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Skyline - Houston, Texas

Monday, December 19, 2005

Big Brother is Watching - without a warrant

The Huffington Post has a good article (see link) about the recent domestic spying revelations.

According to them, the issue is not whether it's okay to spy on our neighbors, but whether the President and his cronies at NSA violated the 4th Amendment in doing so. Even now, he shamelessly admits his involvement, says he'd do it again, and blames the media for bringing it to the public's attention (a year late, but the NYT finally did the right thing).

This has been a strange few days. The Senate upheld a filibuster on the Patriot Act and approved John McCain's anti-torture bill. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Senate 55 to 45.

The Patriot Act opposition gives new meaning to the expression "politics makes strange bedfellows". It does indeed. If anyone had told me a year ago I'd be climbing in with Bob Barr and the NRA, I would have told them they were insane. However here we are, for very different reasons, opposing the Act or at least portions of it. And, I'm on Bob Barr's email list. Not the NRA however; I can't go that far.

Why should this country need an anti-torture bill? What has happened to us? Or have we been that way all along and 9/11 just provided an excuse to behave like savages. I don't know.

There do seem to be glimmers of hope.

Best wishes of the season to any lurkers out there. We seem to have picked up a commenter. Hi Gary. Keep coming back; it's lonely out here.

Ann (and Worried as well)



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