Gale Courey Toensing


Gale Courey Toensing, writer for Indian Country Today, discusses her article “Andrew Jackson’s Actions Model Anti-Speech, Perpetual War Legislation;” admitted al-Qaeda member Ali Al-Bahlul’s conviction on material support for terrorism charges for making a YouTube video; how the prosecutors used Andrew Jackson’s 1818 invasion of Spanish Florida to round up runaway slaves (and his execution of two British men for inciting the Seminoles to “savage warfare”) as legal precedent; provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that give the president incredibly broad powers to make war and imprison anyone, for nearly any reason, without charge or trial; and why it doesn’t make sense to charge non-Americans with treason or “aiding the enemy” charges.

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Gale Courey Toensing writes for Indian Country Today Media Network.

10 thoughts on “Gale Courey Toensing”

  1. Scott, I think you don't understand the full agenda. It's not just to keep the evildoer (TM) in jail. Doing regular people out of their rights, esp the right of speech, is very much to the top of the plan.

    1. Torture, murder….. RAPe… the toolz of their trade…. Embarrassing ………… I wonder how "they" shut up Seymore Hirsh about the RAPE of BOYS at Abu Grarab with the MOTHERS there to hear their screams… all on video apparently… But thanks to Lieberman and Graham…….

      "We will employ all the legislative means available to us including opposing the supplemental war spending bill and attaching this amendment, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate, to every piece of legislation the Senate considers, to be sure the President has the authority he needs not to release these photos and any others that would jeopardize the safety and security of our troops.

      "The release of the photos will serve as propaganda and recruiting tool for terrorists who seek to attack American citizens at home and abroad. We should strive to have as open a government as possible, but the behavior depicted in the photos has been prohibited and is being investigated. The photos do not depict anything that is not already known. Transparency, and in this case needless transparency, should not be paid for with the lives of American citizens, let alone the lives of our men and women in uniform fighting on our behalf in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

      "Let it clearly be understood that without this legislation the photos in question are likely to be released. Such a release would be tantamount to a death sentence to some who are serving our nation in the most dangerous and difficult spots like Iraq and Afghanistan. It is this certain knowledge of these consequences of having the photos released that will cause us to vote against the supplemental and continue our push to turn our important amendment into law."

  2. Israel needs to give the Palestinians the full Andrew Jackson treatment. The next major war will give them the opportunity to do this. Every other Jackson analogy is small beer.

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