Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

L.A. Times welcomes pre-crime prosecutions

Written By: Bob - Aug• 07•12

In a recent post about the white supremacist Sikh temple gunman, Brian Bennett of the L.A. Times laments that Big Brother couldn’t do more beforehand.

But the FBI is prohibited under federal law from collecting information on U.S. citizens not suspected of committing a crime. In order to open a domestic terrorism investigation, FBI agents must believe a suspect has threatened violence, has broken federal law and is trying to advance a political or social agenda.

This sets the bar high for opening a domestic terrorism case before someone has made a specific threat of violence or committed a crime.

It’s alarming that Bennett and the Times are open to throwing away laws that prohibit the KGB-style collecting of information against U.S. citizens that are not suspected of committing any crimes. How much more of our freedom will the leftist press be willing to sacrifice on the dubious claim that allowing Big Brother to keep files on American citizens will somehow help them stop crimes before they happen?

Reading Bennett’s call for more authoritarianism brought Samuel Adam’s famous quote to mind.

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

We cannot tolerate the actions of one man, no matter how vicious or evil, being used to strip away the basic protections and privacy of our entire Republic, and should revile Bennett and his editors at the Times for hinting at such a repulsive “solution.”

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  1. mytralmann says:

    The left, starting with the NYT in the 1930’s, has always admired Stalin. His murders of millions were always considered less objectionable than those by Hitler since he was “building”socialism, while Hitler was just a nihilist. Nicknamed “the little Father”, JS filled not only graves, but Gulags and “Psychiatric hospitals” with people considered “dangerous”. Perhaps the LAT clown would not go so far as his idol, but he is not far from such a scenario with these wishes he has put to print.
    And help for him may be one the way. Recent advances in brain MRI technology allow real time displays of whether one is telling the truth , how intelligent you are likely to be, etc. Someday it might detect non PC thought. A nice tool for the LAT to use in press prosecutions of political “rebels” or for the FBI in looking for those who are “dangerous” to the citizenry at large. We could forget about expensive, dilatory courts and the pesky concept of due process.
    The Russians were so unhappy with Stalin that they removed him from Lenin’s tomb in Red Square, and placed him in the wall behind it . The LAT could help rehab his rep, so long dissed by the uninformed.

  2. Advo says:

    To the left, it’s not their freedom that’s being given away – it’s yours. They are the upper class, protected from the demands they make of others.