Saturday, October 30, 2004

What We're Up Against, Pt. 2 

Ken Layne has a good post on Eminem's "Mosh," among other things, and one of the other things happens to be this Justin Rood article from the Congressional Quarterly:
Eight months before the White House appointed him the Homeland Security Department’s top intelligence official, retired U.S. Army Gen. Patrick M. Hughes told a public forum at Harvard last year that the government would have to “abridge individual rights” and take domestic security measures “not in accordance with our values and traditions” to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States.

“What I’m about to say is very arrogant — arrogant to a fault,” said Hughes, a former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), in previously unreported remarks at a March 2003 Harvard University forum on “Future Conditions: The Character and Conduct of War, 2010 and 2020.”

“Set aside what the mass of people think. Some things are so bad for them that you cannot allow them to have them. One of them is war in the context of terrorism in the United States,” Hughes said, according to a transcript obtained by CQ Homeland Security.

“Therefore, we have to abridge individual rights, change the societal conditions, and act in ways that heretofore were not in accordance with our values and traditions, like giving a police officer or security official the right to search you without a judicial finding of probable cause,” said Hughes.

“Things are changing, and this change is happening because things can be brought to us that we cannot afford to absorb. We can’t deal with them, so we’re going to reach out and do something ahead of time to preclude them.

“Is that going to change your lives?” Hughes asked rhetorically. “It already has” . . . .

Former Democratic Sen. Gary Hart (1974-86) of Colorado, co-chairman of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century — which first called for the creation of a homeland security department — called Hughes’ remarks “a dangerous misunderstanding of the United States Constitution, our history and our political culture.”

“It’s the same kind of thinking that caused Abu Ghraib,” Hart said, referring to the recent scandal in which U.S. Army personnel abused Iraqi prisoners. “This thinking applied to this country will cause Abu Ghraibs in the United States.”
Layne also has an interesting post on the other video that's in constant rotation this weekend -- the new Osama bin Laden, "My Little Gift." The good news is, we'll only have to wait 72 hours to see who wins the Battle of the Bands.

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