Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dissent, an act of terrorism?

"Our descent is the familiar disease of decaying empires. Dissent is starting to become defined as an act of terrorism."

"Constitutionally protected statements, beliefs and associations can now become a crime. Dissidents, even those who break no laws, can be stripped of their rights and imprisoned without due process. It is the legal equivalent of preemptive war. The state can detain and prosecute people not for what they have done, or even for what they are planning to do, but for holding religious or political beliefs that the state deems seditious. The first of those targeted have been observant Muslims, but they will not be the last."