Sunday, March 16, 2008

Homeland Security

There was a heavy police presence surrounding the site of the hearings -- the campus of a local college in Silver Springs, Maryland. Snipers watched from rooftops, a mobile command post was set up and cops outnumbered protesters 2-1.

And who was all this protection for, what was the grave threat to the "homeland"?

Iraqi vets giving testimony about abuses.

Obviously, there was a need for a chilling effect on the speakers. A little reminder, perhaps, of what they had been over there fighting for.

Freedom of speech: it was great while it lasted.

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