.J., The Hitler Decrees, (1934), pp. 10-11.7

In virtue of Section 48 (2) of the German Constitution, the following is decreed as a defensive measure against Communist acts of Violence, endangering the state:

Section 1

Sections 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. Thus, restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press, on the right of assembly and the right of association, and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic, and telephonic communications, and warrants for house-searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

Section 2

If in a state the measures necessary for the restoration of public security and order are not taken, the Reich Government may temporarily take over the powers of the highest state authority.

Section 4

Whoever provokes, or appeals for or incites to the disobedience of the orders given out by the supreme state authorities or the authorities subject to then for the execution of this decree, or the orders given by the Reich Government according to Section 2, is punishable—insofar as the deed, is not covered by the decree with more severe punishment and with imprisonment of not less that one month, or with a fine from 150 up to 15,000 Reichsmarks.

Whoever endangers human life by violating Section 1, is to be punished by sentence to a penitentiary, under mitigating circumstances with imprisonment of not less than six months and, when violation causes the death of a person, with death, under mitigating circumstances with a penitentiary sentence of not less that two years. In addition the sentence my include confiscation of property.

Whoever provokes an inciter to or act contrary to public welfare is to be punished with a penitentiary sentence, under mitigating circumstances, with imprisonment of not less than three months.

Section 5

The crimes which under the Criminal Code are punishable with penitentiary for life are to be punished with death: i.e., in Sections 81 (high treason), 229 (poisoning), 306 (arson), 311 (explosion), 312 (floods), 315, paragraph 2 (damage to railroad properties, 324 (general poisoning).

Insofar as a more severe punishment has not been previously provided for, the following are punishable with death or with life imprisonment or with imprisonment not to exceed 15 years:

1. Anyone who undertakes to kill the Reich President or a member or a commissioner of the Reich Government or of a state government, or provokes to such a killing, or agrees to commit it, or accepts such an offer, or conspires with another for such a murder;

2. Anyone who under Section 115 (2) of the Criminal Code (serious rioting) or of Section 125 (2) of the Criminal Code (serious disturbance of the peace) commits the act with arms or cooperates consciously and intentionally with an armed person;

3. Anyone who commits a kidnapping under Section 239 of the Criminal with the intention of making use of the kidnapped person as a hostage in the political struggle.

Section 6

This decree enters in force on the day of its promulgation.

Reich President

Reich Chancellor

Reich Minister of the Interior

Reich Minister of Justice

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Anonymous June 18, 2010, 5:34 p.m.    

The Kremlin has openly declared that the law does not apply to the Kremlin, exactly the same message that was sent to Russian citizens in Soviet times.

Truly, those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it. And they deserve their bitter fate.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 7:37 p.m.    

&quot;I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward

and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a

sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best

interests of his country. And I appreciated so very much the frank

dialogue.

There was no kind of diplomatic chit-chat, trying to throw each other

off balance. There was a straightforward dialogue. And that's the

beginning of a very constructive relationship. I wouldn't have invited

him to my ranch if I didn't trust him. (Laughter.) &quot; - G.W. Bush

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 4:37 p.m.    

Yes, Bush was an incompetent ass. But so is Obama. This makes Putin very happy.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 8:54 p.m.    

Wow! The former USSR usually takes 2 steps forward &amp; 1 step back. This one seems more like 1 step forward &amp; 2 steps back. Keep this up &amp; it'll be the Communism + USSR + KGB all over again. Whatever happened to joining the rest of the western world in at least the mid-20th Century? You know, innocent until PROVEN guilty. And wasn't there some dumb movie with that ding dong Tom Cruise where people were arrested &amp; their brains changed BEFORE they could commit the crime? Nice...

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 11:40 p.m.    

MOTHER RUSSIA WILL ALWAYS LOVE HER CHILDREN.

This time 100 years ago, the Blessed Holy Czar was still in power. Russia needs a government that really loves its people, a leader that will always do what is right for Russia.

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 4:20 a.m.    

Northern Lights,

Spread your word. Maybe you can get the others to wake up and smell the coffee.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 8:56 p.m.    

Sounds strangely like the Tom Cruise film, Minority Report. Instead of psychics, a special FSB cadre can accuse citizens of &quot;future crimes&quot; and impose non-judicial sentencing and punishment.

Usurping the rights of citizens for the ostensible purpose of &quot;fighting crime&quot; is nothing new. History is littered with victims of despots who consolidated power to themselves and away from the people under the guise of &quot;law and order.&quot; Lenin and Hitler are but two examples.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 10:06 p.m.    

Totalitarian fascism. It gives the state absolute power and &quot;legal&quot; means to oppress anyone it chooses, namely those that don't share its views and/or are on its payroll. A free media is foundational to any free society and they will be the first to suffer.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 11:28 p.m.    

WE MUST TRUST LEADER PUTIN TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT

This is a step in the right direction to protect life and liberty in Russia. The Russian people will back these measures to fight the enemies of the state. Long live the state, long live Russia.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 11:34 p.m.    

RUSSIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST IDEAS.

America's Marxist Obama Regim is closely studying this new Russian law. Obama believes it would also work well here in America.

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Anonymous July 12, 2010, 11:52 p.m.    

this is nothing compared to the patriot acts 1&amp;2 in the U.S.

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 3:11 a.m.    

who gives a shit what they do in Russia. It is a sham democracy anyway. The only sad thing it is an indicator of things to come in the US if the liberals (progressives???) have there way.

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 10:14 a.m.    

Behave as we tell you, or we will put you on a plane to Smolensk. Don't worry. Mr Putin will personally take charge of the investigation to announce it will be an accident.

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Anonymous July 13, 2010, 4:34 p.m.    

Take control of the Duma, check.

Take over the TV stations, check.

Remove political opponents, check.

Hello, Stalin

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