21.05.2015 - 07:08 [ Mondo Weiss ]

Maybe next time it’s Arab Americans who will be interned by U.S. gov’t — Rand Paul launches filibuster

I just watched an hour Rand Paul’s filibuster of the Patriot Act, and there have been some inspiring moments.

The senator said that democracies are no inherent safeguard against depredations on people’s rights. He alluded to Nazi Germany as a case where people had elevated fascists. He cited the case of the late Richard Jewell falsely accused of planting bombs at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and said that if Jewell had been black, he would have been killed by a mob.

He said that the people had approved of the internment of the Japanese during World War II, and the denial of the right of habeas corpus to young people just because their grandparent was Japanese. And that could happen again, he said.