May 20, 2006

No Tears for Our Dying Civil Rights

Yesterday on All Things Considered, people interviewed were heard saying again and again that they understood why we had to give up our rights to privacy and our fourth amendment rights because they knew the world was really, really scary these days. They were uneasy about knowing the government had been secretly spying on them as well as the terrorists, but gosh, it was the price we had to pay and, of course, we could trust the government to not abuse that power. Not one person was heard to say that this kind of power in the hands of even the most trustworthy people is highly dangerous and we need to have some real oversight to make sure that the power is not abused.

How do they know the power is not abused? Well, because even our Democratic representatives seem to be quite okay with the architect who built the massive database with all our personal information and, then, of course, our supine media repeats over and over again that there is no reason to be concerned. We who are shocked and awed at the complete disaster this administration has made of our form of government and of our Constitution are just whistling in the dark. Nothing seems to get through the fog of propaganda and happy talk and not so subtle threats from those like Senator Pat Roberts who wants people to believe that if they don't allow the government to spy on their every action, they are courting death from the evil terrorists. And any who object are collaborating with the terrorists.

We are supposed to trust this government because it's only the bad guys that have been locked up without any recourse and who cares about them any way? Our government would never make a mistake. And they've shown us they have the right priorities for making us safer. After all the government is actively going after the worst terrorist threats we face on the domestic front: namely, the eco-terrorists who are known to burn and destroy property belonging to industries damaging the environment.

I am so sick of the news these days. I am sick at heart when I realize once again, Americans are been conned into "trusting their government" when it is clear that this trust is completely misplaced. And why can't the NPR reporter ask a couple of simple questions of all those people they are interviewing about giving up our rights: why shouldn't the Congress and Courts oversee the administration's deeds? If everything was okay, then why is the administration hiding it from everyone including the Congress and the Courts?

Posted by Mary at May 20, 2006 11:33 AM | Civil Liberties | Technorati links |

NPR went over to the "dark side" ages ago.

Posted by: shoephone at May 20, 2006 03:18 PM

If the ecoterrorists primarily went after property owned by companies destroying the environment, I might have more sympathy for them. Instead, they burn down a building housing records and seed collections of the native plants of Washington, including ones believed to be extinct. They release rabbits and minks from fur farms without concern about the ecosystem impact "returning" them to the wild will cause. I seldom hear anyone doing anything to, say, Monsanto.

Posted by: tjewell at May 20, 2006 07:37 PM

I heard the same NPR segment and had a similar reaction. The interviewees seemed so, sooo reasonable, weighing the issues carefully and deciding that in due consideration we should trust our government and let them do whatever it takes to protect us... That's scary.

Posted by: Michael Miller at May 21, 2006 03:25 PM

This week, I am reading accounts by Arabic speaking reporters (Anthony Shadid and Nir Rosen) of Iraqis' lives and the developing insurgency/resistance.. I sure as hell wouldn't like to meet any of these guys -- but they at least are willing to fight and die for their country. We apparently are a bunch of scared rabbits who are willing to let Big Brother subvert our historic values simply because to do otherwise would be inconvenient.

Posted by: janinsanfran at May 21, 2006 08:11 PM

Nice Polite Republicans.

Posted by: andy at May 22, 2006 06:42 AM