Thursday, October 13, 2011

This Isn't Freedom

Let's say you're out somewhere and are approached by someone who tells you that your wife is sleeping with your neighbor, shows you doctored photos, then proceeds to tell you that they are plotting to kill you and it's kill or be killed.  Then they tell you they're going to give you a gun so you can take her out before she gets you.  When you show up for the gun, they arrest you because you intended to kill your wife.  The stranger was an FBI agent and you were picked because you fit a demographic profile and you once googled "if my wife is plotting to kill me should i kill her first."

Such are the tactics our government is using to "keep us safe."  They create or escalate a situation to incite violence against this country, then spring a trap.  They aren't catching people actively plotting, they're targeting people for their thoughts.  Then feeding those thoughts until they spring to flame.  This is a perversion of what it means to be a free society....and the people rejoice.  I shouldn't be so hard, they don't know any better.  They don't understand what is happening. 

Am I wrong to be outraged by this?  Ask yourself this question:  Without the FBI fanning the flames and providing funding, would any of the 17 people accused of terror in the past 10 years have carried out a terror plot?  If the answer is not an unequivocal YES in all 17 cases then what we've done is criminalized thought.  Have you ever gotten in an argument and had a momentary thought of some ill-fortune falling upon your combatant.  Would you like to go to jail for that?

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