Monday, November 28, 2011

James Madison once said...

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."

The last decade has been terrible of civil liberties in this country. Last I checked its been over 10 years since anyone died at the hands of terrorists in the US. We don't exactly have enemies knocking down the gates. I understand that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measure but those times are clearly past. But we're still holding enemy combatants without trial, we're still spending hundreds of billions nation building and we're trying to pass a new Patriot Act. Worse still, the latest National Defense Authorization Act has some scary stuff in it. The language is sufficiently vague that it could be used to justify jailing anyone anywhere in the world (including US citizens in the US) without due process. My heart sank when I read this:

At least Obama has threatened to veto the bill. I'm really glad McCain (one of the authors of the bill) isn't president right now.

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