Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What Have We Become?

For all our ultra-patriotic chest thumping, America has become the home of the afraid.

...the United States has injected hundreds of foreigners without their consent with dangerous mind-altering drugs for trips returning them to their home countries, according to government documents, medical records, and interviews with some of the actual people who were drugged.
These are not terrorists, and this is not part of the shameful practice of extraordinary rendition - these are just people that our immigration officials were deporting to their home countries. And if they didn't want to go - maybe because of the risk of punishment on return or because there was nothing to return to - what then?

...forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includ[ing] dozens of cases in which the "pre-flight cocktail," as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane.
This is what fear has brought us to. Fear and the willful manipulation of that fear by BushCo. and all their collaborators.

Who will hold them - us - accountable?

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