#1) A new bill being pushed by Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman would allow the U.S. military to round up large numbers of Americans and detain them indefinitely without a trial if they "pose a threat" or if they have "potential intelligence value" or for any other reason the President of the United States "considers appropriate".
#2) Lawmakers in Washington D.C. working to create a new immigration bill have decided on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would be required to obtain.
#3) Barack Obama is backing a plan to create a national database to store the DNA of people who have been arrested but not necessarily convicted of a crime.
#4) Just to get on an airplane, Americans will now have to go through new full-body scanners that reveal every detail of our exposed bodies to airport security officials.
#5) If that wasn't bad enough, the Transportation Security Administration has announced that airport screeners will begin roving through airports randomly taking chemical swabs from passengers and their bags to check for explosives.
#20 was perhaps the worst of all: "[O]ne other recent poll found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: 'It is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.'" No it is not necessary! The greatest threat to American national security came from the Germans and the Japanese during World War II, and, with the egregious exception of the Japanese-Americans (Nisei), very little liberty was suspended for the duration.
Virtual buckeye to When Giants Fall