Saturday, May 09, 2009

Land of the Free. Not.

Bella Gerens reports on the fact that the US government is using the Patriot Act against its own citizens.
When the recent Bush administration rammed the Patriot Act through Congress, ostensibly to deal with cases of suspected terrorism without exposing the public to unnecessary risk, there were those who said, ‘This is horrible. The Patriot Act makes a mockery of due process. Soon, we’ll see Bush’s political enemies languishing without trial in detention centres all over the country!’

Those same people, who tended to count themselves amongst Bush’s political enemies, breathed sighs of relief audible 4,000 miles away when Obama was elected, and then again when Obama took office. ‘Thank God,’ they said to one another gratefully. ‘No need to worry about terrorism gulags any more.’

Now, obviously, under Obama—since he's the fucking messiah and a nice, cuddly Democrat, an' all—the government would never use this disgraceful Act; in fact, they've probably abolished it, right? Er...
A 16-year-old boy from East Buddhafuckshire in my home state was dragged out of his house by federal officers on 5 March (for allegedly making prank bomb threats over internet telephone) and removed to a juvenile detention centre half a continent away. No explanation has been given; no formal charges have been laid; no evidence has been put before any judicial figure; there is a gag order on the case – and even now, two months later, this child is still in prison under the provisions of the Patriot Act.

Fuck me: throwing people into prison without a charge, a judge or trial, and terrorist legislation misused by heavy-handed government stormtroopers officials... You know what? There's something about this that sounds very familiar—I just can't put my finger on it...

Anyway, Bella's fucking annoyed...
His mother says she feels like she’s living in a Third World country. She never expected to have to protect her children from her own government.

Well, I have some messages to deliver.

To the child’s mother: If you really believed you were safe from your own government, you’re an idiot. Who the fuck but the US government could get at you in the redneck-infested wasteland that is Granville County?

To those who supported the Patriot Act: You dangerous, self-righteous, hypocritical lunatics. Let’s see how you like it when Obama turns it against you, as he inevitably will. Why do you think his government has been re-labelling libertarians as domestic terrorists? And you’ll have only your stupid selves to blame.

To those who loathed the Patriot Act until their christus gloriosus seized the helm of the ship of state: You spineless, hypocritical maggots. Civil liberties are evidently not so important once the jackboot is on your foot! Where is your fucking freedom crusade now?

Do wander over and read the whole thing, or find out more about the so-called Patriot Martyr.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."Benjamin Franklin

Or, of course, perhaps we should try a little Bill Hicks...
"I think the puppet on the right shares my views. I think the puppet on the left shares my views. Hey there's one guy holding up both puppets!

"SHUT UP!

"Go back to bed, America, your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed America, your government is in control.

"Here—here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up, go back to bed America, here is American Gladiators, here is 56 channels of it!

"Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on the living in the land of freedom.

"Here you go America—you are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!"

How different it all is in this fine country, the cradle of freedom. Hey! Wait a minute: our government is trampling all over our...

SHUT UP! Go back to bed, people of Britain: your government is in control. Here, watch the Britain's Got Freaks and The Apprentice Arsehole. Sit back and watch these talentless know-nothing weirdos prance about like fucking tits; sit back, get fat and forget about RIPA, and detention without charge, and illegal wars, and expenses frauds.

You just fucking sit there, you fucking morons: when we want you to vote, we'll tell you what to do and which one of us to vote for. Until that time, you just sit there on your fucking credit-bought sofa and shut the fuck up.

And remember, you are free to do what we tell you, you fucking saps.

+++ THIS HAS BEEN A POLITICAL BROADCAST ON BEHALF OF YOUR GOVERNMENT, WHICHEVER IDENTIKIT MAINSTREAM PARTY HAPPENS TO BE RUNNING IT AT THE TIME. +++

5 comments:

JuliaM said...

According to the link above, there's now some doubt about whether the Patriot Act is even involved in the case: "A memo marked "Not for distribution outside law enforcement" was circulated today accusing Mrs. Lundeby of making "false claims" about the use of the PATRIOT act
and her son's present circumstances.Those claims led the office of US Attorney David Capp to issue a press release today insisting that the charges against Ashton Lundeby "is unrelated to the PATRIOT act." "

Chalcedon said...

That little scenario was on Drudge. Seems the patriot act trumps the famous US constitution. I hope she has got her Congressman and state Senators on the case, but the US seems to be more of a police state than the UK. At least here the police, when caught out, show a modicum of guilt about the way they acted. Or is it embarrassment? Or am I deluding myself? A federal EU will be just as rotten.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid it does all boil down to the belief that civil rights (or whatever the issue may be) are sacrosanct only so long as the other party is in power.

Read the American blogosphere and you'll see diehard Republicans who masturbated over the Patriot Act yelling about its unconstitutionality and its pernicious effect on American democracy. At the same time, Democrats who've spent much of the last eight years resisting the Bush-era GOP's repressive legislation are now happy to use that legislation themselves.

In a hyperpartisan environment, it's all very predictable. US politics isn't really about Left vs Right or Liberal vs Conservative or any of these other labels. It's really about My Tribe vs Your Tribe; My Tribe is always good and Your Tribe is always evil. Policies don't enter the equation. In fact, even personalities barely get a look in - it's always just Red vs Blue, My Tribe vs Your Tribe.

If you want a laugh, take a look at the US blogosphere and behold the (many, many, many) Democrats who now hate Obama because they feel he is insufficiently hostile to the Republicans and, particularly, the South.

bella gerens said...

If the mother's claims about Lundeby are false, I'd be interested to know under what other act/legislation it is permitted to detain a child for two months without, seemingly, charge or counsel.

Because, in addition to the Patriot Act, this mysterious other one needs to be repealed too.

TableBear said...

His mother was told by FBI agents that "IP addresses can't be hacked."

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