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Columnist Nat Hentoff Urges Citizens to Oppose the Coup D'Etat Against...

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Nat Hentoff, who says that despite their concern about safety, Americans should oppose a "coup d'etat" against the Bill of Rights that he and other civil libertarians fear has been underway since the Sept.11 terror attacks(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org).
Columnist Nat Hentoff Urges Citizens to Oppose the Coup D'Etat Against Bill of Rights

Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris

Just one day after the U.S. military began bombing Afghanistan, Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Ridge was sworn in as the nation's first director of homeland security. President Bush created the Cabinet level position shortly after the Sept. 11th terror attacks in New York City and Washington. As head of the new office, Ridge will coordinate the work of 46 agencies to both prevent future attacks and respond in the event terrorists do strike again.

Public fears were raised about new terror assaults with the news that two Florida men had been exposed to anthrax, resulting in the death of one. With growing concern about security, a majority of Americans in a recent poll supported the imposition of a national ID card system and new anti-terror laws proposed by Attorney General John Ashcroft. Legislation now making its way through Congress includes proposals that would expand government authority to detain immigrants, initiate roving telephone wiretaps and monitor suspects electronic communications without a search warrant.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Nat Hentoff, who says that despite their concern about safety, Americans should oppose a "coup d'etat" against the Bill of Rights that he and other civil libertarians fear has been underway since the Sept.11 terror attacks(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org).

Read Nat Hentoff's columns on the Internet by going to the Village Voice Web site at: www.villagevoice.com
 
 

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