March 3rd, 2005

b/g - in the library

are people up in arms about this new police state thing, or did i just miss it?

First I heard this report on NPR that totally freaked me out. These poor people are put in ankle bracelets becuase they're applying for residency in the US. And then I went to talkleft and found out that I'm not the only one crying foul:

Homeland Security is requiring immigrants in 8 cities who are in the process of applying for residency to wear electronic monitoring ankle bracelets 24/7.

These people have never been accused of a crime. There are 1,700 of them to date. Homeland Security says monitoring will prevent those ordered deported from running and hiding. But, a 2003 Justice Department report blamed inadequate record keeping by immigration officials as the reason for problems deporting non-detained aliens.

Why are Americans so apathetic about this?
[full entry at talkleft]

And I second the thought. Why are Americans so apathetic about this? We're putting people in chains for applying or appealing their applications to join the US. Is it really because we don't believe the government wouldn't stoop to using the same tactics on US citizens? Because I seriously doubt the current administration would hesitate. Pretty soon we'll all be criminals. With little dohickeys around our ankles instead of a hangman's noose around our necks.