Just remember that since Sept. 11, 2001, only about 140 U.S. citizens have been killed by terrorists—just a few more than die in automobile accidents each day. (See here.) And for this the U.S., under the Patriot Act, has invalidated vast swathes of the Bill of Rights and created a high-tech surveillance grid. The people, meanwhile, are being conditioned to be presumed guilty until proven innocent.
Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the first encounter with the free speech and association rights of American citizens in the context of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks, and in the first test of the constitutionality of a provision of the USA Patriot Act.
The “Material Support” law takes a sweeping approach to its ban on aid to terrorist groups, prohibiting the provision of cash, weapons and the like, as well as four more ambiguous categories – “training,” “personnel,” “expert advice or assistance” and “service.” Opponents of the law say that when it comes to providing lawful legal advice or training in nonviolence, the law is nothing more than “guilt by association,” reminiscent of the witch hunts of McCarthyism.
Read more at Truthout.com.