We used to live in a country where you were free to criticize the government (and let's face it, the Bush White House has been making that a lot easier). It seems lately that, whenever you make a slight remark against said government, you're a danger to national security. In Connecticut, Democratic voters rejected Senator Lieberman in the primary, thereby expressing voter dissatisfaction with the Iraq war by deposing a politician who has come out in support of the war. The immediate spin
? Mr. Cheney says it will "break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task." So much for the democratic process.
And in New Hampshire, an activist member of a group
whose main goal is to get people to move to New Hampshire (terrorists! fear, uncertainty, doubt! Actually, they view it as a state that is not overly dependent on the government, and a culture of individual responsibility, among other things) decided to go to the local IRS office with a flyer that asked the IRS employees to quit their jobs. Fairly harmless activism, right? Well, Homeland Security arrests him
. Maximum security. No visitors. Take that, freedom of speech.
I would hope the press is all over this. Via Boing Boing