The frequency of legislation being pushed by the White House, Congress and the Pentagon in order to suffocate the American Conscience resembles–unfortunately–parallels one would find in some dictatorships. It is a sobering realization that Obama, who’s first week in office was aimed at closing Guantanamo, now (3 years later) backs “indefinite detention” and “test before arrest” laws. The legislation aimed to boost the profits of entertainment companies and disadvantage anyone who uses the internet known as the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) is also working its way through Congress. The Pentagon, whose insatiable war machine recently declared that killing US citizens was permissible if they had “ties” to “terrorism”–two words whose ambiguity and belligerence can make almost anyone a target.
I hope the US does not tread the path of a Police State–like those now crumbling in the Arab World. In countries like Syria and Egypt, indefinite detention, censorship and military trials are the hallmark of brutal government repression and condemning prisoners of conscience. I share with you a clip demonstrating the folly of this medieval manner of governance and persecution in the words of Sir Thomas More in the play and movie entitled “A Man for All Seasons.” He states,
“I do none harm
I say none harm
I think none harm
And if this be not enough to keep a man alive,
then in good faith I long not to live.”