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Date Posted: 15:20:58 04/22/03 Tue
Author: Pete
Subject: "What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security. ...
In reply to: Pete 's message, "Something I found interesting." on 14:41:06 04/22/03 Tue


Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, "regretted," that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these "little measures" that no "patriotic German" ( substitute "American") could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head."

Read it and weep. They Thought They Were Free

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