There is an excellent post over on Cato@Liberty about the U.K. gambling CEO who was arrested at a U.S. airport. I have issues with the following:
The distressing part is just how far some in the U.S. government will go to impose their values on American citizens.
The really distressing part is just how far the US government will go to impose their values on NON-US citizens, much less their own. We have arrested the CEO of a UK company who has violated no law in his own country. His crime was of landing on US soil for a connecting flight, as the US wasn’t even his destination. As a US citizen, I am ashamed of the actions of our government.
Yesterday, I posted a rant about the oppressive regime that has power in the US. Many may have labeled me as a raving conspiracy nut as a result, but such is life. That post was prompted, in part by a bill which could restrict freedom of the press.
As an aside, look at the original lyrics to War Pigs, and you’ll see why I chose that as the title of my post.
I feel oppressed. I feel like we are living in pre-WWII Germany, where a fascist regime has taken power. Yes, I just called George W Bush a fascist. I’ll go one better and call him a war criminal, too.
Everyone remembers Abu Ghraib, right? How about the lack of due process afforded to those at Guantanamo Bay? As President, Bush is also Command-in-Chief. As such, he is responsible for these war crimes.
Now let’s looks at my other charge: fascism. We’ll start with a dictionary definition of the word. From dictionary.com:
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. (emphasis mine)
Anyone who says that the current administration hasn’t used fear of another terrorist attack to push their own agenda is living in an alternate reality. What else is the “War on Terror” for? We’re certainly no safer for it.
Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” I guess we, as a society, deserve neither. And because we have given up so much already, the terrorists have won.
Slashdot | U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft Resigns There is hope for our freedom yet.
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There is an article over at sp!ked-IT titled How Liberty was lost on the internet which talks about takedown notices to ISPs. I was somewhat disappointed that the article does not discuss is the potential repercussions to the ISP (because of the DMCA) if they do not follow the takedown notice. If the ISP makes a judgement call on the side of the website operator and is proven wrong, the DMCA makes the ISP partly responsible for the copyright violation. If they wrongly act on the side of the complaining party, they are guilty of censorship. What’s an ISP to do?
Finally, sanity prevails! Unfortunately, it was the jury who was sane, not the government. (See this article.) I extremely dislike the Patriot Act, as I feel it is overly vague, poorly written, and overly broad (intentionally, I’m sure), so I see this as a win 🙂