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    realalaskan

    ...we had 5 or 10 Democratic Senators from red states who weren't willing to go along with filibusters.

    Plus, during the two or three years after 9/11, Democrats wanted to show they were tough on terrorists-they were scared, as was much of the country.  That's when all the real bad stuff passed (Patriot Act (98-1 vote), Iraq war vote, etc.).

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      Plus, during the two or three years after 9/11, Democrats wanted to show they were tough on terrorists-they were scared, as was much of the country.  That's when all the real bad stuff passed (Patriot Act (98-1 vote), Iraq war vote, etc.).

      Before that, there was, of course, the Omnibus Terrorism Act of 1995, which contained many of the provisions later strengthened in the PATRIOT act.  Among other things, it proposed to (1) overturn the Posse Comitatus Act and involve the military directly in domestic anti-terrorism law enforcement, (2) establish special courts that would use secret evidence to try, and then deport, suspected aliens who were not accused of any crime, without appeal (3) allow "permanent detention" of any alien who, once subject to deportation, is unable to find another nation that will take him, and (4) allow deportation for "terrorism" even in cases where people give aid to nonviolent groups which do not give any material support to terrorists but which "support terrorist goals" (such as giving food or medical supplies to humanitarian groups in areas controlled by the PLO or Hezbollah).

      Sound at all familiar?

      All that chipping away of Constitutional rights in the name of "fighting terrorism", didn't begin with the Bush Administration . . . .

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      by Lenny Flank on Sat Dec 22, 2007 at 05:47:18 PM PST

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    •  Wow... (0+ / 0-)

      ...too late to rec this comment (I've been away), but I wanted to say that this is a very nice summary of situation.

      You vote independent... I'll stick with the party that brought us social security, civil rights, and environmental protection.

      by dianem on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 12:01:35 PM PST

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