The end of civil liberties

The president has declared that the "War On Terror" is a real war, and that in order to fight this war, he needs extraordinary powers to protect us. This rationale has been used before to validate the erosion of Civil Liberties. It has been used in places like Soviet Russia during the cold war, Italy during World War 2, Germany under the rule of the Nazis. Just as in other wars used to justify the ending of people's rights, this war will never end. You cannot win a war on terror just like you can't win a war on gravity. Terrorism has existed for more than 2000 years. George Bush can't defeat it, but by using it as an excuse, he can do whatever he wants for as long as he wants including monitoring his own citizens phone calls and internet usage and targeting American citizens who are members of the Muslim religion. His claim that he is only monitoring international traffic has already been proved false. The NSA is monitoring millions of Americans with no existing or possible ties to the terrorists. They have resumed their data-mining operations that were originally shut down when they were brought to light. Bush has restarted this with no congressional approval or oversight. Indeed, this "War on Terror" is not a war. Only congress has the right to declare war, but the administration is ignoring that check on its power as well.

Posted: Mon - December 26, 2005 at 10:26 AM           |