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December 16, 2005

I'm not sure what worries me more, the fact that the "President" authorized it or that 31% of about 81,000 people chose to vote "Yes" to the question "Should the government have been given the authority to spy on Americans without warrants after the 9/11 attacks?"

It does not much surprise me that a president signs such acts when he has already professed a preference for dictatorial powers because he'd get things done more swiftly and easily; but what I am rather dismayed over is the fact that a significant number of people seem to think it acceptable for the government to spy on them without judicial oversight or constraints. Have they never heard of the Sovjet Union and the KGB, or understand so little of the ways of power that they cannot conceive of the harm that such powers can bring?

Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?

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