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Big Brother wants to know your reading list

This is very disturbing - apparently the FBI and DEA have attempted to subpoena bookstores to determine what some suspects had purchased in the past. Hello, First Amendment anyone?

http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2002/02/13/bookstores/index.html?x

Maybe my nameless dread of my prior post has to do with where this country is going. The war, Dubya's attacks on women's rights, the furthering of the bullshit War on Drugs, eroding of environmental rights, and so on.....I"m starting to wonder how long until I will want to leave the US for fear of my rights and my life. This is scary, as the US is generally one of the largest supporters of freedom and rights, but this is just another sign of a disturbing trend.

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bn29
Feb. 13th, 2002 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Proud to be an American????
"The short version: We are becoming a police state. Our foreign policy is going to get us in more trouble than the world trade center."

No Shit.

It was one thing to crush Afghanistan when we had 'proof' (albeit secret even then) of their complicity in harboring Bin Laden & Co. But this heavy handed saber-waving at anyone who disagrees with us is just plain dangerous. Hell, when was the last time Russia said to the US: "You must not do X"? And unilaterially deciding to remove a head-of-state?

Add in the expanded 'war' on drugs (with associated (unnecessary) reduction of unrelated civil liberties), and yeah, you're looking at a full-fledged return to cold-war era stupidity.