“There is a little-known codicil…which gives the dean unlimited power to preserve order in the event of campus emergency.”

(Apologies for the advertisement at the end of the clip.)

It seems that double-secret probation is also in force in America today. The ACLU has made a Freedom of Information Act request to Attorney General Holder for information concerning the secret interpretation of section 215 of the Patriot Act on the part of the Obama administration. This request has been bolstered by a letter sent by Representatives Mark Udall and Ron Wyden in support of the request:

“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”

Dean Wormer…er, uh, President Obama needs to get a firm grip on his intelligence services. The Blutarskies and Hoovers of the world are going to get that information, and the electorate (the electorate, Mr. Obama) will discover just how far up the public ass the Patriot Act is being jammed.

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Rights? Riiiiight.

You don’t have any rights.

None.

Hey! I hear you cry. I’ve got rights! Lots of rights. I’ve got the Bill of Rights right in front of me, and it says I have rights–the right to assemble, the right to speak as I please, the right to be tried by a jury of my peers, the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Wrong. You do not have rights.

What you have are temporary, selective privileges granted to you by a government that has grown less concerned about its citizens and far more concerned with maintaining and expanding its power base. And that group of privileges is getting smaller every day.

Habeus corpus is still suspended, in the U.S., for everyone.

The Patriot Act has been extended for yet another year (so much for “temporary” measures).

We will soon not be allowed to speak the harsh truth about militant religions and their war on rational thought. Fundie wingnuts (of all flavors) and teabaggers push for legislation that makes criticism of what they believe to be labeled as “hate crimes”.

And if we’re not careful, it might just come down to this.