It Can't Happen Here?

The USA PATRIOT Act gives the government a blank check to spy on us, prisoners are being held indefinitely without formal charges, and the Bushies are trying to put a uniformed general in charge of a traditionally civilian agency, the CIA.

In the meantime, a climate of fear and war hysteria is constantly evoked by the semi-official media, and we are told that anyone who questions our policy of perpetual war is aiding and abetting "terrorism."

Do you see a trend here?

It is a frightening trend, one that presages the end of our old Republic and the birth of something entirely new and foreign to American soil: fascism. We face something altogether unprecedented: a regime that, having declared a permanent emergency, is now articulating a legal and political theory that justifies extraordinary abridgements of our liberties in perpetuity.

They can read our e-mails, they can eavesdrop on our conversations, they can spy on dissident groups, and they don't make any bones about it. They claim to be exporting "democracy" and liberty abroad – while, at home, they shrink our liberties. is fighting not only for peace, but also for liberty – but we can't do it without your support. We must make our fundraising goal of $60,000 – or else be forced to make radical cutbacks in our coverage. And you won't like that one bit. When so much is in peril, including what is left of our freedom, it's not a good thing to see's fate hanging precariously in the balance. Your 100% tax-deductible contribution will help make it possible for us to carry on the fight. Make it today – and remember, it can happen here if you don't act now to stop it.

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