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Andrew Pulrang on Ashcroft Ashcroft cited an Al-Quida terrorist training manual that says, among other nasty things, that terrorists should use the rules and protections of our free society to their advantage in their attempt to destroy us. Fine, I get the irony. Does that mean that we need to stop being a free society? Nazis in the early 1930's used Germany's democratic system to gain power, then promptly used that power to dismantle democracy. Does that mean that it would have been better if Germany hadn't been democratic to begin with? Ashcroft's comment implies that in order to preserve the way we are, we need to become completely different. I disagree. You can go around in circles about this, but we also play into terrorists' hands if we dispense with our civil liberties protections. To me, the only thing to do is to continue to be who we are, authentically, and pursue criminals in a fair, agressive, and straightforward manner. Either our system is the best, most effective one, or it isn't. Personally, I'm putting my faith in our system, civil liberties and all. It will get the job done, and we don't need Ashcroft's thumb on our side of the scales.(9:11 AM) ¶
Dave is dead on right. If you will forgive a somewhat geeky reference, one of the major themes in Babylon 5 was the takeover of the Earth Government by something very similar. It became seditious to speak out against the government and people were being arrested and convicted for just speaking their minds. Critics of the show cited this as one of the reasons it was a bad show. How could such a thing happen? It was ludicrous. The writer of the show replied very simply: he took all of that material directly from history. He was appalled at how few people seemed to know anything about Senator McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Commission. If you think it can't happen here, remember that it did happen here. And it can certainly happen again. Any time a populace is scared, it can happen. And, right now, we're scared.(7:28 AM) ¶
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