Monday, August 6, 2007

Protection, and Common Sense, Needed

This is a short version of the previous post, sort of.

The recent, and temporary, upgrade of the FISA wiretap bill took six years to get from good idea to ready-for-signature bill. Part of the reason for this delay was the great care Congress took, protecting us from the prying eyes of law enforcement.

Let's give this the good-sense test.

Let's say you're in an office building. Outside you see a cop on the corner, and a truck racing toward your building with a "Death to America" banner on top.

Who concerns you more: the cop, or the terrorist?

Silly? Of course. This was a purely hypothetical situation, presented as a sort of thought-experiment. Real terrorists don't label themselves that way.

Same question, phrased a little differently: Who is scarier? The cop, or the terrorist? Or the members of congress who apparently think the cop is?

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.