http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/16960prs20031123.html News of the classified (FBI) bulletin (about FBI crack-downs on dissent) also comes on the heels of an ACLU lawsuit against the Secret Service for the continuing practice of allowing pro-Bush protesters to remain visible to cameras during presidential appearances, and corralling anti-Bush protesters into pens or designated areas far from the media.
My Dear Congresswomen, I have checked the Congressional voting record: You both voted for the Patriot Act not once, but twice. Don’t tell us, please, that you are surprised and don’t know anything about the violations to our free speech. And this is only the tip of the iceberg, with exponentially many more examples posted to the ACLU’s website. Further, secret FBI abuses were only the expected outcome, based on your vote for the Patriot Act.
Please also don’t tell us that you also don’t “connect the dots”----deliberately and
In legislation itself----between post-911 laws and this current bill. Because as before, the mentality at work has proven itself consistently: “Either it is with us or you are against us”. That would seem to define who is DUBBED a “terrorist” and who is not. For agenda-based reasons.
My friends, I am going to call the shots for what they really are. You war on terror is a fake. More accurately, it may be termed the war OF terror.
A) The overwhelming number of Patriot Act-related incidents of activists targeted by the FBI and, in an official capacity, dubbed by the Administration as terrorists, is proof that with the words “terrorists“ and “terrorism“, you are using code language deliberately targeting vocal American citizens.
B) In hard-core concrete fact, 70% of our Guantanamo detainee “terrorists” are estimated to be innocent. The fact that they have NO right to ANY kind of legal counsel or habeas corpus only proves the true motive: To keep the government violent crime ring out of public eyesight. Shrouded, of course, in the false invocation of “state secrets” endangering our country. (While Valerie Plame’s name is disclosed to the endangerment of her life, the country and other nations).
C) You are absolutely right, and I agree whole-heartedly: When people are kidnapped just to “prove” the “prowess” in fighting the war on terror, and when we pay taxes to fund the death of our own kids based on lies, all in the name on the war on terror (war OF terror)…. you’d better believe it is a matter of “national security” !
D) Should We the People believe that just because we see a newspaper photograph of a “terrorist” that it proves their guilt automatically? After all, they have no habeas corpus rights and no access to any legal counsel to prove their innocence.
E) Why, then, should we also believe that our American neighbor is now suddenly to be suspected of boogeymen homegrown crimes against the USA which only very, very rarely exist? How gullible do you think we Americans are?
F) The National Defense Authorization Act grants the President the power to arm the Military and the National Guard with ammunition to quell public disorder during times of “national emergency,” so far proven very convenient for the Violently Radicalized Homegrown Terrorists in our White House.
F) Why spy on Constitution-upholding Americans by broadening FISA? What is the purpose of declaring the intention to spy on terrorists, yet really targeting vocal citizens? Why target our college students as “terrorists”? Why make recommendations to the government based on discrimination, intimidation and the targeting of free thought itself?
The fact is that there are plenty of laws proven to protect us from violence. There is no need to target violent activists specifically, and to target any one cultural group is an act of discrimination.
Using your “terrorist” code language, you lead us to believe that your mission is to protect us. That’s exactly why you use the legal language that these government infiltrators “should not” clamp down on civil liberties: Because really, by not using the legal terminology “Shall not”, you are secretly asking them to do just exactly what you pretend they cannot do: Clamp down on free speech and on civil liberties!
Intimidation is the tactic and intimidation will be the yield of “recommendations” made to the government. The bedrock of this bill is founded in suspicion and is clearly intended to breed yet more suspicion among American people, causing dissension with potential to break up the powerful grassroots.