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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Also for wearing the wrong T-shirt, being a Democrat, living while swarthy or black.....
Posted by Jill | 5:40 AM
Next stop: Gitmo, if the Bush Administration doesn't like your face. Now they want to have the FBI investigate you even if they have no evidence that you're involved in anything illegal:

The Justice Department is considering letting the FBI investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups.

Law enforcement officials say the proposed policy would help them do exactly what Congress demanded after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: root out terrorists before they strike.

Although President Bush has disavowed targeting suspects based on their race or ethnicity, the new rules would allow the FBI to consider those factors among a number of traits that could trigger a national security investigation.

Currently, FBI agents need specific reasons — like evidence or allegations that a law probably has been violated — to investigate U.S. citizens and legal residents. The new policy, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press, would let agents open preliminary terrorism investigations after mining public records and intelligence to build a profile of traits that, taken together, were deemed suspicious.

Among the factors that could make someone subject of an investigation is travel to regions of the world known for terrorist activity, access to weapons or military training, along with the person's race or ethnicity.

AMONG the factors. I guess AMONG the others are, as I mentioned in the title, performing suspicious activity such as registering to vote as a Democrat, writing a progressive blog, reading The Shock Doctrine, wearing a T-shirt critical of the Administration, putting an Obama bumper sticker on your car, and other demonstrations of disrespsect for current ruling American Junta.

Note also how the article specifically refers to investigating AMERICANS.

So much for the presumption of innocence. So much for the government having to have a case against you before putting you through a Kafkaesque nightmare of having to prove "not".

So much for America.

The terrorists won.

The only question is this: Just who are the terrorists?


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Blogger casey said...
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who the terrorists are.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
How would this be different from McCarthy's ruining the lives of thousands for no fucking reason whatsoever?

A question of scale, I guess.

Blogger Fran said...
See- when you first blogrolled me the other day and mentioned that I write about religion, which I do, I am not sure that you imagined I would use the word motherfuckers so liberally.

But I do.

We've been fucked for awhile, it just gets worse and worse.

Basically breathing will soon be an investigatable offense.

See y'all at Gitmo. I will be the one with the rosary beads who shouts "motherfuckers" a lot. We'll have to be able to figure out how to recognize each other.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The "terrorists won" the moment that the acts of 19 [20!?] young Saudi's who couldn't find real work decided to fly airplanes into WTC.

We should have called them "criminals" and pointed out that their "organization" playing soldier wasn't capable of defeating a troop of boy scouts.
But we didn't!

The best thing we could have done IMHO would have been to call them "wimps" who had nothing to say or offer to civilized humans. They were just a bunch of losers....

But we elevated them to a serious threat and sent the USArmy to teach them a lesson.. And we see where that got us!