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Friday, June 18, 2004
  My Country 'Tis of Thee, Sweet land of liberty So, why am I scared?

This just came in from via Chocolate Morphine with this comment "Soviet Union, NAZI Germany, Cuba, Pinochet’s Chile, Iraq, etc., all these totalitarian regimes have used their military for domestic purposes… this is a step in the wrong direction for the U.S.":
MSNBC - Intelligence: The Pentagon-Spying in America?:
"June 21 issue - Last February, two Army counterintelligence agents showed up at the University of Texas law school and demanded to see the roster from a conference on Islamic law held a few days earlier. Their reason: they were trying to track down students who the agents claimed had been asking 'suspicious' questions. 'I felt like I was in 'Law & Order',' said one student after being grilled by one of the agents. The incident provoked a brief campus uproar, and the Army later admitted the agents had exceeded their authority. But if the Pentagon has its way, the Army may not have to make such amends in the future. Without any public hearing or debate, NEWSWEEK has learned, Defense officials recently slipped a provision into a bill before Congress that could vastly expand the Pentagon's ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants."
You know, I never lived in East Germany, but I visited a few times, and travelled through alot. It was always a little eerie, the Duty Train was only allowed to travel at night, and when we would stop at towns on our way through, therre was always guards w/ machine guns patrolling the platforms. I don't want to live like that. And this from further in the article:
A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee says the provision would allow military intel agents to "approach potential sources and collect personal information from them" without disclosing they work for the government. The justification: "Current counterterrorism operations," the report explains, which require "greater latitude ... both overseas and within the United States."
On the bright side, Baby Bush has so over committed the military, that I'm not sure how many people they have to provide domestic security? And wouldn't it make some sense to allow Homeland Security to do this? Than we could, maybe, train the military agents to speak, oh, I don't know, Arabic? They don't appear to be very effective in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc...What makes anyone think they'll be all that effective here?

Screw that. I don't want the military policing Americans. This is how it can start. Build the fear in the people, they give up their rights for security, and we wind up a police state.

No thanks.

 
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