Monday, January 23, 2006

More Belafonte

Via the Washington Post, Harry Belafonte continued his flight from reality with this statement in a speech at the Arts Presenters Members Conference:

"We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,"

"You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel,"

I am waiting for someone on the left to stand up and condemn Belafonte for his persistence in making such intellectually dishonest statements. Citizen having their rights suspended? Homeland Security is equivalent to the Nazi Gestapo? People are arrested with no rights to counsel? Since 9/11 I am aware of once case where an American citizen was treated in this manner and it was Jose Padilla, who has been accused of plotting to set off a bomb. He was declared an enemy combatant and held without charges for three years and recently was transferred to court and indicted. Yes this was a grave miscarriage of justice but on the other hand this is one incident. There are no other documented cases of goverment agents behaving in the manner Belafonte describes nor are there rampant cases of U.S. citizens being deprived the rights granted to them by the Consitution.

Some on the left say facism is running rampant and we have entered a dark time where the U.S. Constitution is in shreds and that the Republic is at an end. Sorry, you are going to have to show me some proof on this issue and not the rantings of virulent hatred from an irrelavant man.

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