Saturday, July 01, 2006


Republicans: the anti-Liberty party

Peter Nicholas in the LA Times via TO Sacramento - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office in charge of protecting California against terrorism has tracked demonstrations staged by political and antiwar groups, a practice that senior law enforcement officials say is an abuse of civil liberties...California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's office learned of the homeland security activity more than two months ago. On Friday, a spokesman condemned the actions, saying they violated the groups' constitutional right of free speech. In other words, after two months of trying to work it out privately, Lockyer blew the whistle publicly. Schwarzenegger has deployed the Sergeant Schultz defense: Schwarzenegger had "no information and no knowledge that this was happening," said Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's communications director. If Californians don't fire him for totalitarian tendencies, they should fire him for stupidity. According to assorted analysts, he has failed to get together a proper disaster relief operation as would be required for a genuine homeland security operation.
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