We should be afraid: STOP WATCHING US (aka, learn from history or relive it)

30 Oct

As some of you may have noticed, I’m a regular reader of Popehat, a group blog where at least a couple of authors are lawyers. Ken White, the most prolific blogger there, is a staunch and vocal advocate for freedom of speech, as it’s defined in the constitution of these United States.

Through his posts, and to a lesser degree those of his co-bloggers, I learn much too often about how the judicial system is often abused to silence criticism. Many of the would-be censorious assholes are of the private individual variety, à la Charles Carreon of The Oatmeal fame.

Some, however, are far more scary.

This week, the NSA and the DHS have been sued for attempting to infringe on the First Amendment rights of Dan McCall, who runs LibertyManiacs.com. The reason? Mr McCall dared lampoon both agencies by modifying their respective seals in obvious and extremely apropos ways. (Read here for more details on the suit)

I supported Barack Obama on both campaigns, though my feelings changed from “he’s the best candidate out there” to “holy shit, have you seen the competition?” mostly due to the erosion of civil liberties during his years in office. American citizens must realize that this tendency towards a police state has increased in momentum during the past dozen years, and that it behooves them* to take action before we all find ourselves living in a place closely resembling those depicted in post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult novels.

* I am a permanent legal resident–which means I can work and pay taxes, and am otherwise subject to all applicable laws where I live, but I cannot vote. My legal protections under the constitution should be equal to those of any US citizen, but are not. Should someone from the ‘right’ agency have a mind to, I could be detained indefinitely for deportation.

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4 Responses to “We should be afraid: STOP WATCHING US (aka, learn from history or relive it)”

  1. Lori 01/11/2013 at 12:32 AM #

    It’s fucking terrifying.

    • azteclady 02/11/2013 at 10:47 PM #

      It is terrifying. Every other day, I become aware of another instance of how the police abuse their already larger power over individuals–see here, for example.

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