November 30, 2001

Editorial

U.S. Lurching Toward Undeclared War!

The Chicano-Mexicano communities in this country can empathize with the Middle-Eastern peoples living in America, whose origins and roots go back to antiquity. The complaints being voiced by Middle-Eastern American citizens, resonate with the Chicano community who have raised the same types of allegations of racial discrimination and harassment throughout the last century.

Our people have suffered racial profiling, harassment, illegal incarcerations and deportations by the FBI, INS, U.S. Dept. of Justice, and from local city and state police agencies who practice extra-legal use of their police powers. Our people have been beaten, jailed and illegally deported without due-process. They have been denied the protections of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, even though they are citizens by birth, naturalization, or legal immigration. Our rights, as citizens, have been denied or limited by the effects of racism and discrimination. Our crime: looking different from Euro-Americans. We, too have suffered indignities because the majority of Mexican Americans/Latinos practice the Catholic faith and retain the use of their cultural language, Spanish.

The U.S. Department of Justice and past U.S. Attorney Generals, who are answerable to the President, have hunted us down as illegal, dangerous criminals, who are a threat to the U.S. We have been denied rights under the laws of this country, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The U.S. Department of Justice is headed by the U.S. Attorney General, currently John Ashcroft, who is an appointee of the President, G.W. Bush. His actions and decisions are expressions of the President's orders.

Normally, the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress provide oversight and a system of checks and balances against the abuse of Presidential power. Thus far, this has not happened. The use of Presidential power by President Bush (through his use of the Armed Force), his efforts to take control of the National Guard (who are normally under the control of the Governors of each state), his manipulation of the Offices of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, CIA and his manipulation of the U.S. Congress (which is controlled by hard-core Right-wing Republicans), raise danger signals. They warn us that America is edging closer to becoming a totalitarian-Fascist, Right-wing government such as those that ruled Chile, Italy, and Germany.

The abuses and denials of democratic freedoms and human rights, such as those reflected by the sending of the Japanese to detention camps during WWII solely because they were Orientals, the denial of civil rights, legal rights and Constitutional Rights to citizens of COLOR I.E. AFRICAN AMERICANS, MEXICAN AMERICANS, INDIGENOUS TRIBAL INDIANS OF AMERICA, FILIPINOS: And now MIDDLE EASTERN CITIZENS, such as those arrested or incarcerated based on their color, culture, religion and dress, are indicators that America is rapidly drifting toward becoming a Fascist country where the rule by LAW WILL NOT EXIST.

We are now in a WAR declared by President Bush. The Constitution states that Congress is the only body THAT CAN DECLARE WAR. Has that changed?

Our Middle-Eastern citizens, legal residents and/or those in the process of immigrating, are now being denied their rights as written in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Is there an article in our Constitution and Bill of Rights that states they only apply only to White U.S. citizens? Or does it say that it applies to all people who are in OUR COUNTRY?

 

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