December 28, 2005
By All Means, Monitor My
September 11, elements of the American Left have claimed to be fighting
for my rights. At first, they tended to include organizations such as
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a collection of irrational
idealists taken seriously only by the tyrannical half of our country’s
judiciary system. More recently, however, the hardnosed civil
libertarians’ ranks have been joined by a slightly more mainstream
faction of the American Left: Congressional Democrats.
the minor detail about America being engaged in a global war on terror
on which its survival is wholly dependent, the Left has taken it upon
itself to stand up for the privacy of all Arabs and Muslims in the
United States. This campaign would certainly be a noble one had it not
been the case that all nineteen 9/11 hijackers, as well as most
terrorists engaged in an anti-American struggle around the world, are in
fact Arab, Muslim, or both.
truly striking, however, is that not only did I not ask for the Left’s
protection from the imaginary assault on my rights by the “evil” U.S.
government, but I in fact am offended (as much as I dislike the use of
this word) that they are using me for their political gain and invented
righteousness. What they do not understand is that as a young male Arab
immigrant, and as an American patriot, I fully expect the government of
the United States to have the right to take any and all appropriate
measures to ensure my security. Anything less, and I would consider the
Bush administration a betrayer of its duties to protect its
knowingly for the most part, is working against the interests of the
nation, and by extension, against mine as well. As difficult as this may
be for the ACLU to understand, I really have little problem with
intelligence agents finding out that I checked out the latest Harry
Potter book from the local library if such flexible
intelligence-gathering abilities would prevent a Boeing 787 from flying
into my office building.
Americans and Muslim Americans are Americans. If they have to take one
for the team, it should be their proud duty to do so. It must be noted
that what they are facing is in no way near what patriotic Japanese
Americans had to deal with during World War II. While tens of thousands
of innocent civilians were interned in relocation camps in that
conflict, the sacrifice demanded from Arab and Muslim Americans today is
extraordinarily less significant. Agents from the intelligence community
are only targeting suspected terrorists, and as such, an extremely
minute proportion of innocent civilians would have, say, their
conversations about grocery shopping monitored. What a catastrophic
stain on America’s human rights record!
accept the risk of letting the U.S. government know what brand of hummus
I am purchasing, if such an inconvenience is part of intelligence
procedures that will ensure the survival of the greatest nation in the
planet’s history. Democrats, however, must stop misleading Americans
about the nature of the Patriot Act provisions, the renewal of which
they have taken upon themselves to block. The Patriot Act allows such
actions as wiretaps on the phones of suspected terrorists, and secret
searches of their library and business records. It does not allow
internment of civilians in the Midwest or torture akin to that of the
Nazis or the Soviets, as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin believes America
is guilty of doing.
In light of
the New York Times’ recent story on President Bush authorizing wiretaps
without judicial warrants, Democrats should also remind Americans that
their beloved Clinton administration claimed the right to violate at
least as many civil liberties during its tenure. Clinton’s Deputy
Attorney General Jamie Gorelick insisted, “The Department of Justice
believes -- and the case law supports -- that the president has inherent
authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign
intelligence purposes.” The current fuss, therefore, is clearly nothing
more than an ideological and partisan approach to undermine the Bush
to preserve the Patriot Act, and as is apparent in their unjustifiable
alarm about the Bush administration’s secret but valuable wiretaps, the
Democrats are using civilians such as myself to further their agenda. In
doing so, they are threatening the country’s security, and damaging my
image and many other Arab Americans’ images by casting us as a
self-victimized minority that is unwilling to cooperate with the U.S.
government in order to save ourselves and others.
behavior must stop. It is evident that the Democrats are endangering
national security for partisan purposes. I want no part of it. I love my
country, and by God, I expect a wiretap on my phone if that’s what it
takes to save it.
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