[lit-ideas] Propaganda in the Headlines

  • From: Eric Yost <NYCEric@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 16:41:01 -0500

Below is an excerpt from an AP article. Note the headline:

Anti-Terror Bill Worries Liberties Groups

Reading the phrase "Liberties Groups," evokes more than the ACLU. 
"Liberties Groups" sounds like a bunch of hippies who take liberties, 
libertines, and liberals.

These "Liberties Groups" are "worried" by the bill. They worry, are 
concerned, perhaps they worry too much, and in their worry are made 
trivial. Liberties Groups worry too much. They are just "Groups" anyway 
and their worry is not that important. After all, the headline doesn't 
say that the new bill worries Constitutional scholars, the only people 
worrying are a bunch of effeminate, probably decadent Liberties Groups.

What are they worries about? Why, an "anti-terror" bill. How silly of 
these decadent groups to worry about that! They should worry about 
terrorism, shouldn't they?

RIGHTS, was just too direct, and didn't have the trivializing effect the 
corporate media wanted.



Anti-Terror Bill Worries Liberties Groups

(c) The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - People indicted on terror charges will have a much 
harder time getting free on bail under a provision in the new 
intelligence bill. The provision also broadens the government's 
authority to spy on terror suspects.

Critics say the enforcement powers, attached to the bill with little 
debate in Congress, weaken civil liberties and privacy rights that 
already were undermined by the Patriot Act that was approved shortly 
after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The new legislation broadens prohibitions against providing material 
support to terror groups, makes it a crime to visit a terror camp that 
provides military-style training and allows the FBI to obtain secret 
surveillance warrants against ``lone wolf'' extremists not known to be 
tied to a specific terrorist group. It also makes terrorism hoaxes a 
federal crime and toughens penalties against people who possess weapons 
of mass destruction.

The Bush administration pushed to include the law enforcement package in 
the intelligence measure to augment the Patriot Act, which expanded the 
government's surveillance and prosecutorial powers against suspected 
terrorists, their associates and financiers.

``We are pleased that Congress agreed that we still needed to improve 
our defenses,'' Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo said.

Critics say the provisions escaped close scrutiny because they were 
tucked into the massive bill creating a new national intelligence director.

``Overall, it's another threat to civil liberties in this country,'' 
said Charlie Mitchell, legislative counsel for the American Civil 
Liberties Union. ``It's just a continuation of what the administration's 
been doing.''

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