布什的压迫

布什当局将会在史上留下何种评价?布什当政已经五年,还有三年时间执政,某些答案已经明显。其他一些正在逐渐显现。后一种包括在美国对公民自由的攻击变本加厉,足可以同三十多年前尼克松当局相比。

当然,2001年9月11日恐怖主义攻击以后,公民自由注定要受到损害。纵观美国历史,对国家安全的威胁,无论是真实的还是想象的,都会导致对公民权利的压制,而且,对移民以及其他受到怀疑为外国势力利益工作的人的权利更是如此。

在二十世纪中,有四个阶段对公民自由的侵犯尤其严重。1917年到1919年之间,美国参加第一次世界大战以及战后无政府主义者炸弹攻击后,导致将近两千起联邦起诉、大规模搜捕外国人以及迅速遣返。二战期间,日本进攻美国后,超过12万日裔美国人由于他们的种族而遭到关押,其中包括许多出生在美国的人。

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