Rights vs privileges

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July 6, 2011
CounterPunch    
Posted in LAND Commentary

"Law'n'order conservatives frequently challenge civil libertarians to show what concrete loss of freedom they've experienced under the USA PATRIOT Act and other "counter-terror" (aka "police state") legislation.Well, first of all it's hard to say, since the Patriot Act makes it an offense even to inform the public that you've suffered an unconstitutional loss of liberty under that "law." If an FBI thug goes sniffing around the public library to find out what books you've been reading, the librarian can go to jail for informing you. If your house gets searched or your phone tapped under a so-called "national security letter," you may never know." (07/06/11)

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