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16 September 2006

A friend of mine is really into the so-called “9/11 truth movement,” which posits that there is a big government conspiracy behind the 9/11 attacks, and that it wasn’t really done by Muslim terrorists. Naturally, I was skeptical. He asked me what the terrorists motivation was for the attacks. I began to answer confidently: “They hate us for our freedom.” But even before I finished answering, I realized that it was a totally ludicrous, absurd thing to say, and that it certainly wasn’t true, and that–at best–it was wild, improbable speculation.

And then, the more I thought about it, I started to think about the Patriot Act, and the warrantless wiretapping, and the secret CIA prisons, and the prisoners we’ve been holding for half a decade now without charges, the insistence upon not outlawing torture against unconvicted and uncharged suspects, the re-classification of decades-old unclassified documents, and the new proposed rules allowing conviction of suspects without having the opportunity to confront the evidence against them.

And it suddenly hit me.

It’s Bush and Cheney who hate our freedom.

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