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Recognizing Leviathan

Monday, August 07, 2006

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
~James Madison (letter to W.T. Barry, 4 August 1822)
Feds threaten lawsuit over Verizon probe
By KEVIN WACK Blethen Maine Newspapers
The Bush administration is threatening to sue Maine regulators should they decide to investigate whether Verizon Communications illegally turned over customer information to the National Security Agency.
Verizon customers in Maine have asked the state's Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether the telecom giant violated privacy laws by cooperating with a domestic surveillance program. The PUC is expected to decide Monday whether to open such a probe.
In a July 28 letter to the PUC, the U.S. Department of Justice cites national security as a key reason for its opposition to a state investigation. The seven-page letter suggests that a lawsuit is likely if Maine regulators decide to investigate.
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"...a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both." This, my friends, is despotism staring you in the face. The question is, "Will you recognize it?"


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