Tuesday, April 10, 2007

american facism: IMPORTANT

from: havecoffeewillwrite.com
Andrew Sullivan links this morning to a post concerning one Walter F. Murphy, proud Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War with 5 years on active duty and 19 years in the reserves. All that time and dedication to his country went down the sewer, however, the moment Murphy disagreed with President George Bush.

“On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press this past Thanksgiving.”

“When I tried to use the curb-side check in at the Sunport, I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list. I was instructed to go inside and talk to a clerk. At this point, I should note that I am not only the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence (emeritus) but also a retired Marine colonel. I fought in the Korean War as a young lieutenant, was wounded, and decorated for heroism. I remained a professional soldier for more than five years and then accepted a commission as a reserve office, serving for an additional 19 years.”

“I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines. One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: “Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that.” I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. “That’ll do it,” the man said.”

This is what we’re being protected from. Not real terrorists who threaten our lives, but political dissenters who exercise the rights guaranteed in our most precious document: our Constitution.

“I have a personal stake here, but so do all Americans who take their political system seriously. Thus I hope you and your colleagues will take some positive action to bring the Administration’s conduct to the attention of a far larger, and more influential, audience than I could hope to reach. “

I’ve done my small part here. Pass it forward.

Comment by Michael

I think I’ll pass this along and post a link to this in my blog. Thank you for sharing this.

Comment by Jeff Hess

Shalom Michael,

You’re very welcome. And thank you for passing it forward.



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