Capítulo "After 9/11":
* "The PATRIOT Act and its progeny are the most abominable, unconstitutional governmental assaults on personal freedom since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798" and "the most unpatriotic of the things that the Bush administration and this [Republican controlled] Congress could have visited upon us."
* "federal agents and local police can write their own search warrants, serve them on American financial institutions without the intervention of a judge, and obtain information about you without you even knowing it!" The PATRIOT Act "has allowed the government to circumvent completely the Fourth Amendment" and "makes it a crime – punishable by five years in jail – for the recipient of a self-written search warrant to tell anyone that he or she has received the search warrant."
* "The government can now . . . break into your house . . . steal your checkbook, put an electronic bug under your kitchen table, and make it look like it was a house burglary. It can even leave and not tell you or the local police what has happened."
* "President Bush does not recognize the constitutional limitations imposed on his office. His only concern is with victory over ‘the enemy,’ whoever that may be. "
PS: Among Judge Napolitano’s common sense recommendations:
* are abolition of the income tax ("the Sixteenth Amendment . . . should be abolished outright")
* same for the Seventeenth Amendment which called for the direct election of U.S. senators and a return to the system of appointing them by state legislatures; [Só na década da WWI é que os 2 Senadores por Estado passaram a ser eleitos directamente. Até lá eram apontados pelas legislaturas Estaduais. Devia ter permanecido assim.]
* "Thus, I would clarify the right of the states to secede from the Union," writes the judge from New Jersey, "losing all the benefits that come from membership [in the union], but regaining all the freedom membership has taken away".
Via: The Men Who Destroyed the Constitution by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Hear ye, hear ye!