Let’s all admit it. Let’s stop the denial and look at what’s really going on. Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you’ve probably realized that ever since this “War On Terror” began, our civil liberties and freedoms have been rather rapidly eroding away. Probably the single most important provision to a system of justice is due process. Your charges are openly brought against you, you’re innocent until proven guilty, you’re brought before a jury of your peers to defend yourself, you have a right to an attorney, and so on. Well take a look at this:
The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial — prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat.
The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.
“I’m very, very, concerned about having U.S. citizens sent to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the Senate’s most conservative members.
Paul’s top complaint is that a terrorism suspect would get just one hearing where the military could assert that the person is a suspected terrorist — and then they could be locked up for life, without ever formally being charged. The only safety valve is a waiver from the secretary of defense.
“It’s not enough just to be alleged to be a terrorist,” Paul said, echoing the views of the American Civil Liberties Union. “That’s part of what due process is — deciding, are you a terrorist? I think it’s important that we not allow U.S. citizens to be taken.”
Democrats who were also concerned about liberties compared the military policing of Americans to the detention of Americans in internment camps during World War II.
“Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who offered another amendment — which has not yet gotten a vote — that she said would correct the problem. “We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.”
Backers of military detention of Americans — a measure crafted by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) — came out swinging against Udall’s amendment on the Senate floor earlier Tuesday.
“The enemy is all over the world. Here at home. And when people take up arms against the United States and [are] captured within the United States, why should we not be able to use our military and intelligence community to question that person as to what they know about enemy activity?” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
“They should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer,” Graham said. “They should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us.”
Source: Huffington Post
Of course, none of this is really new. We’ve had the Patriot Act for a while, but now they’re just wanting to push all of this police state legislation even further. We already have a system of dealing with wrong-doers. We already have laws in place for crimes. There’s never a need to create a special set of laws for “terrorists”.
You know, maybe I just see this stuff so clearly because I’ve spent years of my life studying history. I think about the old Soviet Union, North Korea, Nazi Germany, and the list goes on. There’s a pattern to what they do. They always use the same tactics, over and over and over. You have to manufacture an idea of either internal or external terror. In our case, it’s Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Next you create secret prisons because you need to develop a separate legal system to bypass the courts and the normal rule of law. This is the true intention behind Guantanamo Bay. You tell the people that these special “terrorists” don’t have any rights, and after extensive propaganda campaigns you have to hammer into people’s minds fear, fear, and more fear. That way they give up their freedoms voluntarily. Next you need your own personal thug paramilitary caste to enforce your arbitrary rule of law. This is what Blackwater is. As this police state develops, huge government programs grow up to spy and police the citizens all under the guise of protecting you from “terrorists”. I’ve already written written several blog posts about developments in this area. You can find one I wrote about two years ago here. They start reading your mail, they’re listening into your phone calls, they’re gaining access to your bank accounts, and so on. They start monitoring more and more people. Once they’ve gained a huge foothold over the system, they start arbitrarily throwing dissidents in jail, removing political enemies, and controlling the press. In the end the entire free society as you knew it is gone and you’re left with a totalitarian dictator running the show.
Currently we’re at the step where they keep broadening the concept as to what constitutes a “terrorist”, and continue to expand their facilities which carefully monitor the people.
Maybe I’m over-exaggerating here. Maybe there’s no need for alarm. But I can’t say that to all of you and be honest about how I feel. I’m worried. Luckily this sort of thing isn’t being ignored. Even guys like Jon Stewart are covering this. Sad thing is, people just laugh about it. It’s not funny. When I watched this skit, I didn’t laugh at all. I sat in terror.
Like most people, I don’t want to deal with any of this. I think, “Why is this happening to me? Why now? Why during my generation?” There’s always someone wanting steal our freedom, take our money, silence our free speech, and confine us to a miserable life of poverty and toil. Like every generation, we have to stand up and stop these people from ruining everything.