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Justice Department Thought Police

Posted by MEC on October 24, 2007

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Reported in The Memory Hole:

The Justice Department tipped its hand in its ongoing legal war with the ACLU over the Patriot Act. Because the matter is so sensitive, the Justice Dept is allowed to black out those passages in the ACLU’s court filings that it feels should not be publicly released.

Ostensibly, they would use their powers of censorship only to remove material that truly could jeopardize US operations. But in reality, what did they do? They blacked out a quotation from a Supreme Court decision:

“The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect ‘domestic security.’ Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent.”

This isn’t an absurdity. It’s an alarming indication of the mindset of the people who are supposedly protecting not just the American people, but our system of government. They see a “threat to national security” in a statement defending political dissent. They treat the highest judicial authority in our government as a threat. They treat a fundamental principle of our democracy as a threat.

And they have the arrogance to think no one will notice what they’re doing.


5 Responses to “Justice Department Thought Police”

  1. John S said

    This is all about censorship. After all, censorship is becoming America’s favorite past-time. The US gov’t (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like “America Deceived” from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever.
    Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
    America Deceived (book)

  2. shrimplate said

    Once Pandora’s Box has been opened it is not possible to gather up its unleashed contents and shut them up again.

    There are stupid people who insist upon attempting to do this, and there are psychopaths who think they can do anything they want, forgetting the meaning of the term “impossible.” It is our duty as citizens to annoy the hell out of such people.

  3. wagonjak said

    Just when you think things can’t get any worse, or this BushCo administration can’t get any more devious or criminal, you pick up the morning paper and in small articles in back pages usually find more and more criminal activities revealed…

    The news media in this country (both print and cable) are a total disgrace…they entertain (and even this poorly) but don’t nourish with the truth…

    I’ve never been angrier or more afraid for the survival of this once great country.

    Thanks for a great post here!

  4. owlbear1 said

    I’m sure it will be dismissed as an “accident”, but I have little doubt in the DOJ arm of Regent University some homeschooler thought it would be fun to ‘piss off’ a few libs.

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