The Country Formerly Known as America

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Welcome to America, formerly home of the brave and land of the free.

The Congress has passed, and the President has signed, legislation that allows the federal government to arrest American citizens suspected of terrorism and hold them indefinitely without trial or other due process. Think about that for a moment. Like Iran, like China, like dozens of other dictatorships around the globe, the United States government has  granted  itself the right simply make its citizens  disappear.

Oh, well, you say, that law’s just for Muslim Al Qaeda extremists; no government would ever use that law against ordinary Americans, and certainly not you or yours.

At the risk of speaking heresy, “international terrorists” have killed fewer Americans over the past decade than food poisoning (approximate death toll: 30,000). Can your imagine what could have been accomplished if we had devoted the time and money to safe guarding or food supply we have to the War on Terror?

Once government assumes power in the name of combatting some evil it very seldom relinquishes that power when the evil has been eradicated. Of course, as long as someone somewhere threatens to attack us using terror the government will justify its policies.

Think about this: in the name of protecting you from a very tiny chance you could be killed in a  terror attack, the government has jettisoned the   Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution.

But you don’t need to worry. You’re not a terrorist. You are a good citizen. At long as you don’t threaten the government, or try to resist its power, you don’t have a thing in the world to worry about.

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