August 27, 2004

Bill O'Reilly is dumb, part 80

So last night on The Factor, Bill O'Reilly claimed he knew no-one whose civil liberties were inappropriately ruined by the USA PATRIOT act. Jon Carroll, by contrast, discusses the case of a certain American citizen held for sixteen months as a material witness.

And here's the ludicrous part: None of this is making us any safer. It's like living in a police state, only without the good parts.

This doesn't contradict Bill, of course. I don't expect he knows a whole lot of Americans with Arabic names.

1 comment:

MosBen said...

And really, it's not a question of what the government has done. It's really a question of what the government COULD do. The guy on The Factor last night that was like "You really think I should just trust the government?" is totally right. There is a huge potential for abuse in the Patriot Act and it's that potential we should avoid. If it comes to someone actually getting fucked, then we fell asleep on the watch. And that's when the Blair Witch gets us for fucking up her rocks.