Reports that New York police conducted sweeping nationwide surveillance of people suspected of anti-Bush sentiment in 2004 just might scare us into silence.
Public paranoia and a credulous establishment media that have failed to aggressively report on 9/11 have allowed a cult-like "Truth Movement" to fill in the gaps.
When the day comes for America to be judged for its war on terror and
the human rights crimes that have been done in the name of its
citizens, who can say they stood up and said no?
The New York Mets' squelching of first baseman Carlos
Delgado's longstanding protest of the war in Iraq during the
seventh-inning stretch speaks volumes about how the rules of the game
have changed on political dissent.
Power-friendly reporters like Judith Miller are easily manipulated
by selective leaks. But what we need now is more civil disobedience by
whistle-blowers exposing renditions, acts of torture and the flagrant
abuse of power.
The controversy over the World Trade Center cultural
institutions is one more episode in a long, often bitter dispute over
how 9/11 should be remembered and understood.
It's déjà-vu all over again: National Guard units and federal, state and local law enforcement are spying on antiwar activists.
Steve Kurtz is being persecuted to warn off anyone who dares to contest the joint enterprise of science, profit, Pentagon and state.
Just as Roger Clemens can be counted on to fire heat, our national pastime inevitably waves the flag in times of national stress.
It was a bomb that started the whole thing--an image of one anyway.