Saturday, July 07, 2007

Granny is a Terrorist! Gasp!

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Dear lovers of Democracy, and those who believe in voting, and America,

Found on Check Your Premises:

Who does the Bill of Rights protect you from?

Nothing, not if the Government doesn't want them to.

A 57 year-old school principle was branded a terrorist for putting the wrong picnic item in the wrong bag. For this, she lost her constitutional rights:

"You've committed a felony," Beaman says a security screener announced. "And you're considered a terrorist."

Beaman says she was told her name would go on a terrorist watch-list and that she would have to pay a $500 fine.

"I'm a 57-year-old woman who is taking care of 37 kids," she told them. "I'm not gonna commit a terrorist act." Beaman says they took information from her Washington drivers license and confiscated and photographed the knife according to standard operating procedure.

She says screeners refused to give her paperwork or documentation of her violation, documentation of the pending fine, or a copy of the photograph of the knife.

"They said 'no' and they said it's a national security issue. And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said 'not at this point ... you don't have any'."

...and just at what point did she get them back? the moment she stepped through the little line between baggage claim and the gates? Does that remind anyone of the little lines between one "country" and another? If rights are real, they certainly have nothing to do with the ones so graciously "granted" to us at birth by the imaginary entity called "America." Those rights can be "taken away" at the whim of some airport schlubs. They are, therefore, just as arbitrary and morally relative as the "rights and wrongs" that are at the whim of an imaginary God.

Do you feel safe and protected now? What did you celebrate on Independance Day? Your freedom?

Yes, the story was from a couple years ago, and no, morality doesn't change in 2 years.

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