A Tale of Two Joes

Senator Joe Lieberman
US senator: No US citizenship rights for terrorists – Yahoo! News.

And I thought Joe McCarthy was bad. McCarthy just wanted to arrest and imprison Communists. Lieberman proposes stripping American citizens of all civil rights if said citizen “is found to be involved with a foreign terrorist organization as designated by the Department of State.” His proposal is not written yet, so the details are uncertain. Taken in combination with the statements deriding the current administration for reading Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights, one could reasonably assume that no conviction will be required.

Now suppose you are mistaken for another American with the same name, and arrested for terrorism. Suppose as well that Lieberman got his way, and you are immediately stripped of all rights, and just disappeared to the latest version of Guantamo. Sure, that would never happen to you, because you have an American sounding name. Right? Right?

First they came…

Enough said.

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Well educated woman, transgender / transsexual, lesbian, Reiki practitioner, LGBT activist, polyamorous, and eclectic Pagan.
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2 Responses to A Tale of Two Joes

  1. Rutherford says:

    What’s amazing about your use of the “First they came …” poem is that Lieberman is a Jew! You would think someone of his heritage would be the last to propose limiting civil protections in this country.

    I haven’t figured out yet if Joe is an attention whore or just plain crazy (or a little of both).

    • wyldraven says:

      I haven’t figured out yet if Joe is an attention whore or just plain crazy (or a little of both).

      I think I’ll go with C, all of the above. Thanks for pointing out that Lieberman is Jewish. You are right, that makes this even more incredible.

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