Slouching Towards Big Brother...

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    <center><h1><a href=http://www.schneier.com/essay-totalsurveillance.html>Slouching Towards Big Brother</a></h1></center>

    <blockquote>Bruce Schneier
    CNET News.com, January 30, 2004

    Last week the Supreme Court let stand the Justice Department's right to secretly arrest noncitizen residents.

    Combined with the government's power to designate foreign prisoners of war as "enemy combatants" in order to ignore international treaties regulating their incarceration, and their power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or access to an attorney, the United States is looking more and more like a police state.

    Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Justice Department has asked for, and largely received, additional powers that allow it to perform an unprecedented amount of surveillance of American citizens and visitors. The USA Patriot Act, passed in haste after Sept. 11, started the ball rolling.

    In December, a provision slipped into an appropriations bill allowing the FBI to obtain personal financial information from banks, insurance companies, travel agencies, real estate agents, stockbrokers, the U.S. Postal Service, jewelry stores, casinos and car dealerships without a warrant--because they're all construed as financial institutions. Starting this year, the U.S. government is photographing and fingerprinting foreign visitors coming into this country from all but 27 other countries.</blockquote>

    With the passage of the grossly mis-named USA PATRIOT Act, the foundation for an American police state was laid. It is being added to surreptitiously...one stone at a time. If Dubbyuh's administration gets another term in office in 2004(<i>Barring another attack on US soil, in which case Dubbyuh will suspend the Constitution and declare himself "President for Life"</i>), the edifice of the police state will be complete.
     
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    Careful evilarnold, Bully will call you stupid. Then what will you do?
     
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    Tough shit, deal with it. Enjoy Bush for the next 4 years, whiner.
     
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    Hey and who knows maybe after George we will get Jeb. Now wouln't that burn some ass !!! :D
     
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    And what kind of attitude would that be now boyyo?

    Oh, and I don't hate The US...I simply hate what I see being done to it by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
     
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    The Patriot Act is a long time coming. It should have been enacted decades ago. The fact of the matter is that all laws in this country infringe on someone's rights. It's about damn time the criminals and assholes are the ones infringed upon rather than the law abiding citizen of the this country!


    Gun control
    Seat belt laws
    Welfare
    Taxes
    Parole
    Appeals
    Driver's Licenses


    All just an example about how the rights of the accused and the stupid have more protection than those of us who've never committed crimes yet pay stiffer penalties than those who do.

    P.S. Hey, Evil....welcome to the fight. We need people on our side!
     
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    Well, ya know, I try to find the middle way, maintain balance, but Dubbyuh has so skewed the balance against you and me and everyone else that works for a living that you have to be deaf and blind not to notice it. I would suggest that you broaden your sources of information beyond FOX News and your hometown news paper. Try the BBC website, ASIA Times among others. :read:
     
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    Oooh...!Ooww...! your rapier-like wit leaves me bloodied and battered! :laugh:
     
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    I would like to hear some of you criticisms of democrats. Please. Purty please?
     
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    OMG!!! The democrats would be dropping dead in the streets!!!!! Glad I am not the only one to think this way...:D

    quoted from Moi;"P.S. Hey, Evil....welcome to the fight. We need people on our side!


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