“Benjamin Franklin once said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Throughout time, many have shared the Franklin’s sentiment. Unfortunately, since 9/11, we have seen a consistent degradation of civil liberties.

The irony the “Patriot Act” seems to have come from the writings of Mark Twain.   What better way to show your patriotism than to take away essential liberties and encroach on one’s privacy without due process?

Remember the muslum Oregon lawyer? Attorney General John Ashcroft stated that it was a “defining day in America’s war against terrorism,” and that the FBI had “neutralized a suspected terrorist cell within our borders.”

Mayfield Arrest

Bad evidence

Mayfield Set Free

In an effort to find someone who “fits the profile”, Brandon Mayfield was under FBI surveillance for weeks before arresting him without filing formal charges.  A violation of the 6th amendment? With Ashcroft at the lead, you can count on it.

He was held for two weeks before being released.  The finger print evidence, which the FBI had once claimed to be a 100% match, was incorrect.  Spanish officials had already expressed doubts about the evidences before his release.

Mayfield was quoted as saying that, “This is a serious infringement of our civil liberties,” referring to the covert activates of the government.  Many now speculate he was especially targeted because he was a Muslim and had represented terrorist suspect in a prior custody case.

The FBI, Ashcroft, and all others involved in his case were very quick to judge and strip an American Citizen of their essential liberties.  Bush’s CIA nominee, Porter Goss, is now trying to push for even access, which will be at the President’s discretion. 

H.R.4584, introduced by Goss, includes an interesting clause about the responsibilities and power of the new Central Intelligence Director to “collect, coordinate, and direct the collection of intelligence and intelligence-related information through human sources, technical means, and by other appropriate or supplementary methods, except that the Agency may not exercise police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers within the United States, except as otherwise permitted by law or as directed by the President.”

This basically gives the President absolute authority to invade our lives.

Bush and Goss need to be stopped.

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”  (Albert Einstein)

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” (Malcolm X)