Friday, June 29, 2007

Travel ban for Lebanese opposed to Saniora government

Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Responsible for Policies and Actions That Threaten Lebanon's Sovereignty and Democracy


A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

"In order to foster democratic institutions in Lebanon, to help the Lebanese people preserve their sovereignty and achieve their aspirations for democracy and regional stability, and to end the sponsorship of terrorism in Lebanon, it is in the interest of the United States to restrict the international travel, and to suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of aliens who deliberately undermine or harm Lebanon's sovereignty, its legitimate government, or its democratic institutions, contribute to the breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, or benefit from policies or actions that do so, including through the sponsorship of terrorism, politically motivated violence and intimidation, or the reassertion of Syrian control in Lebanon.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of persons described in section 1 of this proclamation would, except as provided for in sections 2 and 3 of this proclamation, be detrimental to the interests of the United States.

I therefore hereby proclaim that:

Section 1. The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of the following aliens is hereby suspended:

(a) Lebanese government officials, former Lebanese government officials, and private persons who deliberately undermine or harm Lebanon's sovereignty, its legitimate government, or its democratic institutions, or contribute to the breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through the sponsorship of terrorism, politically motivated violence or intimidation, or the reassertion of Syrian control in Lebanon;

(b) Syrian government officials, former Syrian government officials, and persons who meet the criteria for designation under section 3(a)(i) or (ii) of Executive Order 13338 of May 11, 2004, who deliberately undermine or harm Lebanon's sovereignty, its legitimate government, or its democratic institutions, or contribute to the breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through the sponsorship of terrorism, politically motivated violence or intimidation, or the reassertion of Syrian control in Lebanon;

(c) Persons in Lebanon who act on behalf of, or actively promote the interests of, Syrian government officials by deliberately undermining or harming Lebanon's sovereignty, its legitimate government, or its democratic institutions, or contribute to the breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through the sponsorship of terrorism, politically motivated violence or intimidation, or the reassertion of Syrian control in Lebanon;

(d) Persons who, through their business dealings with any of the persons described in subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section, derive significant financial benefit from, or materially support, policies or actions that deliberately undermine or harm Lebanon's sovereignty, its legitimate government, or its democratic institutions, or contribute to the breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through the sponsorship of terrorism, politically motivated violence or intimidation, or the reassertion of Syrian control in Lebanon; and

(e) The spouses and dependent children of persons described in subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this section.

Sec. 2. Section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply with respect to any person otherwise covered by section 1 where entry of such person would not be contrary to the interests of the United States.

Sec. 3. Persons covered by section 1 or 2 of this proclamation shall be identified by the Secretary of State or the Secretary's designee, in his or her sole discretion, pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary may establish under section 5 of this proclamation.

Sec. 4. Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to derogate from U.S. Government obligations under applicable international agreements.

Sec. 5. The Secretary of State shall have responsibility for implementing this proclamation pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary, in the Secretary's sole discretion, may establish.

Sec. 6. This proclamation is effective immediately. It shall remain in effect until such time as the Secretary of State determines that it is no longer necessary and should be terminated, either in whole or in part. Any such determination by the Secretary of State shall be published in the Federal Register.

Sec. 7. This proclamation is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty eighth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first."

GEORGE W. BUSH

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time for St Peter to prepare a ban list on the gates of heaven.
As for the US travel ban, i guess wahhab will miss the superbowl this year.

joseph said...

you're signing your posts as George Bush now :)

Don't close your blog... the increased feeling of helplessness might be sickening... It'll be a long struggle... but don't stop writing!

What is "Occupation" said...

i love it...

about time...

it's ok if you dont like america or israel or even the current government of lebanon

just dont hate it from america, do it from gaza

Anonymous said...

super funny bushy !

Anonymous said...

EDB, you may have to change your travel plans to the US now. I think you would fall into this category. Though we don't always agree on Lebanon you are more than welcome to stay here.

Also please don't close down the blog.

johnny

Dr Miletzki said...

Hi EDB

I would like to second what several other people have said before me: keep up the blog! For people living outside of Lebanon and trying to follow the situation, it's crucial to have voices like yours around. I have noticed a 'trend' of quitting in several Lebanese blogs that I normally read. It's as if people are getting fed up and are turning away (and I wouldn't dream of blaming them for it, but...), when it's especially the difficult times like these that require insights and reporting away from the mainstream. So please think about us out here before you quit, ok? Thanks.

Nayda said...

Don't go EDB!

We need you. Its in these times when we need you the most.

Peter H said...
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Peter H said...

I really thought this was a joke on your part, until I saw the link to the actual White House statement.

Also, I hope you keep this blog.

Anonymous said...

i really hope you keep this blog as well.

John & Anthea Mullis said...

This is my first visit to your blog but would add my voice to others who say 'don't quit'. The sanitized news 'spin' we get through the western media is just that and we need the perspective of people on the ground, like you to give us the real story.
Great bog - keep it up.

distraught lebanese said...

Emily, please plese don't stop blogging. We need you. Don't leave us alone with Totten and the rest of the neocon scoundrels. Please...

What is "Occupation" said...

Dear EDB,

You think I am a parasite? Such words of love!

Don't deny it, you lust for my bod.....

Go, read your great post at my blog, such a love letter!!!

Don't let Nasrallah know your in love with a radical Zionist Jew!

But wait, we cannot meet in the USA... DARN!

So will you meet me for drinks and hanky panky in Beirut? I am in out of Lebanon all the time to collect data for future airstrikes you know!

Anonymous said...

Dude(tte),

Your blog entry is almost a month old...

Are you still alive?

Salem said...

The sequel:
http://www.tayyar.org/tayyar/articles.php?type=news&article_id=31585

Dr Miletzki said...

Hi Salem,

I'm sure you were going to post this, but it seems your link got cut off. The sequel's also on the White House website:
Executive Order: Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/08/20070802-1.html

Dr Miletzki said...

oh great. since when do all links get cut off?!

Anonymous said...

EDB I would like to visit Nahr el Bared and one or two other camps. I know how important it is to have a first hand account of such terrible events. I am an Eastern European freelance journalist. I'd appreciate to have your suggestions at mparaipan@gmail.com

Thank you.

joseph said...

the high quality blue blooded amin gemayel deserves that you write something about him come on! come back

Amer said...

Hi EDB,

You don't know me, but I just wanted to say : please keep blogging. We miss you and we NEED you.
Please don't leave us alone with Totten and the other blogosphere scoundrels

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Traveler said...

nice

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To make our own destiny
To shine like the sun
To become one
To hide under the moon
Under in the gloom
To run with the deer
To make worry disappear
To listen and to hear
To love and to fear
To make our minds be clear
To laugh and to cheer
To travel and to steer
In the path we have chosen
To be hot or cold or even frozen
We are free to be free
To make our own destiny
And to look back from the finish line
And to shout with joy and not to whine.”
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Anonymous said...

For what it's worth (and I'm directing this at all those who left comments here), I think it's deplorable to beg this poor girl not to "quit". EDB I have no idea where you are now or what you are doing now, but you do what is right for you. We're all very grateful for the insight and the fascinating accounts of life in Lebanon, but when it's time to go, it's time to go and do not feel guilty. I don't think people realise how difficult it is living in such places.

Anonymous said...

please come back, EDB, we love you

EDB said...

Sssssh... I'm coming back at the beginning of January.

cadmous said...

this is democracy distribution while Saniora government goes on..
keep going bro.
hasta la victoria siempre
cadmous

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