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Pre 9/11 Mindset

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Submitted by John Randall Peacher (United States), Dec 20, 2005 at 21:14

I agree that we are being lulled back to a deep slumber. There are many among us who desire to reach peace with those whose only desire is to see our demise. Britain, as mentioned, refused to infiltrate radical Mosque and organizations. The U.S. mainstream media desires only to see President Bush humiliated at any price, even at the risk of another terror attack. Saudi Arabia is not a friend. President Bush can walk hand in hand with King Faud but a photo of peaceful coexistence is a mirage, in reality it does not exist, only to those in our government with the mindset of former British Ambassador Chaimberlain who declared peace in our time before the onslaught of World War II. But one area where I disagree strongly is the spying and detention of American citizens. If there is enough evidence to spy and detain suspects, then there is enough evidence to charge with a crime.

If citizens start dissapearing in the middle of the night and family does not know what is happening or what the charges are, then we are no better than the governments we are fighting, Syria, Iran and North Korea. We must keep this fight clean, our integrity and justice system are two of the main differences between us and the enemy; and there is an enemy that seeks our destruction, let there be no doubt about this. The Patriot Act needs some fine tuning and additional safeguards need to be added before I am satisfied as a citizen in this great United States of America. We have made mistakes in the past, let us learn from them and strive to do better.

Freedom and accountability are what it is all about anyway, is it not?
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