The USA PATRIOT Act fails in Senate on Friday. Renewing trust in our nations "intelligence". Also the senate turned down a less intense 3-month extension of the act. Bush told press he would veto a 3-month extension but neither that or the permanent extension passed. The main reason why the bill did not pass was not because it infringed upon our privacy but because the government has much room to abuse the bill and to do activities without court order. President Bush authorized thousand of phone conversation taps with out a count order, this was shocking to the senate because of the broad and uncontrolled powers of the government the bill gave. I'll write more on this later, in the mean time read this artical.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
The second Gulf of Tonkin Attack on U.S. warships never happened according to new evidence by a spy-agency. The attack were to have took place on August 4th, 1964. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed three days later which enabled President Johnson to use "all necessary steps" which lead to the full scale war in Vietnam. Faulty intel was to blame for not only did the attacks never happen but the alleged attackers did not even know the location of the ships. What bugs me about this new evidence is not that I’m angry about how Vietnam War was one of the biggest mistakes in U.S. military history but because the same exact thing is happening now. We went to war over faulty evidence and national fear (then over communism, now over terrorism); it seems to me like we should learn from our mistakes - but we don’t. Now the agenda is bringing freedom to the Middle East and "liberating" a nation; which is fine, but not a reason for going to a long, dragged out, controversial war. Weapons of mass destruction were never found, and I don’t know if you all remember this but that was the original reason for going to war. And the original reason for going to war was due to a mistake (or manufactured) in evidence. I'll talk more about this later I am sooooo tired.
Posted by Aric Miller at 11:39 PM