Alfred G Gerteiny
Do you know what happened?
Alfred G Gerteiny wrote: Yes, and politicians and academics in Switzerland, Germany, France and the UK have been convicted for uttering criticism of Israel. But we have, and have had all that and more in the States.... Remember the McCarthy period? The Edgar G. Hoover terror, the lynching of Blacks, the conviction and execution of countless innocents? More recently, look at what happened to the 3 or 4 medical students (US citizens, I believe, of Arab decent) on their way to a hospital residency in Florida. Not only were they detained and publicly defamed, because of hearsay, but the hospital where they were heading to train, receiving threats from area bigots, cancelled their residency. Even before the 9-11 terror attack, 6 to 8 years ago a South African Professor at a Long Island University was harassed and urged I believe, by no less than Liberal Gov. Cuomo to be fired for offering a course comparing the bigotry of Nazism, Fascism and Zionism. Since then, we have witnessed even more attacks on civil liberty and Academic Freedom. Nobody's perfect, my friend, but you must admit that Europe provides better, cheaper and more universal healthcare and education to its people, and wonderful benefits to families and the elderly, something we should, perhaps emulate! >From: David Still >It seems like the people who talk loudest about supposed wartime threats to civil liberties are also the ones who most admire Europe as a model for, and restraint on, America. Yet as Jeffrey Rosen notes in the Washington Post, Europeans are not big on civil liberties: >In the course of researching the state of liberty and security after 9/11, I've been especially struck by how restrained America's legal response appears when contrasted with that of our European allies. Although they weren't directly attacked, the countries of the European Union passed anti-terrorism measures during the past year that are far more sweeping than anything adopted in the United States. >In October, France expanded the powers of the police to search private property without a warrant. Germany has engaged in religious profiling of suspected terrorists, a practice that was upheld in a court challenge. In Britain, which has become a kind of privacy dystopia, Parliament passed a sweeping anti-terrorism law in December that authorizes a central government authority to record and store all communications data generated by e-mail, Internet browsing or other electronic communications, and to make the data available to law enforcement without a court order. In May, the European Union authorized all of its members to pass similar laws requiring data retention. >In France, the BBC reports, novelist Michel Houellebecq went on trial today "on charges of inciting religious hatred." In an interview, he opined that "the dumbest religion, after all, is Islam." He could spent a year in jail if convicted