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May 31, 2006 | bpfna
I saw a disturbing parallel between its review of Germany’s movement toward fascism and the events of our own time in our own nation. The film highlighted the following about actions taken by Germany as it moved on its tragic path:
1. Changes in the law were made incrementally, a step at a time.
2. Drastic actions were taken within an atmosphere of fear of an enemy, often out of a passionate love for country and in the name of national security.
3. Those taking these actions sometimes viewed them as unfortunate, but necessary, and only as a passing phase.
4. Arrests were authorized by the Chancellor for persons against whom no charges would be brought and whose imprisonment would be of indefinite length.
5. Some citizens refused to believe documented reports about the abuses of their government.
6. Some defendants said their actions were taken as a means of protecting cherished values.
7. One official stated, concerning his own participation in these acts, "I never dreamed it would come to this."
My unease, after viewing this 25-year-old film, was heightened when I read in the New York Times about the Presidential "signing statements" issued when bills were signed into law. Seven hundred and fifty times, the present President has issued such statements which indicate he does not intend to carry out or enforce any part of the new law he deems to be against national security interests!
Dale K. Edmondson
San Leandro, CA
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