Thursday, December 09, 2004

Why Does Bush Hate Liberty?

As we've previously quoted here at What We Know, Thomas Jefferson once said "A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither". Time and again, though, Shrubby and his gang have succeeded in scaring the American people into giving up their hard won freedoms.

First we had the Patriot Act which (besides winning the George Orwell award of 2002) chipped away at many our liberties. Now we have the troubling, recently passed Intelligence Bill. USA Today explains:
"Overall, it's another threat to civil liberties in this country," said Charlie Mitchell, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "It's just a continuation of what the administration's been doing."

Under the bill, a legal presumption would be established denying bail for anyone indicted by a grand jury on terrorism charges. Although the suspect could appeal to a judge, the burden of proof would be on the defendant to show release would be prudent.
Now before you get all up in arms that terrorists deserve whatever they get:
Skeptics say the provision has the potential to be abused, possibly resulting in long detentions for people ultimately found innocent.

"Unfortunately, this Justice Department has a record of abusing its detention powers post-9/11 and of making terrorism allegations that turn out to have no merit," said Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis.
Don't believe him. Look at the record number of terrorism convictions since 9/11. What's that? There haven't been any?

Bottom line, it's understandable to want to live your life in safety, but at what cost? They say it's for our own good, but haven't they lied to us about enough that we should no longer trust them?

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