Pure genius. Here’s more on the Colonial Lawyer James Otis who Senator Paul mentioned. The phrase “Taxation without Representation is Tyranny” is usually attributed to him.
After reading the Washington Post article, Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database, officials say, it is easy to see how this is a complete breach of civil liberties. Honest, American-born, flag-waving citizens could mistakenly be blacklisted. Once blacklisted they can’t fly. How easy it would be to ruin a family’s small business. How difficult if not impossible it may be to clear your name. Citizens must have the right to quickly appeal before their lives are mistakenly destroyed.
How does this differ than what Hitler did for Germany? This has nothing to do with terrorism but everything to do with the systematic replacement of the the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with the Nazi handbook by people who want to destroy our great country.
Even if a small, draconian no-fly list should legally exist because of people proven without a shadow of a doubt to be involved with terrorists, government must publicize all the reasons why people are blacklisted.
War without representation. Wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The U.S. Afghanistan war has been the longest war in the history of the United States and yet most citizens have no idea why we are there. Gates’ statement shows arrogance towards the will of the citizens.