posted on Jan, 4 2005 @ 08:47 PM
It was just a matter of time before the Patriot Act was applied to U.S. citizens not associated with terrorists. Now it begins. The slippery slope
is a very dangerous one for what this country used to and still does, to some degree, stand for.
Why charge this person, who apparently committed an extremely dangerous and despicable act, under the Patriot Act? The US gov't does not do this
without very careful planning. There is an agenda behind this charging decision. What it is will hopefully be revealed through the criminal process
in his case.
The state of Washington has statutes which specifically criminalize this type of conduct. I would be very surprised if the state of New Jersey does
not have similar criminal statutes. I haven't searched, but I think there is likely already a federal statute that specifically criminalizes this
kind of conduct.
So, the question is: Why is the Patriot Act being used to charge this person? You are witnessing a direct frontal assault on civil liberties. Using
this suspect who everybody will agree should be punished commensurate with the risk of harm his conduct created, is just the opening salvo. The
average citizen will support this governmental decision. Why, because he committed a very bad act. Maybe they have one of those lifetime beds
reserved for him at Gitmo. After all, he's the first test case bad guy. That's always where the assault begins, against someone or some group who
nobody thinks is worthy of sympathy.
Keep your eyes open and your ears peeled, folks. They're coming for you next if you so much as think a negative thought about the powers that be.
Maybe not today. But tomorrow is within sight if this is not brought to an immediate and abrupt halt.
[edit on 4-1-2005 by dubiousone]