This combined with the news that Bush would like to federalize disaster response. Notice how the media always interviews the ACLU as the local opposition, thereby polarizing debate into two camps that share a common goal. Either you are with the communistic ACLU or you're for dismantling state control and promoting federalism. Sounds like a losing proposition to me.
If the disaster in New Orleans has taught us anything, it should be that reliance on any governmental agency for your well being, be it local, state or federal, is at best a gamble that you take with your own life.
More importantly we need to note what government's soloutions to a given problem usually is - confiscation of liberty. In the wake of 911; the Patriot Act, Domestic Security Enhancement Act and others empowered the government to remove more liberties.
In addition, a ruling has been handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit with regards to the detention of the U.S. citizen Jose Padilla who was arrested in Chicago.
“Padilla, after all, in addition to supporting hostile forces in Afghanistan and taking up arms against our troops on a battlefield in that country … also came to the United States in order to commit future acts of terrorism against U.S. citizens and targets.”Without regard to Padilla's innocence/guilt, which interestingly enough cannot be determined because he is being detained as an "enemy combatant", judges can order that people be detained indefinitely on the perception that they might "commit future acts of terrorism."
The Real Effect
Boy, if I didn't know better, I would assume that the American people, not the terrorists and looters are the enemy here. In the years of the "conservative" agenda, we have been given more government, more bureaucracy, and not-surprisingly, less freedom. This merely exposes both sides of the argument as nothing more than globalist controlled instruments of American destruction. But then again, we know better, don't we?
Look for continued 'revelations' of the American al-Quaeda threat as our benevolent leaders begin to realize that perhaps some terrorist poured in through those incredibly porous borders and taken up refuge in the US. But in order to secure the "homeland" we cannot leave Iraq, and Iran, but rather we must ensure "Free Trade" by bringing in foreign mercenaries, err... troops and setting up internal checkpoints.