Saturday, May 05, 2007

It's OK to Arm the Terrorists as Long as They Don't Check Out a Book.

Are terrorists more dangerous checking out a library book or buying military style weapons in the United States?

Following 9/11, the FBI, under pressure from the Bush administration, allocated most of its resources toward counterterrorism cutting civil rights enforcement drastically, slashing the number of criminal investigations conducted nationwide.

The decline of civil rights enforcement was part of a massive shift of FBI resources to counterterrorism. The bureau reassigned some 2,400 agents from criminal programs after 9/11, causing major drops in other traditional investigations, particularly of white-collar crime

Civil rights enforcement is no longer a top priority of the FBI, but violating our civil liberties to "stop" terrorism has become a top priority such as trying to force libraries to disclose what books Americans on the "terrorism suspect" list checked out or bought.

Meanwhile The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms that they are now allowed to buy. The NRA says banning gun sales to terror suspects infringes on civil liberties, but banning book sales to "innocent" Americans is not?


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