Thursday, September 04, 2008

Down the slippery slope

From ThinkProgress:
Eight protesters at the RNC were charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act yesterday. The suspects’ lawyer called the charges ridiculous, saying the accusations are “an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism.” So far, nearly 300 protesters and journalists have been arrested.
No, we shouldn't care that the maladministration insists that it can torture and detain indefinitely any "terrorists" it wants (because, after all, they are "terrorists" and by definition 'beyond the law').


At 7:46 AM, Blogger bystander.again said...

Those charges ought to raise the hair on the back of every American's head, but it won't. I have no idea how to cut through the compartmentalized thinking that people have which produces doesn't affect me.

I keep thinking about the studies which have been done on how folks evaluate risk. And, I keep thinking that the answers to that puzzle ought to be there. We tend to oversubscribe risk to things unlikely to happen, and under-subscribe risk to things that are.

Maybe it's more reptilian brain than I think it is. As long as I move with the herd, I'm unlikely to be the one picked off by the predator. Who knows.

Fish tomorrow? Please?

At 8:03 AM, Blogger bystander.again said...

And, just for grins, one ought to compare those charges with "these".


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