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Nader Warns of Wartime Oppprtunism

This has been printed in many other places, but it makes some good points-- nomadlab

Anonymous Comrade writes: "Consumer advocate Ralph Nader
said on
Monday the United States was ``ripe for a revolt'' against what he called

corporate power grabs following the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Joined by representatives of groups including Greenpeace and Friends of the
Earth, Nader criticized congressional leaders, the Bush administration and
big business for taking advantage of the attacks that killed nearly 4,800
people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

``There is a whole range of power grabs going on,'' Nader said at Washington
news conference. ``There is an escalation of the corporate takeover of the
United States.

``The ground and soil are ripe for a revolt by the American people,'' the 2000
Green Party presidential candidate added.

Other speakers denounced the auto industry, the airline industry and the energy
industry for getting massive government handouts to bail them out of the
economic slump set off by the attacks.

The groups have formed ``Citizens Agenda Against Corporate Raids on the
Treasury and an Outburst of Wartime Opportunism'' to fight ``non-patriotic''
government spending and policies as well as threats to civil liberties.

``Under the guise of 'national security' our federal treasury is being raided
and our democratic rights are being taken away while Congress feeds sympathetic
campaign contributors at taxpayer expense, sends working people to fight, and
leaves the unemployed, the disenfranchised and American families to suffer,''
the watchdog organization said in a statement."