RAW DOGMA                                                                       written by Nkrumah Steward
patriot act being used against common criminals. surprise surprise.
It is being reported across all of the major news services that the Justice Department has been using the authority given to it by the USA Patriot act to crack down on terrorist on common criminals not just terrorist.
For example now a pipe bomb is legally considered a "weapon of mass destruction".
Methamphetamine and crack cocaine are now 'chemical weapons'.
In case you haven't stuck your head out of your bunker since 9-11 these are some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush administration and the USA Patriot Act following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks:

Freedom of Association - Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigation.

Freedom of Information - Government may close once-public immigration hearings, detained people without charges, and encourage bureaucrats to resist public records requests.

Freedom of Speech - Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.

Right to Legal Representation
- Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

Freedom from Unreasonable Searches
- Government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.

Right to a Speedy and Public Trial
- Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

Right to Liberty
- Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.

When civil liberties groups went after the Patriot Act as being the most blatant trampling of the U.S. constitution in recent memory, Americans were too afraid to see it.
Now conservatives groups are joining with civil liberties groups in saying that the Patriot Act and Patriot Act II have gone too far.
Alaska has been the first state to challenge the legality of the Patriot Act. Soon after Alaska stood up for themselves eight U.S. cities followed suit.
Logic and emotion are polar opposites. When you are emotional you can't think logically. You don't make rational decisions when you are emotional.
And the worst emotion of all to let get away from you is fear. Far too often the worst laws ever drawn up have been drawn up when people have been drunk with fear.
When you act out of emotion you are just simply reacting.
In other words you are allowing yourself to be controlled.
There is nothing wrong with having a healthy does of cynicism when dealing with the government. In fact, I believe that distrust of the integrity of professed motives of those in government is not only justified but should be required. Not because everyone in government is a piece of shit but for the simple fact that you are dealing with individuals that want you to give them power to create laws to govern you.
Anyone that wants that kind of power ought to be scrutinized.
Those that advocate that those who have the power to create law that govern you are to be blindly trusted are not free men.
They are already slaves.
America wouldn't be America without our constitution and our bill of rights. Essentially what makes this country great can be rested squarely are the soldiers of those two documents.
This isn't America without our right to privacy, our right to freedom of speech, press, bear arms, and assemble.
Many Americans have seem to have lost sight of this.
That is why now a pipe bomb is a "weapon of mass destruction".
Apparently that's what we went to Iraq looking for, pipe bombs and crack pipes.
Maybe if Americans hadn't been so drunk with fear they would've given an ear to more rational voices that seemed to had been drowned out under the charges of being "anti-American for not supporting the president in this periless time."
No one would dream of calling you anti-(insert home team) if you questioned the play calling of the head coach?
No one would call you anti-(insert home team) if you didn't like the direction the team was going and called for ownership to fire the General manager and get someone else in the front office. In fact, one could argue that it's because you care about the team and because you support that team that you criticize management because you want to see them do better.
And you can't blame one side of the aisle for this.
This bullshit law was passed by both Republicans as well as Democrats.
This is why democracy without having any nondiscriminatory criteria that you have to meet to run for office is a farce. You can't expect the people to sift out the qualified from the unqualified when they care as much about "what a candidate stands for" as they care about "how presidential he looks".
Without setting up essential preconditions for pubic service on a national level outside of being over the age of 35 what we have here is nothing more than a popularity contest. And that is why to remain "popular" our elected officials pass this kind of bullshit legislation. I just wish the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights would get popular again and not just bottled water, canned foods and batteries.
same difference

Majority In Us Believes Bush 'Stretched Truth' About Iraq Says New Poll
Now at least the American people are starting to understand why the UN weapons inspectors couldn't find any weapons. Apparently they didn't exist.

U.S. faces 'World War IV. "Our response should be, 'good!'" Woolsey said.
If the militaries only job was to defend our freedom they would have whomever wrote the "Patriot Act" parts one and two and every member of Congress that voted for that bill in Guantanamo Bay right now with a bag over his head eating a fried baloney sandwich in a cell somewhere.

Source: Associated Press, ABC News

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