The dismantling of civil liberties

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Sun, Dec 28, 2003, 3:07 pm  //  John Servais

I see the Bham Herald has taken to printing US war dead on the back pages. Maybe some directive came down from Gannett headquarters telling all 80-some Gannettoids to print this awkward bad news in the back pages. Notice no mention often in the Herald of casualties - you know, wounded US soldiers - maimed and disfigured for life. Missing arms, legs, feet, eyes - and more. You, gentle reader, would have a very difficult time even learning how many are wounded - and how badly.

Would you believe thousands? The first number varies from 3 to 10, depending on what you count as a "wound". Evacuations of wounded, killed, psycho and injured is reported to be over 10k. Wounds can be severe burns, blown-off arms, head wounds - things that leave a person maimed for life. Fact is, we are ahead of the numbers from Vietnam after this much time at war.

The PATRIOT Act II was signed into law a couple weeks ago. You didn't see any signing ceremony. Because act 2 was exposed on the Internet last January, the act was broken into pieces and they were buried in other legislation - which the Senate passed by a voice vote to avoid accountability. Democracy at work. Tis fascinating to watch the dismantling of civil liberties. It will continue. And the lack of backbone by any elected officials to speak out against it. This includes our fuzzy liberal Democrats. Funny how my liberal friends like to only vent against Republicans. Elected city, county and state representatives have a sacred duty to speak out against the suppression of our freedoms.

Is this a rant? What did you come here to read? Soothing words? Do you know how to boil a live frog? Put it in a pan of cold water and turn on low heat. Double boiler works best. As the water warms, the frog does not notice the difference. Until.... Same thing is at work taking away our civil rights, our liberties and our very workings of democracy.

Local rumor. Was there election fraud in Whatcom County? Were the ballots one-fourth-inch short and this led to incorrect computer tallies?

The dismantling of civil liberties

Sun, Dec 28, 2003, 3:07 pm  //  John Servais

I see the Bham Herald has taken to printing US war dead on the back pages. Maybe some directive came down from Gannett headquarters telling all 80-some Gannettoids…

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Check the War and Peace links

Thu, Dec 18, 2003, 3:13 pm  //  John Servais

May I urge you, gentle reader and patriotic American, to check the War and Peace website links on the right. Look for articles that may give you more…

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Paper Dreams in Fairhaven

Next door to Village Books

The capture of Saddam Hussein today

Sun, Dec 14, 2003, 3:17 pm  //  John Servais

is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another for Iraq and also for the United States.

If your reaction to reading those words is "dahhh" then…

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How much did George W know before 9/11

Wed, Dec 03, 2003, 3:21 pm  //  John Servais

about the impending attack? Enough to have stopped the attack? The widow of a fellow killed in the attack has refused the $1 million from the government and…

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Obviously a no-win situation

Tue, Dec 02, 2003, 3:32 pm  //  John Servais

I urge you to visit the independent websites that report on events in Iraq. Independent being those not owned by US corporate media, such as CNN, Fox, MSNbc,…

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