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The Real Threat to America

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  • When a government has a right to invade the bodies of its citizens, security has trumped freedom.
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  • The Fourth Amendment [of the US Constitution] : “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
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Roger Cohen, New York Times | NY

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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Roger Cohen | Damon Winter/New York Times

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The full-body scanners and intrusive pat-downs that are fast becoming the norm at U.S. airports — just in time for Thanksgiving! — do at least provide the answer to what should be done with Osama bin Laden if he’s ever captured: Rotate him in perpetuity through this security hell, “groin checks” and all.

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He’ll crumple fast and wonder that 19 young guys in four planes could so warp the nervous system of the world’s most powerful nation that it has empowered zealous bureaucrats to trample on the liberties for which Americans give thanks this week.

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Related:
Coleen Rowley writes in her message submitting the above article:

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The Rape-Scan fear-mongering has worked so well that several people—I won’t name names—on my “peace list” (whom I had assumed had a little more understanding and resistance to such base utilitarian manipulation), have responded that they are just happy the government is using the naked scans and patdowns to keep them “safe”, that I am making a mountain out of a mole hill about this little bit of humiliating-degrading forced nakedness and why don’t I drop it. 

Interestingly, Bush’s polls are also soaring back up to the vicinity of Obama’s.

Perhaps the most distressing realization that has sunk in these last years is just how susceptible Americans are to the use of fear-hate-greed-false pride and blind loyalty propaganda.  Bush not only got 70% of us to believe that Iraq was behind 9-11 but 7 years later, a large percentage (all those down in Texas buying Bush’s book—so 50%?) still believe it.  Something like 60% in the U.S. now believe torture works to save lives and so they support use of waterboarding and other forms of torture.  (Klobuchar told our group on Tuesday that there’s nothing she can do to stop the use of torture.)  

If 80% of a population is so malleable as to be willing to strip themselves naked and to watch and cheer as their own sons are killed in far-off lands for no good reason, to watch their bridges crumble, school weeks be cut to 4 days, thousands die for lack of health care, etc, 70 year old leaders of peace groups be targeted under the Patriot Act, ½ million reports of war atrocities posted by WikiLeaks go into a black hole, I really cannot fathom of anything that can cut through the state control so perfectly exerted on Americans by its governmental fear-hate-greed-false pride-blind loyalty propaganda.  The fear-hate-greed-etc has us all blindly marching in line to the end of the cliff just like that old “Lemmings<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYP1Tjgt1Ao>” ad. 

But maybe I exaggerate.  Perhaps there is still something that would cause Americans to get alarmed—what would happen if the government decided to reduce the Christmas shopping season or censure the “Super Bowl”?!  

Coleen R.