What Liberties Have You Lost? Ask 16 Year Old Ashton Lundeby
During the Bush years, Republicans who listen to Savage, Limbaugh and Hannity would frequently ask me in a condescending I-know-better-than-you-attitude, "What liberties have you lost?" Then I'd tell them about Habeus Corpus and they'd hurl contempt at me as if how dare I presume to understand such complex issues like terrorism and the sacrifices we must make to defeat it. Seriously.
Now it's the Democrats' turn. With every economic freedom-crushing bill forced down our throats they ask me "What liberties have you lost?" I tell them about basic economic principles, the views of the Church, economic calculation problems, social justice initiatives that only excarbate the problem, the expansion of the State through government spending and inflation, how this expansion enables people like GWB to come along and pass horrible socially destructive policies (do you really think Democrats will be in charge forever?)
"If you don't like it, stay in Qatar."
Well, I don't like it.
And neither does sixteen year old Ashton Lundeby, held in FEDERAL PRISON in Indiana for the past 60 days without a charge being filed against him. That's right. Our beloved federal government is holding a sixteen year old boy in FEDERAL PRISON without a charge. There is a complaint against him, but no charge. And why is there no charge? Because there is no evidence, silly.
No what did this barely-pubescent threat to humanity and scourge of the Earth do to get such Soviet-style treatment in America? According the Federal Bureau of Illiterates (FBI), a bomb threat was made at 10:05 pm from an IP address registered to his computer. That's it. No, really, THAT'S IT. There is no other evidence. There is no bomb making material. There are no bomb making booklets or Columbine-esque homemade videotapes. There is no other evidence.
What about Ashton? Well, let's see. He was at Union Chapel Methodist Church in Kittrell, North Carolina with his mother until 9 pm, and then they went grocery shopping until 10pm. That gives him 5 minutes to make a bomb threat upon returning home from Church. Maybe he really didn't like the sermon!
Oh, did I mention that Ashton is homeschooled? Those of you unfamiliar with the Government's war on homeschoolers should take a read of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. What about hackers? Ashton's neighborhood pals say they can identify a hacker that has caused trouble in their school, and that he may have targeted Ashton. Did the FBI follow up on this lead? Of course not.
What if the FBI is right? What if this young man did make a bomb threat? Is that the punishment we dish out these days? 60 days of incarceration in federal prison without a charge being laid against him?
THIS IS OUR GOVERNEMNT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So under what law is the government holding this sixteen year old terrorist mastermind behind bars in a federal prison without charges for sixty days? The PATRIOT ACT.
God Bless America
Land That I Love
Stand Beside Her
And Guide Her
To The Homes Of The Boys That I Love
I will say no more, lest the FBI come after me.
David in Qatar