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    Gates’ arrest reveals loss of rights

    As much as I hate beating this dead horse I figure this article points out the bigger picture.

    The degree to which race played a role in the confrontation at Gates’ house will likely never be truly known to anyone other than the key participants themselves. What clearly did factor into the unfortunate encounter was the notion that, in the post-9/11 world, citizens must be prepared to explain themselves to the police and prove to the satisfaction of the authorities who they are under virtually any circumstance - even within the walls of their own house.

    Airline passengers are now required to prove who they are to the satisfaction of government authorities in order to board for a journey they have paid for. Anyone trying to enter a building housing a government office has to show “proper identification” to gain entry. These and many other manifestations of government control have nothing to do with the legitimate effort to prevent weapons or explosives from being brought onto public conveyances or into government buildings. Legitimate exercises of government power are being employed more and more to control behavior and limit individual freedom.
    Bob Barr’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Article | Independent Political Report
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    Re: Gates’ arrest reveals loss of rights

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    As much as I hate beating this dead horse I figure this article points out the bigger picture.
    Then don't.
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    Re: Gates’ arrest reveals loss of rights

    I can't think of any rights I've lost in the last few years, with the possible exception of property rights though government seizure (taxation.)

    When I was a kid, Dr. Gates would have quite possibly found himself, not in jail but in a nursing home for being not a black man but an old man throwing a fit.

    If people would avoid the inconvenience of heightened security, then history porvides ready lessons on how this is accomplished. That is you identify the enemy, using very broad criteria, and you proceed to quickly reduce their population to the point where their society collapses and your own people inhabit their cultural nightmares for generations. This is how a rational civilization responds to the incursions of savages, not by turning itself into a jail for the inhabitants.
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    Re: Gates’ arrest reveals loss of rights

    Bob Barr was on the right side of the Patriot Act and many other issues and I'm confused by what he states in this article.

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