The dismantling of civil liberties

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 th

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 th

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?

About John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]

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