Assigned Reading: Obama is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan
(FROM: The New York Times)
Remember the hullabaloo surrounding the conjured-up story about those FEMA camps? Well, while that turned out to be an old video re-purposed for one purpose or another, the real lesson learned from that bit of misinformation was that, when all was said and done, the idea that many believed our government could lock up dissenters said a whole lot about our government.
Now read this article.
While this could very well be another so-called “trial balloon,” such as when President Obama’s White House considered forcing wounded combat veterans to provide their own health insurance, it should nevertheless cause even the most rational of us to take a second look at the erosion of our freedom and the everyday stifling of dissent.
President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.
It seems odd to me how this president is willing to permit sworn enemies of the United States to enjoy the same constitutional rights enjoyed by the people they wish to eradicate, yet at the same time he seems to be laying the groundwork for a possible method of dealing with people deemed undesirable within our own borders — after all, there are already systems in place, and systems being designed as we speak, for terrorists captured overseas as part of the ongoing war against radical Islamic jihad.
This is different, and I don’t like it one bit.