"The plea of necessity, that eternal argument of all conspirators."
William Henry Harrison
(1773-1841), 9th U. S. President
Letter to Simon Bolivar, 27 September 1829
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And one we've heard too often since 9/11...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Individuals that might well be added to 'conspirators' are profiteers, tyrants, power-mongers, etc.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
    Works for me.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    Turn on CNN or any local broadcast and count the number of times they say the word 'dangerous' per minute. An American without courage is an unwitting conspirator against his/her country.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Clever, what way to spell out self justification projected onto a large stage,
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
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    Remember back to your early days, before you KNEW every word was a lie, every urgency was deception, every talking head uniquely trained to spew politically correct internationalism. Now picture about 280 million sheeple in front of their CNN/CNBC/FOX screens, getting a slightly left, slightly right dose of tin foil hats and DANGER. When the crash comes, the 20 million who are awake will have some redeeming and self protective moments. I'm ready, and God is my witness.
     -- Van, Houston     
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    All you lower specie types out there, you need to be policed in what you can smoke, drink and eat; you need compelled compliance womb to tomb, licensing (especially in your occupation, private / public / business affairs, transportation, ownership, marriage and exterior third party permission of otherwise inalienable rights); you need victimless crimes so foreign tyrants can do what they like to you; you need a slave master to tell you what percentage of the fruit of your labors is going to be forcefully stolen. Ahhh, such is the plea of necessity.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    my least favorite, "Oh, I love Ron Paul. But he will never be elected." A perfect example
     -- abby     
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    This reminds me of a politician trying to get a hare-brained spending bill passed. They almost always say that the people demand it when you can't find a soul that demanded anything.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    One word..."Security" and bye bye Constitution...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
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