Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Are you angry? Not nearly angry enough...

Fascinating. I commend to you this article, pointing out a major expansion of FBI powers that was essentially buried by the administration in its news management. While it's pretty clear from subsequent discussion that this isn't exactly a wholesale sneak enactment of Patriot II, it's also clear that the Bush administration is doing everything in its power to erode civil rights very, very quietly.

Frankly, I'm not even as bothered by the legislation itself (heinous though it is) as by how it was managed -- signing it on the day Saddam was captured was surely intentional, to bury the story as effectively as possible. A rational man faces up to the critics of his ideas, admits their points, and then does the right thing. This sort of sneakery is the path of a coward who has neither the desire nor ability to deal with the other side, but just wants to ram his decisions through.

The scary part is that, while I'm not quite willing to state outright that the Bush administration is intentionally attempting to create a police state, they are definitely doing exactly what someone trying to set up a police state would do. The creation of a general atmosphere of fear; the use of that excuse to erode civil liberties; the careful use of demogoguery to silence critics -- it's pretty textbook. And the media are letting him get away with it to a degree that can only be called shameful.

It's easy to fly off the handle here, and I'm trying not to do so. But it's important to recognize that, by the time things go over the edge, it's much too late to do anything about it. I'd prefer that we not have to go through a complete rerun of the 1950's before the country wakes up once again to the fact that civil liberties are there for a reason...

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