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i hate the good old boy network, or, why i love the government - don't let the bastards grind you down.
i hate the good old boy network, or, why i love the government
(Stolen from the AP wire)

Some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush administration and the USA Patriot Act following the terror attacks:

* FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigation.

* FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests.

* FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.

* RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

* FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.

* RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

* RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2002 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's not as if these things are going to be put into effect everday, in everycase, for every american. these changes are put there so that in the long run, our rights, freedoms, and LIVES will be protected. as americans we should be supporting our government's efforts of home security. granted it is not an ideal situation, but i remember how we all felt just a year ago. people, including myself, couldn't watch the new without crying. the news! is it honestly too much to ask, or do you just feel like complaining about it? would it have been too high of a price to pay if it meant that september 11th were just another day? it doesn't really matter i guess, thanks to that thing called freedom of speech we are so lucky enough to have.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2002 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

What are you talking about

Richard Archer here. Listen what crud is this. AND DONT TELL ME ITS FOR OUR OWN GOOD. What an absolute piece of crud. Listen they see a chance to give themselves extra control and they sieze it. The best leader in the world would be one who doesn't want to lead. NO FORM OF CONTROL IS GOOD. The person controlling would have to be Omnipotent to be able to know what was truley best for us. Bush should take his bill and shove it where the sun don't shine.
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