As governor, I will proclaim Ohio a “Bill of Rights Enforcement Zone,” unlike the current governor Bob Taft, who has joined the U.S. government in illegally spying on U.S. citizens. I would move to expose any illegal spying programs on the people of Ohio and the citizens of the United States. A few years back, Taft pledged to turn over Ohio public records to the government when it was plotting its infamous “Total Information Awareness” campaign. Thankfully, civil libertarians killed the Pentagon’s attempt to spy on U.S. citizens.
Revelations in the USA Today documenting the largest databank in U.S. history run by the National Security Agency (NSA) and three phone companies – AT&T, Verizon and Bell South – should be seen as another move by the authoritarian right to harass and intimidate U.S. citizens. Recall that the NSA was behind MH-Chaos in the 1960s. Its domestic arm run by the FBI, COINTELPRO, functioned to illegally spy on, disrupt and harass the peace and civil rights movement.
As the Bush administration’s ratings fall to 31% approval, their only hope for maintaining power and covering up the crimes associated with the four generations of war profiteering in the Bush clan is full-blown repression. As governor, I will directly confront the illegal violations of inalienable rights. The Constitution will be enforced again in Ohio.