Saturday, February 11, 2006

How's that again?

The current guv'mint are the authors of the so-called "USA Patriot" Act of 2001 which - by mightily stretching - they claim stands for:

Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 - (Really! I'm not kidding!)
Well, it damned sure hasn't united us, nor strengthened us - but it has provided the 'appropriate (illegal) tools required to obstruct' privacy and civil rights, so if you really want to know the whole truth, the acronym actually stands for:

Unsavory Scheme Attacking Privacy by Avaricious Thieves, Republican Ideologues and Oil Tycoons

"Reason and ignorance influence the bulk of mankind. If either of these can be rendered sufficiently extensive, the machinery of government goes easily on. Reason obeys itself and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it."
- Thomas Paine, 1797 in "Rights of Man"

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