"United we stand?" In the rockets red glare?
On who are the rockets, now, raining? How discerning is "that" rain?
Who is "we?" Where is it that "we" are standing?
If one asks such questions is he/she not part of the "we?" Not standing where "we" is standing? Probably, yes. Asking such questions sets one apart from the we and where they are standing. Those standing in such a location are aware of their "location." Most probably, it is not the first time they've stood apart.
The latest predicted calamity is the "war on dissent," the dark night of repression soon to fall upon North America, in which legitimate protest is branded as treason and innocent dissidents are rounded up in unmarked cars. Indeed, in some quarters the war is already said to have begun. Didn't a couple of advertisers pull out of Bill Maher's show? Hadn't two small-town journalists in the United States lost their jobs for writing columns critical of the President? What's that but a blacklist -- a short list, to be sure, but still a list....Andrew Coyne, October 29, 2001
The world has turned. This I say to friends and enemies.
Thousands died on September 11, 2001, never to be recovered. That day has generated a "War" which is now wreaking havoc in a land without, if you'll pardon the expression, a pot to piss in. Does anyone really believe that all those bombs are streaming down and centering on the Taliban? These bombs, dropped from thousands of feet in the air, are of their own accord avoiding the innocent? Surely there are some innocent in Afghanistan. No?
Why is it of late that the US of A ends up playing Goliath to David? Did the David parable teach us nothing? Were those airliners not, in effect, guided pebbles aimed at Goliath?
So, September 11th generated the War and the War has caused a bill to have been ramrod through Congress, thence to be signed into law. This, the so-called Patriot Act.
Among the provisions of dubious constitutionality are the new "sneak-and-peek" search warrants that permit federal law enforcement agencies to enter any person's home or office when they are away to search their property, make photos of what they find, and even seize the items, and never tell the person until after the search and seizure has been accomplished...John W. Dean, October 26, 2001
Now, there are many who assert that this is necessary. That the Feds must have this authority or the bad guys might remain silently secure and protected. But, the granting of this authority rests on the premise that the Feds can be trusted. No?
The Feds. Who are these guys? Well, one thing for sure. They are not Scully and Mulder.
These are the guys that have demonstrated, as far as the First Nations are concerned, that they can not be trusted. These are the guys responsible for fabrications constructed so as to drag Leonard from Canada.
Yes indeed, these are those guys!Now, if these guys feel I am a terrorist - and they need not justify that to an unbiased panel of Vermont citizens - they can charge up here to this mountain while I am not around, do their "sneak and peek" number, fade away and then come back to lock me up at their convenience. Now, anyone want to discuss the legitimacy of Mount Rushmore and how to deal with that? No...I think not, not at this time anyway.
InternetAs for the Internet and how those guys relate, it's a new ball game:
Carnivore can be imposed on an ISP (Internet Service Provider) if those guys say we are terrorists. But, hey, who needs Carnivore when the so-called Patriot Act has established some new rules:
Need a Lawyer?
If you are expecting something good to wrap this column up, forget it.Attorney General Aschroft has now decreed the end of lawyer client confidentiality:
...in those cases where the Attorney General has certified that reasonable suspicion exists to believe that an inmate may use communications with attorneys or their agents to further or facilitate acts of violence or terrorism, this rule amends the existing regulations to provide that the Bureau is authorized to monitor mail or communications with attorneys in order to deter such acts, subject to specific procedural safeguards, to the extent permitted under the Constitution and laws of the United States...28 CFR Parts 500 and 501, National Security; Prevention of Acts of Violence and Terrorism; Final Rule, 31 October 2001
To spell this out...those alleged to be "terrorists" will have all interaction with their lawyer(s) monitored by the Feds. Of course, this would only apply to those whom the Feds classify a terrorist. And, of course, the Feds would never, never wrongly apply such a term.
RUN, do not walk to the MIT Distribution Center for PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) site...