Archive for Thursday, August 15, 2002

Trading liberty

August 15, 2002


From a pre-9-11 speech: "Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and associations; and the violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise proscribed."

Sound familiar? It's from Hitler's 1933 speech calling for "an Enabling Act" for "the protection of the People and the State" after the disastrous Reichstag fire.

Trading liberty for protection is a bad bet, even when the politicians mean well. Just last week the Justice Department told a federal judge the courts had no right to review the indefinite imprisonment of U.S. citizens, without charges or counsel, if they are declared enemy combatants.

Wait. This could be useful. There's a guy up the street I don't like. If I call TIPS and ....

Pat Moore,


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