Entertainer compares Homeland Security to Nazi Gestapo.

*Tis the season to hate on the GOP. Following Hilary Clinton’s Martin Luther King Day remarks about the House of Representatives being run like a “plantation,” singer and activist Harry Belafonte has compared the Dept. of Homeland Security to the Nazi Gestapo and called the president a liar during a recent speech in New York.

“We’ve come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,” Belafonte said in a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference. “You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel.”

Belafonte acknowledged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 demanded a response by the United States, but said the policies of the Bush administration were ill advised.

“Fascism is fascism. Terrorism is terrorism. Oppression is oppression,” said Belafonte, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He added that Bush became President “somewhat dubiously and ... then lies to the people of this nation, misleads them, misinstructs, and then sends off hundreds of thousands of our own boys and girls to a foreign land that has not aggressed against us.”

Belafonte’s words, part of a 45 minute speech on the role of the arts in a politically changing world, received roaring standing ovations, according to the Associated Press. 

The 78-year-old singer’s criticism comes two weeks following his remarks during a trip to Venezuela, where he called Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world.”

Posted by loni on 01/23 at 02:19 PM in Blogging

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