Monday, September 15, 2003

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely*:
Federal prosecutors used the [patriot] act in June to file a charge of 'terrorism using a weapon of mass destruction' against a California man after a pipe bomb exploded in his lap, wounding him as he sat in his car [I guess he terrorized his own private parts?].
A North Carolina county prosecutor charged a man accused of running a methamphetamine lab with breaking a new state law barring the manufacture of chemical weapons [Meth a weapon? 'Stand back, or I'll force you to be hyper by making you take this meth!']. If convicted, Martin Dwayne Miller could get 12 years to life in prison for a crime that usually brings about six months
Um, I think that isn't exactly in the spirit of that law (from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).
* 'Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern.   Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely' (Lord Acton).

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