RIP Philo

Bill Maher on civil liberties

Liberals must stop saying President Bush hasn't asked Americans to sacrifice for the War on Terror. On the contrary, he's asked us to sacrifice something enormous: Our civil rights.

Now, when I heard George Bush was reading my e-mails, I probably had the same reaction you did–George Bush can read?! Yes he can, and this administration has read your phone records, credit card statements, mail, internet logs… I can't tell if their fighting the War on Terror or producing the next season of Cheater. I mail myself a copy of the Constitution every morning, just on the hope they'll open it and see what it says!

So when it comes to sacrifice, don't kid yourself–you *have* given up a lot! You've given up faith in your government's honesty, the good will of people overseas, and 6/10 of the Bill of Rights. Here's what you've sacrificed: search and seizure, warrents, self incrimination, trial by jury, cruel and unusual punishment. Here's what you have left: handguns, religion, and they can't make you quarter a British soldier. If Prince Harry invades the inland empire, he has to bring a tent.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 18th, 2007 5:16pm
The above is a quote.  Forgot the quotation marks.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 18th, 2007 5:17pm
>I mail myself a copy of the Constitution every morning,
>just on the hope they'll open it and see what it says!

I love that bit.
Permalink Colm 
March 18th, 2007 5:24pm
But, but, but... I thought that as long as I don't have anything to hide, I should not be concerned with the government reading my mail, taking my DNA off the sidewalk, or monitoring me with cameras on every street corner. Isn't it only criminals who are concerned about such things?
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 18th, 2007 7:05pm
As long as Mexicans aren't being arrested for transporting Tequila into the states, why should we care care?

(Fundie Muslims could help themselves out by distilling some premium booze now and again. Liquids would quickly become allowed.)
Permalink devil's butler 
March 18th, 2007 10:47pm
Do you ever think that you might actually deserve this?
Permalink Dan Denman 
March 18th, 2007 11:14pm
The situation is fine until the authorities decide to redefine your current activites as illegal.
Permalink Billx 
March 19th, 2007 4:40am

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