â€œAfter September 11, 2001, we Americans learned in dramatic new ways that we were facing a terrifying external threat. We saw it in the carnage in lower Manhattan, but the administration also used a new set of phrases that defined for us a new reality: â€˜Evildoersâ€™ who envied us and hated our freedoms were determined to annihilate us. By October 2001, the USA PATRIOT Actâ€”that in the end, when it became law, topped 400 pagesâ€”rushed through Congress. Lawmakers passed it overwhelminglyâ€”though many said that they had scarcely read it. Some remarked that it would have seemed unpatriotic to resist passing the law.â€ (pg 35)
Chapter 2: Invoke an External and Internal Threat, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0
… the USA PATRIOT Actâ€”that in the end, when it became law, topped 400 pagesâ€”rushed through Congress. Lawmakers passed it overwhelminglyâ€”…
Oh dear oh dear oh dear…this is not true: one lawmaker stood against the tide. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Californiaâ€™s 9th District voted NO on the PATRIOT Act.
Ms. Wolf, you were batting a thousand until page 35, but you havenâ€™t lost me. However, you should flog your fact-checker and the publisher should publicly apologize to Congresswoman Lee.
As for me, Iâ€™m over it. This will be a two part post on Chapter 2, because it has a strong finish.
Spiel redux, but I really mean it: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.