"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny."
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(1918-2008) Russian novelist, Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 8 years for critizing Stalin in a personal letter, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1970
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The war on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, drugs, poverty, terrorism, etc., etc., etc. proves absolute the statement's accuracy. A state of war also, by way of extremely terse example, serves as an excuse for imperialism, despotism forced on the foreign innocent, an extension of blood lust and demonic debauchery.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    True Mike. So funny how our liberties become limited under the term Patroit Act which looks to become permanent.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Naw...you mean the Military Commisssions Act, The Patriot Act and now this latest Obamination declaring America a battle ground aren't just for our own good? I'm stunned! An excellent quote with an obvious truth.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    This fact cannot be overstated. We absolutely must consider the price of 'security.' Strings are attached! Heed the warnings of those that managed to live through communist and fascist prison camps. History has shown that it CAN happen here. Ask a Japanese-American how the Bill of Rights protected him during WW2 -- it didn't, not here in the US or even in Central and South America where citizens of Japanese descent were sent to US prison camps during and after the war.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    The Bill of Rights does not contain a list of rights that are given to the American people by the government. Instead it provides a list of the rights that are inherently ours, and they can’t be taken away by the government. M Connelly 2011
     -- Abby     
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