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cjthomas
Mar. 25th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmm.
Hmm and Hmm again.

Article saved locally in case it's lost in the stacks for some reason.

The cynic in me says that it's very hard to accurately assess the number of people actually disappearing, so this could be a mountain/molehill thing. It's exactly the kind of story that propagates virally regardless of actual scope.

The deeper cynic in me can perfectly believe that the US government would rather take everyone they want to question into custody now and let them out when they feel like it, than risk the handful of moles in that vast mass of honest citizens getting wind of questioning. The backlog would be big enough for people to be rotting in jail for years, unless they're being very selective.

I recall a documentary on one of our [Canada's] citizens being detained while on a drip down there, for months on end, due to WTC aftermath. Upshot was that most of the constitutional protections apply only to full citizens of the US, if I understand/remember correctly.

The rest of me says I'm being too cynical on account of it being 3am.

-Deuce (of FurryMUCK)
revar
Mar. 26th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmm.
I actually sort of expected some folks disappearing for questioning, as much as I find it disturbing. We have a history of doing this. During WWII there were a number of japanese internment camps in California. I guess we put "people of interest" in Guantanamo now.

However, the reports we're reading here are hearsay, and could be just isolated cases, or there may be other reasons for their disappearance. The parents may have just gotten scared and decided to run. We have no way of knowing if the government has anything to do with this or not.

What gets my goat is the order from above, that teachers can't express negative opinions about the war around the kids.

Damnit, schools are to teach kids to think, NOT to brainwash them with the official party line.
shatterstripes
Mar. 26th, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmm.
Nah, schools are for teaching kids to be good little cogs. If you think and ask questions, you get in trouble.
bluejaey
Mar. 26th, 2003 02:00 am (UTC)
Well. x.x i feel better at least know
im not alone, in my outcry against the war. x_x
it's Scarey.. this mass brain washing..
scarey when you realize they actually
believe what they are being told.

and a friend of mine has disappeared as well..
I hope she is okay...
schnee
Mar. 26th, 2003 03:20 am (UTC)
Scarey... :/
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