Your Government Wants to Protect You
Be a Good Sheep and Let It

If the steps that your government is taking to protect you from terrorists doesn't piss you off, you're not paying attention. In less than one year the Bush Administration has managed to change all of these rights (and many more) that US Citizens used to enjoy. All these rights were mangled with the passage of the USA Patriot Act:

  • FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigation.
  • FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests.
  • FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.
  • RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.
  • FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.
  • RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.
  • RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.

Sleep well America. You're being watched.

Analysis of the USA Patriot Act can be seen at:

A quick update for those of you not paying attention. Not only is the Patriot Act continuing to erode our rights, but now they're looking to get organized about it. If Total Information Awareness doesn't make you angry and scared, what does?