Friday, May 11, 2007

Quote Of The Week

From an interview with Christopher Hitchens.

Q: ...I get the feeling you think extremists such as Abu Hamza, the former Finsbury Park Mosque imam, should not go unnoticed. Would you eavesdrop on suspected extremists in Britain?

A: You don't have to eavesdrop on someone who gets up in public and says, "Kill the Jews."

[....]

Q: But you might want to tap the phone of the people who are listening to him.

A: If the Metropolitan Police are not listening to his phone and the phones of people like him, then they should be impeached and removed from office.

Intrusive fishing expeditions are one thing, but let's not forget that we have warrants for a reason.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Agreed. The point where Bush permanently lost me on civil liberties was when they passed the rule (I think it was part of the Patriot Act) that the feds could do wiretapping without a warrant.

Now, they already have a "secret court" in D.C. that grants virtually all of the warrant requests it receives, and the proceedings are secret. And now the president doesn't think it's fair that he needs their approval? That's pretty crazy stuff.

10:45 PM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christopher Hitchens occasionally makes some good points but I think thats purely by accident-like Monkeys and typewriters producing Shakespeare. He's in love with the sound of his own invective

3:00 PM, May 11, 2007  

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