Decent article on some flaws in the opposition to the Patriot Act and Patriot Act II. I have once bone to pick with the author.
He states that one of the ACLU's points in their sample resolution could be construed as a criminal act of obstruction of justice. I agree, but don't see this as a problem.
When the Founding Fathers rose up and revolted against the unjust administration of Britain, they were committing far more than obstructions of justice - it was out right treason. Resisting tyranny, in any form, requires a certain measure of rule breaking and chance taking, which can incur penalties up to an including the death of the participants. As Benjamin Franklin said, "We must all hang together, or we will most assuredly hang separately."
Quite simply, if all the non-violent law-abiding ways of resistance are taken from us, then the only means to resist necessarily mean breaking laws and possibly incurring penalties. It's the nature of revolt.
CNN.com - Grassroots opposition to rights-infringing antiterrorism tactics - Sep. 15, 2003
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