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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Olbermann 2006-10-18

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

We have been here before—and we have been here before led here—by men better and wiser and nobler than George W. Bush.

We have been here when President John Adams insisted that the Alien and Sedition Acts were necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use those acts to jail newspaper editors.

American newspaper editors, in American jails, for things they wrote about America.

We have been here when President Woodrow Wilson insisted that the Espionage Act was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that Act to prosecute 2,000 Americans, especially those he disparaged as “Hyphenated Americans,” most of whom were guilty only of advocating peace in a time of war.

American public speakers, in American jails, for things they said about America.

And we have been here when President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted that Executive Order 9066 was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that order to imprison and pauperize 110,000 Americans while his man in charge, General DeWitt, told Congress: “It makes no difference whether he is an American citizen—he is still a Japanese.”

American citizens, in American camps, for something they neither wrote nor said nor did, but for the choices they or their ancestors had made about coming to America.

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At 10/22/2006 11:11 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Gad damn. This guy continues to kick rhetorical ass.

At 10/23/2006 12:42 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

This just in:

Olbermann has been arrested! The Department of Justice states that President Bush labelled him an enemy combatant and that he provided rhetorical " for enemies of American interest."

The scary part is that this really could happen now.

At 10/24/2006 4:59 PM, Blogger olly declaimed...

I just (finally) watched V for Vendetta this weekend, and it couldn't have been said better:

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." -V


At 10/24/2006 5:29 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

About time you watched that movie Olly! ;)

How about this one:

Evey: "Who are you?"

V: "Who is but the form, following the fuction of what. And what I am is a man in a mask."

Evey: "I can see that."

V: "Of course you can! I wasnt questioning your powers of observation. I was merely commenting on the paradox of asking a masked man who he is."



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