Thoughts on The Homeland Security Act

And so it passed last week. The Congress of the United States has created an American version of the Gestapo, (via the “Homeland
Security Act”) and therein given the victory to the 9/11 terrorists. Congratulations to Al Quieda and Mr. Bin Ladan. You won.

And my condolences to all our Veterans from all our wars, both living and dead. With this Act, your sacrifices, even your lives were wasted.
We just gave away everything you fought for.

<sigh>

What to do? Now that every internet, phone, credit card, etc., communication or transaction is now being recorded by the government,
I say “let it all hang out.”

Go ahead, visit your left wing sites, your Pagan sites, whatever other sites our fundy-xtian controlled Gestopo doesn’t approve of. Maybe it
will send them a message: there are a lot more of us than there are of you. Of course they want us to shut up and go underground, and that
is exactly what we must not do. Maybe we should stop using online aliases and start using our real names too.

We’ve been living in fear for too long. We Pagans fear for our jobs and sometimes for our lives and for our families lives. We’ve been
specifically NOT exercising our basic freedoms. Under this new law, it just doesn’t matter anymore. So, let it all hang out. Say whatever you
want to whomever you want. Write that Letter to the Editor you’ve thought about writing but never have. Put those bumper stickers on
your car you’ve always admired but have feared to because “what would the boss say?” While you’re at it go ahead and organize that Union
your workplace desperately needs.

You no longer have anything to lose.

Even before the passage of the “Gestapo,” er, I mean, “Homeland Security Act,” Ashcroft was calling for the building of Internment
Camps (presumably for the Arab-American and Muslim population, but I’m sure there will be plenty of room for all the Pagans, Gays, Lesbians,
Polyamorists, Nudists, Jews, Greens, Socialists, members of the ACLU, People For the American Way, National Abortion Rights League, NOW, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

Joke ’em if they can’t take a fuck.

Posted 2002 November 26