I know this is going to upset a lot of you but here goes.
(to save my hide I will state that I've been a mostly conservaive Republican all my 61 years. But wrong is wrong and I am sickened that Christians are not standing up for basic human rights that this country was founded on. Yes, I know how the argument goes. It's "war time" and that "makes it right" See my comments on the Japanese Internment camps at the end).
Can you tell me what country this is?
1. The country in question invaded one country in retaliation to an attack; and invaded a second country under what many believe were false pretenses.
2. The country used torture at times on their war prisoners nullifying the Geneva Accords. When asked about this, the country's government said words to the effect that, "These aren't members of a military group and so we do not need to abide by the Geneva Accords." The vice-president of the country defends this position vigorously.
3. Some citizens of this country are arrested without any constitutional rights being observed. For example, an American citizen from the state of Washington, an attorney who was NOT an Arab, was arrested because it was determined by the country's investigative arm that his fingerprints matched the PARTIAL prints found at the bombing scene in another country. The man was detained for two weeks without his citizen's right to habeus corpus; no access to an attorney; no access to a judge; and was in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day. Fortunately for him, it was found that his fingerprints were NOT the ones found at the bomb site in the other country. He was then let go without any formal apology.
4. In this country, domestic overseas calls can be monitored secretly without a warrant by a government agency.
The answer is: The United States of America
And you didn't understand why parts of the Patriot Act disturb me. Mark my words and I will say this is as a prophetic word--someday this will come back and bite us Christians when WE are deemed to be enemies of the state by an adminsitration unsympthetic toward us.
Another view: Ask the 99% innocent Japanese-Americans from the 1940's how they felt about being herded into "internment" camps; their rights trampled as citizens of the USA during WWII? Hmmmm--50 years later we felt so awful about that, we paid them reparations.
I wonder what will happen 50 years from now? Will the Washignton attorney receive reparations from a conscience-stricken American populace?
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