Thursday, December 09, 2010

Paranoia Strikes Deep

Alan, over at SnarkyBytes, points out a link to a report on an internal TSA memo that paints anyone who protests the new security procedures as a domestic extremist. The label is applied to "any person, group or alternative media source that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel disruptions at U.S. airports in response to the enhanced security procedures."

The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizes my natural (or God given) right to free speech. One of the most protected areas of speech, according to numerous Supreme Court rulings, is political speech. Airing issues in the public arena is was a normal part of the public discourse in America.

In this brave new world, objecting to the loss of your rights ensures that your name will end up on a Homeland Security watch list.

Be careful what you think, be even more careful what you say.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

--George Washington

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