brian on 2004.06.25
at 02:03 pm
Unchecked police and military power is a security threat; the title of an article with simple premise. Protect your rights, or we have nothing left to defend from terror. Here's two quotes, the first from the article, the second, a historical one.
In 1985, retired Naval officer John Walker was caught spying for the Soviet Union; the evidence given by the National Security Agency was enough to convict him without giving away military secrets.
More recently, John Walker Lindh -- the "American Taliban" captured in Afghanistan -- was processed by the justice system, and received a 20-year prison sentence. Even during World War II, German spies captured in the United States were given attorneys and tried in public court.
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
-- Benjamin Franklin
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