Good Bye, Free Speech, for We No Longer Need You

From Fox News:

A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any “special event of national significance” away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter…

The measure has civil libertarians protesting what they say is yet another power grab for the executive branch and one more loss for free speech…But not everyone agrees that rights are being trampled on by the additional provision. In fact, some say the ACLU is the problem when it comes to protecting national security.

Rocco DiPippo, a freelance writer for the conservative FrontPageMagazine.com and editor of The Autonomist Web log , said the ACLU has fought the government every step of the way over security measures following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.”Its opposition to Specter’s reasonable proposal is simply more of the same,” he said. “I can understand the concern that we should be suspicious of government, but we shouldn’t adopt this mindset: ‘government is evil.’ This is just more hatred of (President) Bush…

Currently, non-violent demonstrators who enter restricted areas at such events previously would be arrested and charged by local law enforcement with simple trespassing, said Graves. Under the provision included in the new law, they will be charged with felonies by the Secret Service…

“You are talking about giving the executive branch broader authority to create these exclusion zones which could cover broad areas and last for days [during an event ],” David Kopel, a constitutional expert with the Cato Institute, told FOXNews.com…

John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an Alexandria, Va.-based clearinghouse for domestic and international security information, said he “could certainly understand why the Secret Service would want that legal authority,” given the enormous burden of making venues safe for VIPs today. “However, I think many people have concluded that the way it is being used has nothing to do with protecting the president from Usama bin Laden and everything to do with suppressing dissent and making sure the protesters don’t get on TV,” Pike said.

Looks like the GOP is finally moving its last pieces into place. So much for that whole fear of a Democrat Socialist State. Now we’re getting a GOP Totalitarian state. It’s too bad Republicans today haven’t bothered to read the Bill of Rights. Where as the Democrats had issues with Amendment 2, it looks like the GOP’s making war on Amendments 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. What, oh what would the Forefathers say about this?

For old time’s sake, here’s the bit in the first amendment this PATRIOT Act proposal runs against:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Good bye, Bill of Rights. We once knew ye. You lit the world’s way and put old ways ablaze. Alas, America now needs to be safe from terrorists, and real freedom… well, that’s for others who don’t want to be safe from terrorism.

Note: As a bonus kids, who wants to guess when Gnorb will be locked up for being a “free speech terrorist”?

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