After 9/11, all we heard from our "leaders" was that there was a terrorist under every rock on American soil. Maybe not in those words, but similar, by the many minions of the right, echoing the tripe that was coming out of Bush and Cheney's mouths. Of course we remember all the WMD's that were at Hussein's disposal. I remember the diagrams being shown on the news, describing in great detail, the trucks and equipment used to hide these weapons.
I guess you could say I was as frightened and more aware as the next person. One of the results of that awful day...was the Patriot Act. As it came out in bits and pieces, I thought some things sounded good, but the issue of the wiretapping just never sat right with me.
I flashed back to the mid 60's, when Robert Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover had quite a blowout over wiretapping - and it pissed me off at that time as well. When I realized the Bush administration was pushing this issue, I wondered how far out of hand, the "illegal" invasion of privacy, would go. I knew that the wiretapping that was being allowed, would be used arbitrarily. I was right! This guy here, just seems so blase about the entire stripping of civil rights and freedoms.
You go Russ Feingold. I see no humanly way possible, that anyone (any administration) could guarantee that any wiretapping would only target terrorists. Until that caveat could be honored - I say no more....period!!
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