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Security, Civil Rights or Propaganda

Reader comment on item: [The Abu Ali Case and] Balancing Liberties, Security

Submitted by John (United States), Mar 6, 2005 at 16:18

Many people say that they support the war on terror, but in practice do not. They say that terrorism is terrible but we must protect our civil liberties.

I agree that it is very important to protect our civil liberties. However, political intrigue can contribute to a climate of fear. During the campaign season for the US presidency in 2004 Democrats submitted a bill to call for the draft. This illustrates how they seek to mislead the public and frightened them in a campaign that unwittingly parallels the al-Qaeda campaign to terrorize the US and the world.

If Democrat Bill Clinton was in power on 9/11 instead of the Republican Bush I would be supporting him. Republicans would be denouncing Clinton's war and the roles would be reversed.

Here's an old CNN article: "Republicans skeptical of Iraq attack on eve of impeachment vote"
http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/12/16/congresstional.react.02/

I will not allow any political bias on my part to affect my judgment on this issue.
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