Monday, October 18, 2004

When will the "war on terror" be over?

The 'war on terror' is being used as the justification for removing our civil liberties. Okay, so in previous wars civil liberties had been removed, and then put back into place after the war. But this kind of war has a nameless enemy and a seemingly endless timeline, so how can you know when the war is 'over' so you can replace the lost liberties?

Court: Terror Fears Can't Curb 'Liberty' (Sun Oct 17, 6:50 AM ET) By C.G. WALLACE, Associated Press Writer (
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news)

The above story is about protesters making their annual trek to the School of the Americas for their protest against its apparently eggregious practices. They claim the school has been training the ugly dictator regimes in Central and South America in their ugly torture habits and death squads and the whole rest of the nasty ugly mess that's gone for decades by U.S. supported regimes.

However... the local police wanted to restrict their right to protest, and to make them pass through metal dectors before being allowed to protest, etc. The claim? In a time of war, one has to be more careful.

However... the judicial panel which heard the case said:

"We cannot simply suspend or restrict civil liberties until the War on Terror is over, because the War on Terror is unlikely ever to be truly over," Judge Gerald Tjoflat wrote for the panel. "Sept. 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country."

Yay! a voice of reason!