Is it the terrorists’ fault?

Are they turning us against each other?

Overheard on Bainbridge:

3 Comments so far

  1. c. (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 6:45 pm

    it makes me sad. i remember when there used to be a lot of worry that we’d have to fear our neighbors being recruited as secret police if we were conquered by the Russians. as it stands, we don’t even have to be recruited.

  2. naiah (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 7:05 pm

    Whoa. So true. (judging by this incident)

    The trick here is that terrorists kill, destroy, etc, and communists just believe in a different form of government/economy. Where does it go from reporting to the police to secret police to thought police? It’s a total gray area-a terrifying one.

    Yeah, what happens when it goes from reporting semi-admitted criminals to reporting people who voice disagreement with public policies…or the war (GSAVE)…or the political platform of the then-current administration. Where does “I really don’t think we should be…” begin to approach treason?” Who gets to decide that?

    When people start getting bookmarked for having opinions contrary to those in power, that’s when it gets really scary–but are we already taking the first steps down the path to such a state???

  3. c. (unregistered) on August 9th, 2005 @ 12:42 am

    of course, at the time, people believed that Communists had an unreasoning hatred of everything American and Good, as well. of course, i don’t mean to diminish the very real threat of terrorist violence – i only worry about what it is doing to us as a people, and what that might say about the actual durability of our ideals. is the American idea and ideal of Freedom something which can survive a real, terrible test? i like to think so, but i worry.

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