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Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Protecting people?

Ted Rudow III,MA, On e-mail
President Obama did not dramatically change at all the surveillance policies of his predecessor. This strategy has made it simpler for the US government to spy on every American and millions of others around the world, You would think that eight or nine years now after the 9/11 attacks, the government would have done a better job just getting management over the information it already had.

That's one more example of how laws designed to "protect" the public from crime or terrorism often wind up being usedor rather misusedagainst them, harming them rather than helping them. When petty bureaucrats are given such power over people's lives then they sometimes go hog-wild with it!

Oh, they'd tell you that everything they've done is for a good cause, and in their minds it is. But that still doesn't make it right.

It's a small example of the sort of thing that will be very common just as it was under Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and other tyrants of the past: Give people power over others, but remove or outlaw their religion or morality, and it's much easier to build a repressive, authoritarian society!


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