Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Misuse of Patriot Act powers by the FBI

Do Americans Care About Big Brother?

"A quick tally of the record of civil liberties erosion in the United States since 9/11 suggests that the majority of Americans are ready to trade diminished privacy, and protection from search and seizure, in exchange for the promise of increased protection of their physical security"

Posted by sold 2 rent 1 @ 11:26 AM (703 views)
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8 thoughts on “Misuse of Patriot Act powers by the FBI

  • If you sacrifice freedom for security…. you end up with neither.

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  • “Those Who Would Sacrifice Liberty for Security Deserve Neither.” Franklin

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  • Dante——springs to mind.

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  • japanese uncle says:

    A fool and his/her money will soon parted.
    Fools and democracy will soon be parted.

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  • shipbuilder says:

    We have become a comfortable, insulated and exceptionally priveleged society – we neither know nor care what we are giving away becuase we have never fought or even suffered to gain it in the first place. Everything our ancestors fought and campaigned for – human rights, demorcacy, personal freedoms, restrictions on working time, the NHS etc. etc. all being frittered away in front of our eyes for a hollow promise of financial and personal security from the very people who took them away from us.

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  • True – but a shame that we have to fight and die just to realise what we’ve got.

    Personally I think that sh1ts like tony blair have eroded all trust in the democratic process. And with a two party race in the US it can’t be any better over there. To be honest, if we’re going to fight for democracy it does need to be a better form of democracy than that which blair/brown etc dish out. I would still imagine that the UK democracy is one of the best in the world, but then I guess there is no direct measure.

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  • sold 2 rent 1 says:

    At least the US have Ron Paul, who despite the unbelievable odds against him, may pull it out of the bag when the information war is won.

    Who do we have…..George Galloway…..meeeeeoooooowwwww

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  • I think that things are going to change. Liebour have, for 10 years, convinced most of the people in this country that they’ve never had it so good. They’ve said it so many times “low interest rates, low unemployment, low inflation” etc that people have just started to believe it. Coupled with a compliant media and a largely ineffectual Tory party and people have been racking up the debt but feeling jolly good about it. Well, as we know the carousel is about to stop turning and people are about to find out that they’ve been lied to, their future financial security (and that of their kids) has been wasted and their standard of living is going through the floor. Personally, I think there are going to be a lot of extremely disenchanted people in this country in the next couple of years and they’re going to want scalps and answers and (hopefully) a way to improve things for everyone.

    Plus generations do have a way of going against what has gone previously. I think overall since Liebour came to power people have just sat back and let things happen around them, largely without questioning. I realise the Anti War demonstrations would suggest otherwise but largely there hasn’t been a great deal of demonstrations, direct action, strikes etc. If there is one thing we like in the UK it’s fair play and Well again, I think when people realise that they have essentially been lied to and cheated they’re going to react. Personally, I can’t wait. There is nothing more democratic than a proper demonstation with some direct action thrown in. Time for the people to wake from their reality-TV slumbers………………

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