Sunday, February 26, 2006

THAT CHILLING EFFECT
Emphasis and italics mine.
The following happened in the United States of America on Feb. 9 of this year.

The scene is the Little Falls branch of the Montgomery County Public Library in Bethesda, Md. Business is going on as usual when two men in uniform stride into the main reading room and call for attention. Then they make an announcement: It is forbidden to use the library's computers to view Internet pornography.

As people are absorbing this, one of the men challenges a patron about a Web site he is visiting and asks the man to step outside. At this point, a librarian intervenes and calls the uniformed men aside. A police officer is summoned. The men leave. It turns out they are employees of the county's department of Homeland Security and were operating way outside their authority.


Don't you feel more secure knowing that Homeland Security is looking out for your best interests? Something comes to mind; a quote I seem to recall. "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Yes we do have a reason to fear. History repeats itself for those who do not learn the lessons from the past.

We are indebted to reporter Cameron W. Barr of the Washington Post for the account of this incident, which, I feel constrained to repeat, did not happen in China, Cuba or North Korea. Rather, it happened a few days ago in this country. Right here in freedom's land.

Have you felt it yet? Soon, very soon it will come breaking through the door.

Do you have your ID card? Do you know where it is? I am sorry sir, but I can't seem to locate it. Well step outside sir, we have a few questions for you!

The article from Leonard Pitts at Buffalo News continues:

And there are others who'd say, "So what?" They're in the 51 percent, according to a recent Los Angles Times/Bloomberg poll, who say we should be ready to give up our freedoms in exchange for security. Apparently, they are ignorant of what Benjamin Franklin said: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Apparently, they're also unversed in something candidate Bush said in 1999: "There ought to be limits to freedom." This nugget of wisdom wasn't dropped in a discussion of national security. Rather, it was the future president's reaction to a Web site that made fun of him.

Seven years later, he's clearly getting his wish. It chills me to know that doesn't chill more of us. Indeed, of all the many things I cannot fathom about certain of my countrymen and women, their ability to be sanguine at the threatened abrogation of their rights is very near the top.

The only way I can explain it is that freedom - the right to do, say, think, go, "live" as you please - is so ingrained in our psyche, has been such a part of us for so long, that some people are literally unable to imagine life without it. They seem fundamentally unable to visualize how drastically things would change without these freedoms they treat so cavalierly, what it would be like to need government approval to use the Internet, buy a firearm, watch a movie or read these very words.

If that sounds alarmist, consider again the experience at Little Falls, where an agent of the government literally read over a man's shoulder, Big Brother like, and tried to prevent him from seeing what he had chosen to see. The fact that we are at war doesn't make that OK. The fact that we are panicked doesn't make it OK. The allegation that the material is unsavory doesn't make it OK.

EPILOGUE


How do the occult movers and shakers of our world define freedom? It is defined much differently by them.
The word "freedom," which can be interpreted in various ways, is defined by us as follows:---
Freedom is the right to do that which the law allows.
Note, there is no higher authority here than man in their view.
This interpretation of the word [freedom] will at the proper time be of service to us, because all freedom will thus be in our hands, since the laws will abolish or create only that which is desirable for us according to the aforesaid programme.(1)

I am struck by two statements made by Leonard Pitts. "It chills me to know that doesn't chill more of us." "They seem fundamentally unable to visualize how drastically things would change without these freedoms they treat so cavalierly,"

This my friends, is exactly what they predicted would occur.
There is another reason also why they will close their eyes: for we shall keep promising them to give back all the liberties we have taken away as soon as we have quelled the enemies of peace and tamed all parties.......
It is not worth while to say anything about how long a time they will be kept waiting for this return of their liberties.....

The liberties removed by the Patriot Act will not be returned.

Steve


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END NOTES


(1) Protocols Of The Meetings Of The Learned Elders Of Zion, Protocol No. 12, in M.W.Cooper,Behold A Pale Horse, (Flagstaff, AZ: Light Technology Publishing, 1991), p. 297.
(2) Protocols Of The Meetings Of The Learned Elders Of Zion, Protocol No.11 , in M.W.Cooper,Behold A Pale Horse, (Flagstaff, AZ: Light Technology Publishing, 1991), p. 297.

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