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What really terrifies Bush

Bush can easily obtain FISA court warrants, so why risk impeachment with warrantless wiretaps?

Bush defines terrorism so broadly that mere dissent becomes suspicious. This is convenient during a “war on terror,” which smokescreens the true crusade – making the world safe for monopolies, with Bush the premier corporate lobbyist. The real terror for Bush, however, is not Osama bin Laden but traitorous political dissent and lost elections, evils which mere warrants cannot purge.

Warrantless surveillance was conducted even before the Patriot Act, including such “terrorists” as the Quaker Church and American Friends Service Committee, Grandmothers For Peace, Veterans For Peace, Greenpeace, Women in Black, parents opposed to high school military recruitment, anti-globalization (WTO) protesters, anti-war protesters, etc. The Department of Homeland Security advises police to “suspect anyone who expresses a dislike of attitudes and decisions of the US Government.”

This is precisely why dissent is constitutional, why the branches of government – as well as church and state – should be separated, and why warrants are not issued to monitor and repress those who disagree. Bush has faith in Iraqi democracy, but not in the U.S.?

Robert Lobell

Grass Valley

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