Republicans want to spy on what you read

This post was written by marc on July 8, 2004
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I remember when the Republican Party believed in less government – personal liberty – and keeping the government from spying on it’s citizens. How different things are today as the Republican congress blocked a measure that would have ended the government watching everything we read at the library and what we buy at book stores. Maybe if we had a president who was smart enought to read at a level above “My Pet Goat” we would have a government that had something better to do than spy on people who read books.

Reader Comments

Does the Carlyle Group own the publishing company which put out “My Pet Goat”?

That would certainly explain the 7 minute advertising spot…(tinhat falling limply from exhaustion)…

#1 
Written By Island Dave on July 8th, 2004 @ 7:46 pm

This will hurt the publishing industry, because more people will choose to download BookWarez illegally online.

#2 
Written By Alex Libman on July 9th, 2004 @ 3:58 am

until this odious abuse of civil liberties is eliminated, libraries and bookstoers should post a notice saying ” THE FBI HAS NOT BEEN HERE TODAY”. when the sign is gone look out. btw don`t buy books with a credit card, and support indy bookstores (if you can find any).

#3 
Written By c.selfridge on July 9th, 2004 @ 6:41 pm

We certainly want to know who is reading “Bushwacked” and “Against all Enemies” and “Stupid White Men” on and on ad naseum. A new set of evil-doers that we must watch while all else collapses around us. What is the data to justify this spying? Was it in a book that someone figured out how to fly a plane into the WTC? I thought it was at a flight school.
I concur with an earlier post…use cash to buy books. Use your Mom’s library card (LOL)!

#4 
Written By m on July 9th, 2004 @ 8:59 pm

I’ve always enjoyed this article:

http://www.weeklyplanet.com/2003-06-11/cover.html

And this one about what happened to someone who was actually caught reading the above article in public:

http://www.free-times.com/Editor/My%20Turn%20Archives/myturn082003.html

“… the essence of the evil government is that it anticipates bad conduct on the part of its citizens. Any government which assumes that the population is going to do something evil has already lost its franchise to govern. The tacit contract between a government and the people governed is that the government will trust the people and the people will trust the government. But once the government begins to mistrust the people it is governing, it loses its mandate to rule because it is no longer acting as a spokesman for the people, but is acting as an agent of persecution.” – Philip K. Dick

#5 
Written By paperbutton on July 10th, 2004 @ 9:16 am

wow. scary. thanks paperbutton. great quote. really hits home…

#6 
Written By charlie chingas on July 10th, 2004 @ 10:53 am

Coyotenoia: The accurate perception on the part of the coyote that people really *are* trying to kill him.
– Ancient Kung Foole Proverb

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From Yahoo News: 7/11/4

U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. counterterrorism officials are looking at an emergency proposal on the legal steps needed to postpone the November presidential election in case of an attack by al Qaeda, Newsweek reported on Sunday.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned last week that Osama bin Laden (news – web sites)’s al Qaeda network may attack within the United States to try to disrupt the election.

The magazine cited unnamed sources who told it that the Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Department (news – web sites) last week to review what legal steps would be needed to delay the election if an attack occurred on the day before or the day of the election.

The department was asked to review a letter to Ridge from DeForest Soaries, who is the chairman of the new U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the magazine said.

The commission was created in 2002 to provide funds to the states to the replace punch card voting systems and provide other assistance in conducting federal elections.

In his letter, Soaries pointed out that while New York’s Board of Elections suspended primary elections in New York on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, “the federal government has no agency that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal election.”

Soaries wants Ridge to ask Congress to pass legislation giving the government such power, Newsweek reported in its latest issue that hits the newsstands on Monday.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Rochrkasse told the magazine the agency is reviewing the matter “to determine what steps need to be taken to secure the election.”

#7 
Written By PTF on July 11th, 2004 @ 1:52 pm

To the fake “MARC PERKEL”

Man you’re such an immature loser. Say what you want… but it is clear that one big difference between you and the real Marc is that the real Marc actually has balls. He says what he wants to say and he doesn’t hide behind aliases.

So who are you? Bush supporter? A crooked lawyer? A moonie? His ex? Some or all of the above?

#8 
Written By Peter on July 13th, 2004 @ 11:48 am

After a holiday spent in Manitoba with family, I’ve decided to come back.

When libraries are no longer funded by the government is when the government has no authority to see what you check out. It’s not like they use it against you (or can use it as evidence, which they can’t), but it’s a guideline. For instance, if someone in Indianapolis checks out “Modern Swat Tactics,” “Hommade Explosives,” “Bank Archetecture,” and “Modern Safes,” and then a bank in that city gets robbed by a criminal using explosives, the law enforcement officials know where to look. The only time you can be afraid is when these records are admissable as evidence in court, which they are not.

#9 
Written By Mance on July 14th, 2004 @ 10:40 pm

Hey Mance, welcome back? How was vacation? Hope all went well, eh…

#10 
Written By charlie chingas on July 14th, 2004 @ 11:05 pm

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