It looks like the constant fear mongering about terrorism has finally given congress the push they needed to pass a law that would allow them to hold American citizens indefinitely without due process. Its the same old Senate Bill 1867 that I have been complaining about all week – well it passed (re: government fear-mongering). Go figure. Even a few democrats voted for this piece of shit legislation proving to me once again that the democrats and the republicans are basically the same damn part where it counts.
“We’re no longer going to have an absurd result that if we capture you overseas where you’re planning an attack on the United States, we can blow you up or put you in a military prison indefinitely, but if you make it to America, all of a sudden you get Miranda rights and you go to federal court…” (Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican)
This is their best excuse to erode our civil liberties? How many times have you heard of a terrorist making it to the US and having miranda rights being a problem? Hell, give them Miranda rights – I DEMAND IT! If those bastards are guilty the FBI and CIA should have so much evidence mounted against them that any jury on earth would convict them! I don’t see to many terrorist fleeing to the US for amnesty – do you? So who is this legislation really aimed at? It seems like this bit of legislation REALLY does two things:
1. Lets the government arrest potential terrorist (how do you define terrorist again?) without any evidence or trial.
2. Erode the civil liberties of law abiding Americans!
Now there are complaints in congress (re: Rand Paul’s article in the Washington Post), but it looks like the status quo has overcome anything almost anyone can do about it! (re: senate says “F you” to the people)
Like I’ve said before – maybe this won’t come back to bite us in the ass this year or next year, but I feel for my children – especially when the day comes when you have to be careful what kind of books you read/wright, expressing your distaste for the government, or what you search on the internet – you might be labeled a terrorist and find yourself locked in Guantanamo Bay. (re. George Orwell’s 1984) I guess freedom is okay, that is, as long as you do what you’re told.
I leave you with the thoughts of two great Americans:
“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home.” – James Madison
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
Also, be sure to read Senator Rand Paul’s article on the subject.