Because freedom can't protect itself
Did you read about the recent torture manuals found in Iraq? Does that matter to you? NO. It's easy to sit on your ass and knock the US but you'd be the first whining little putz around if Al Queda gave you a taste of their methods. But sure, let those bastards really torture people--what do you care when you can sit back here nice and safe, sipping latte and preventing us from using methods that can help us save lives, while you don't even care that those bastards are cutting people's heads off, or torturing to death the most recent US soldier found floating in the river. I only wish innocent people didn't have to suffer and ivory towers asses like you could, for a change. But you're nice and safe, aren't you. Geez, you make me mad.
In response to Bob Reichâ€™s comment: The point is that detaining people that the U.S. Army has classified as non-threats is not saving any lives; itâ€™s just wasting taxpayer money and distracting from catching actual terrorists. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I do love the American flag pin on your lapel. But before you accuse people who disagree with you on policy of being unpatriotic, keep in mind that itâ€™s your buddies in the Bush administration who dodge drafts and hold hands with Saudi oilmen who are stabbing the American soldier in the back.
I read today that Cindy Sheehan was giving up her battle for the peace movement in this country and the first thing I thought to myself was that woman has probably gone through hell and back trying to do what she felt was the right thing to do. She doesn't realize that because the neocons who supported this war (and helped get it started) are on both sides of the aisle in politics,in the catholic church, are the corporate heads of the media,run Hollywood, control all telecommunication cos., and on and on, the ability to dissent on anything in this country is a thing of the past unless you get the neocons on your side. And, since it is their war, you better be on their side about this. They love the fact that this war has given them the ability to have absolute power over others through technology, and as the Constitution continues to be destroyed, their power will be unlimited for them to do and get whatever they want at the expense of innocent people. I sat in front of my tv on Sunday and watched the live performance of the Memorial Day festivities in Washington. As I sat there knowing that every celebrity in that show was also viewing me and as I listened to them talk about the freedoms we have in this country, I didn't know whether to sit there and laugh or cry about their hypocricy knowing they were fully aware of the freedoms that are being taken away. The brave men and women who died for our country would be appalled at what our country has become-a spying, harassing, selfish group only concerned about their agenda for power, position, and money.If these same men and women were looking down from Heaven and seeing the freedom my family has lost in this unjust surveillance prison for no other reason but our religious faith, they would be shocked that this has happened in the USA. Especially when they realized that the reason for our continued imprisonment was because I figured out we were being spied on by Fox news and I told them I knew we were targetted for spying not only by the neocons in our government but also the neocons in our church who want to merge the catholic church with the US government, and they were targetting for harassment all catholics who may be opposed to this agenda. Unfortunately, I also blurted out my views on the war and 911 and the Patriot Act and so on. If I have been harassed unceasingly using the tool of satellite surveillance, I can't even imagine what Cindy Sheehan has been through. They are unbelievably cruel in their tactics. I read the first comment above from the angry person talking about the torture tactics of Al Queda and I agree they are terrible, but two wrongs don't make a right. You don't fight an evil mentality by becoming evil yourself. You lead by example.
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