Sunday, September 14, 2003

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 — For months, President Bush's advisers have assured a skittish public that law-abiding Americans have no reason to fear the long reach of the antiterrorism law known as the Patriot Act because its most intrusive measures would require a judge's sign-off.

But in a plan announced this week to expand counterterrorism powers, President Bush adopted a very different tack. In a three-point presidential plan that critics are already dubbing Patriot Act II, Mr. Bush is seeking broad new authority to allow federal agents — without the approval of a judge or even a federal prosecutor — to demand private records and compel testimony.

Read this article (you may have to register with NYTIMES.com, but it's free). It's damned frightening. The FBI, backed by the Dept. of Homeland Security, is on the fast track to becoming the new Gestapo. Mark me here; there will be a "terrorist attack" on American soil sometime between now and the '04 elections. Something small, or at least something that doesn't really hurt anyone. Chances are it will be defused before anything actually happens, but it will occur Sept./Oct. '04, be highly publicized and no known terrorist group will actually take credit, although Al-Queda or Islamic Jihad will be blamed. This attack will be engineered by the American Gov't in an attempt to lock in the '04 elections. I'm telling y'all, it's beginning to be like living in a bad novel. It astounds me, still, that the bastard is getting away with all this shit.

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