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Americans Give Up Freedoms to Defend Liberty

Responding to the threats facing America's free democratic system, White House officials called upon Americans to stop exercising their democratic freedoms Monday.
"It is urgent that all Americans be quiet, stop asking questions, accept the orders of authorities, and let us get on with the important work of defending liberty, so that America can continue to be a beacon of freedom to all the world," said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

homepage: homepage: http://www.theonion.com/onion3736/freedoms_curtailed.html

The Onion is a Satirical Magazine 11.Oct.2001 00:43

Douglas Lain doug@douglaslain.f2s.com

You need to watch your sources and read carefully. If I didn't know of the Onion already and read the above quote without following the link I might not get the fact that this is a PARODY and not literally true.

"real" funny! /ACLU link to fax your Senators 11.Oct.2001 03:00

Dance Dancing@theedgeoftheknown.com

Thanks, Douglas, for your clarification. One of the things we are reminded anew in these times, OR which we must remind ourselves anew especially in these times, is that we should always watch our sources - especially on the Internet - and, if we make any assumptions, realize that's what we are doing and label them as such for others.

As for the "quote" of Rumsfeld (and the link to the Onion that also "quotes" Ashcroft), what would probably be more striking would be the REAL quote from Ashcroft around Sept. 26 when he declared committment to civil liberties (which led me to think, "At least we haven't yet gotten beyond the point where they think they should give the Constitution lip service.") juxtaposed with his Oct. 3 statement complaining that Congress isn't acting fast enough to pass his unconstitutional, draconian (not his description) measures.

To send a quick and easy fax, courtesy of the ACLU, to your U.S. senators on S. 1510 "Uniting and Strenghthening America (USA) Act" (no kidding; that's the title), go to  http://www.aclu.org/action/usa107.html

The Truths of Parody 11.Oct.2001 08:28

Jonathan Swift

Yes, THE ONION is a satirical weekly, and anyone with a shotglass's worth of brains could have figured that out by the article's headline alone. Still, thanks to all those clever media watchdogs who pointed out that this article is not "real."

But, you know, sometimes satire and parody tells things you that are absolutely true. This jokey article tells more truth than any CNN or Fox News report in the last month on the P.A.T.R.I.O.T./U.S.A. anti-civil liberty legislation. There is more to agitational propaganda than invectives of guilt and moral superiority.

Shotglass Full 11.Oct.2001 22:57

Douglas Lain doug@douglaslain.f2s.com

I may not have much more than a "shotglass" sized brain, but when I first encountered this quote it took me a moment to ascertain that it was a parody.

The scary truth is that the government really is talking about "defending liberty" while they work to take away our civil rights. The headline "Americans give up freedoms to defend liberty" is ironic, sure, but it also could be the headline to an opinion piece that accurately quotes Ashcroft or Rumsfield or Bush. And Rumsfield's quote from the Onion isn't obviously a parody, at least not to stupid people like me, because of the absurd context we're living in.