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Vermont labeled “rogue state” by Bush administration

By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian

Editor's Note: Due to a last-minute legal challenge by federal lawyers, the Guardian was not able to post this story yesterday as scheduled. The administration's temporary injunction was not granted, so we are now posting the story.

posted April 1, 2006

WASHINGTON — Efforts to impeach the president are helping to place Vermont on a new list of “rogue states” being circulated by the Bush administration, the Vermont Guardian has learned.

The designation comes just weeks after the Bush administration’s release a National Security Strategy (NSS), and outline of U.S. foreign policy aims, and how to achieve them. The policy, which is an update of a strategy first outlined in 2002, provides wide-ranging guidance for all U.S. agencies.

The NSS, released on March 16, continued the so-called pre-emptive doctrine that is exemplified by the 2003 invasion of Iraq. While the policy stresses that diplomacy should be a focus to deter the use of weapons of mass destruction, the documents states: "If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of self defense, we do not rule out use of force before attacks occur, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack. When the consequences of an attack with WMD are potentially so devastating, we cannot afford to stand idly by as grave dangers materialize."

The Bush administration is using the over-arching policy contained in the NSS as well as disparate, and little-known, federal laws to ensure that it can take swift action against a domestic population seen as an “emerging threat.” Those laws are contained in the updated USA PATRIOT Act, the Congressional authorization to use force in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, a weakening Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, a law that forbids active-duty military to be used to arrest or search U.S. civilians.

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