Warning: After 9/11, Liberty May Never Be Recovered

march 8, 2004  05:44 pm
Far more dangerous to Americans than the USA Patriot Act is the Bush administration's assault on another class of liberties, which Harvey A. Silverglate and Carl Takei define as "threshold rights." These include fair elections, the right of the accused to a public jury trial, separation of powers among the three branches of government, and the right to free expression. Once lost, the authors assert in The Boston Phoenix, "the only thing that stands between any of us and arbitrary imprisonment is the good will of the president, the attorney general, and the secretary of defense."