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  • "Where will the US be in 50 years? With the Patriot Act and current government infractions of civil liberties as well as other bills in the pipes that threaten other freedoms, it's too easy to glimpse reality from V's fictional future."

    I think you have seen one conspiracy movie too many. : )

    • While I agree that it may seem farfetched, there are several examples that come to mind.

      First and most jarring [slashdot.org] is a bill that was proposed that would have made it illegal to publicly disclose the existence of US spying programs. In some of those /. comments, people talk about how the Patriot Act is also being used for non-terrorism activities (child porn and drugs). Now I doubt such a bill would pass, but it really shows when the gov't actually proposes such a bill.

      The whole wiretapping thing itself is another example where the government can snoop on us if they feel like we're "terrorists."

      Lastly, what does it mean to be a terrorist? Recently, a couple in Texas got reported to Homeland Security [dvorak.org] for paying off their debt too early.

      And in digging up those URL's, I noticed this new one [com.com] where Homeland Security is exempt from making their meetings public.

      My point is that we are experiencing a shift in what our gov't does and is capable of doing and in 50 years, we'll look back and wonder what happened.

      Peace,

      Jason