Thursday, July 3, 2008

And a Happy Fourth To You

"Early next week the U.S. Senate will vote on an extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with a few small amendments intended to immunize telecommunications corporations that assisted our government in the warrantless and illegal wiretapping it has grown to love.

That such a gutting of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution even made it out of committee is yet another stain on the gutless and seemingly powerless Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.

That a majority on both sides of the aisle-not least of them the presumptive nominees for president of both political parties-intend to vote for such a violation of Americans' right to privacy and of the sanctity of their personal communications is a stunning surrender to those who want us to live in fear forever.

We are living in a time when the right of habeas corpus-which simply put is your right to be brought before a proper court of law where the government is made to prove that there is good and legal reason to detain you-recently survived by a margin of only one vote at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now these bad actors are prepared to set aside your right to privacy-written into the Constitution as a key part of our Bill of Rights..."

Which brings to mind all those troops over there "Protecting our freedom."

Wrong place. Wrong target.


Ari said...

Sorry Pal. Sometimes I just become numb and don't know what to do or what to think anymore. I ride out in the fields by myself and just lose connection. I try to put the puzzle together and I fail over and over again. When did all this happen? When did we start letting it happen?? Tomorrow I will do a personal moment of silence for all those farm boys that are getting killed oversees.

The King said...

I thought this blog was about cycling. I did not know I needed to put my political thinking cap on.

strangelife said...

Never said this was only about cycling. Don't wet your pants over it.