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Thursday, January 14,2010

Counterfeit conservatives

By Jim Hightower

You would think that leading conservatives in our country would be, you know … conservative. As in being very opposed to letting government authorities intrude into people’s privacy and personal liberties.

Yet, we’ve been treated recently to the spectacle of many so-called conservatives up on their hind legs, howling that every single person in America who travels on airplanes must suspend their constitutional protection against unreasonable government searches and submit to an invasive scrutiny of their bodies by government agents.

One of these is former homeland security chief Michael Chertoff. He’s demanding that airports install full-body scanners that see through our clothing, allowing airport screeners to view our nakedness. This virtual strip search would not be limited to suspicious passengers, but would apply to all of us, to every one of the men, women and — yes — children who book a flight.

Chertoff imperiously dismissed any objection to such a sweeping assault on our rights, referring to objectors as “privacy ideologues.” Yeah, Mike, ideologues like Jefferson and Madison.

Worse is retired general Thomas McInerney, who struts around on Fox-TV as a military analyst. A longtime shill for Pentagon hawks, McInerney recently waded into the treacherous waters of racial and religious profiling. He declared that our government should henceforth consider every American Muslim to be a terrorist and should target all young Muslim men for physical friskings whenever they travel on an airline. The Constitution be damned, he said — “If you are an 18- to 28-year-old Muslim man, then you should be strip-searched.”

Welcome to the friendly skies of these “liberticides.”

What’s a liberticide? It’s a counterfeit conservative who is eager to destroy America’s liberties, while professing to be protecting America.

Jim Hightower will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Mercury Café in Denver and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Boulder Unity Church, with proceeds benefiting KGNU Community Radio. Tickets are $10 for KGNU Listener Members and $15 for the general public. For more information, call KGNU at 303-449-4885.

For more information on Jim Hightower’s work — and to subscribe to his award-winning monthly newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown — visit www.jimhightower.com.

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