Wednesday, January 18, 2006

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: A Constitutional Crisis

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: A Constitutional Crisis: "Following is the text of a speech delivered by Al Gore in Washington, D.C. on January 16. Gore was introduced by former Republican congressman Bob Barr, an arch-conservative advocate of privacy rights. Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times over the years, but we have joined together today with thousands of our fellow citizens -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- to express our shared concern that America's Constitution is in grave danger."
(click the link to read the entire article)

Now I know that most of us have poked fun at Gore in the past. One thing I would like to say is this man is hitting things right on the money.

...the Executive Branch of our government has been caught eavesdropping on huge numbers of American citizens and has brazenly declared that it has the unilateral right to continue without regard to the established law enacted by Congress to prevent such abuses.

What I find particularly disturbing is that the current Administration is doing not but ignoring some of our basic laws, but this has all happened in the past. I can think of “The Red Menace” and “Drug Wars”. We should get used to this, it isn’t going to change. Once we decided that giving up some of our rights was fine so that we could sleep better at night in the post 9/11 world, there is no telling where things might go. Now, I’m not saying that the government we have is going to turn into a total dictatorship or something along those lines. But, the time is not far off that just posting what I am here could get me into big huhu.
Now, I agree that something had to change after what happened on 9/11, but I don’t think we need to give up all our rights just to have a safe place to live. What 9/11 should have done was tell us that we are no longer untouchable. We may be one of the most powerful nations on the planet, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to like us. Wars will occur and attacks on our country will happen again (History shows us that much.). But to make everyone suspect in his own nation seems a bit Stalinistic to me.
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