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Here is Sen. Durbin's disturbing response, showing his strict obedience to the neo con hierarchy:
"I share your interest in protecting our civil liberties, and I am committed to preserving our freedoms during war and peace. We must not forget the painful lessons we learned in the past when we sacrificed liberty in the name of security. We should never again repeat past mistakes the government has made, including the internment mandates of World War II and the wide-ranging investigations of the McCarthy era.
"Congress responded promptly to the attacks on September 11th by crafting bipartisan anti-terrorism legislation called the USA PATRIOT Act. I supported this legislation because it addressed gaps in our laws that have unnecessarily hindered law enforcement efforts against terrorists and other criminals. The bill updated wiretap and electronic surveillance laws that had been unchanged since the era of rotary telephones. This bill also provided authorization to hire more FBI translators, to triple the number of agents along our northern border, and to provide assistance to crime victims and to the families of fallen public safety officers."
"We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries."