That's it thenposted by The Vidiot @ 10:09 PM Permalink It's all over. Whatever we had left of a "democracy" (and believe me, I understood that there was little left to begin with) is gone. The Senate, today, decided that habeas corpus was optional, the congressional oversight was optional and that the new rules will be permanent.
Perhaps you think I'm being overly dramatic. Think again.
You're reading this blog, aren't you? You're sure to be reading other blogs. Your IP address is your ID stamp. Your phones are tapped and your email is read. They know who you are and if you get just a little to rambunctious, you're outta' here. Then you'll get that knock on your door, and you'll be dragged out of your house in your pajamas, thrown into a black van, driven to an airport where you'll be tossed onto an airplane and then taken to a prison camp in the middle of nowhere. You'll not have access to a lawyer. You'll not have access to the evidence against you. You'll most likely be "mistreated." You'll be held indefinitely and maybe even tried "in absentia" and it will ALL BE LEGAL, thanks to the the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and the legislation they're passing today. Then, it will be most enthusiastically signed by Bush as soon as he can arrange the photo op.
Think it doesn't apply to you? Think what I'm saying is alarmist rheteric?
Unless the dems muster up a filibuster against the entire piece of legislation, we're doomed.... which obviously means we're doomed.
Update: No filibuster. Vote was 65-34. Not even close. Mr. Vidiot insists that it's not a death knell since everything was already dead. I guess I still had a few illusions remaining. I'm indescribably sad. We are all detainees now.
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