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Presumed Guilty in the Name of Fighting Terrorism

Original Saepe_Expertus Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 8:36 PM
BARR WROTE: "This expanded power now permits the officials at the NCTC to run dragnets of databases provided from federal, state or local sources in order to search for potential “patterns” of terrorist behavior." First question; what the hell is a "pattern of terrorist activity"? Will these so-called 'patterns' be compared to ACTUAL patterns of behavior, demonstrated by actual terrorists? Second Question; What is a "potential' terrorist act? Is that like a 3 lb. rock on the edge of a 60º slope being defined as a "potential" landslide? Aren't LAW and Bureaucracies wonderful? A Mark Twain quote comes to mind.
Original Saepe_Expertus Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 8:39 PM
Mark Twain said: "Scientists tell us that the Mississippi River Delta is advancing at the rate of 100 feet a year. This lets us know that in about 100 years it will be a 3 hour boat ride from St. Louis to New Orleans. Science is a wonderful thing; you can reap such a rich harvest of speculation from such a trifling investment of FACT!"

The legal principle placing the burden of proof on accusers rather than the accused can be traced back to Second and Third Century Roman jurist, Julius Paulus Prudentissimus. Yet, this ancient concept, which forms the legal and moral cornerstone of the American judicial system, is quickly being undermined in the name of “national security.”

In August 2004, President George W. Bush created the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) via Executive Order 13354. The organization was then codified in December of that year in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). The primary purpose of this secretive government agency...