September 16, 2004

Powell and Russia

Powell: Russia Pulling Back on Democratic Reform Just a quick thought. I found this position interesting coming from the U.S. They claim that in light of the terrorist attacks taking place in Russia, that the Russian government has begun to take steps to make "sweeping political changes to fight terrorism". The U.S., after September 11th, passed a bill called the Patriot Act. This act essentially allowed the government and law enforcement agencies to override constitutional liberties of the public. The rationale is that it is necessary to be over look some rights of the people in order to better fight terrorism. This Act has been followed by the proposal of the Patriot Act II that essentially builds upon the first Act but extends the allowance of the government's and law agencies' ability to ignore essential rights of the public. This is why it is fascinating to me that the American government would be concerned about the rights of Russians when they are not overly concerned with the rights of their own people.

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