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Wednesday, 1.25.06: The Third Red Scare

How many al Qaeda are there? This is what I can't figure out. And the wiretapping story seems to change on a daily basis.

If it's "only terrorists" being tapped, why isn't there probable cause for a warrant? Why aren't these people picked up and thrown into Guantanamo with the rest of them?

I also hear that there are too many taps needed and we can't afford to get bogged down in court procedures. Are they all speaking English? I thought there weren't enough Arab or Farsi translators to do routine business, much less to sift through hours of phone calls. But why would conspirators speak English?

Are there hundreds or thousands of people in the US getting phone calls from terrorists? Don't you think that's scary?

If we take the Administration at its word about the Terrorist Surveillance System, then we have already lost the war against terrorism because they have totally infiltrated "the homeland." They're everywhere!

They're everywhere!

If we can't take the Administration at its word, then a new McCarthyism is taking hold across the land. Expect to hear the word "sympathizer" out of Karl Rove's mouth any day now. And expect that anyone who criticizes the Administration will be tarred with that brush. Fellow travelers! The ghost of J Edgar Hoover is rattling his chains.

 

McCarthyism took place during a period of intense suspicion in the United States primarily from 1950 to 1954, when the U.S. government was actively countering American Communist Party subversion, its leadership, and others suspected of being Communists or Communist sympathizers. During this period people from all walks of life became the subject of aggressive "witch-hunts," often based on inconclusive or questionable evidence. It grew out of the Second Red Scare that began in the late 1940s and is named after the U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, a Republican of Wisconsin.

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