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Gore Denounces Bush Administration for Attack on Civil Liberties
AP ^ | 11/9/03 | Jennifer C. Kerr

Posted on 11/09/2003 2:18:30 PM PST by Jean S

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore accused President Bush on Sunday of failing to make the country safer after the Sept. 11 attacks and using the war against terrorism as a pretext to consolidate power.

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America," Gore charged.

Gore, who lost the disputed 2000 presidential election to Bush, said terrorism-fighting tools granted after Sept. 11 amount to a partisan power grab that have led to the erosion of the civil liberties of all Americans.

He was especially critical of the Patriot Act, which expanded government's surveillance and detention power following the terrorist attacks.

Gore chided the administration for what he said was its "implicit assumption" that Americans must give up traditional freedoms in order to be safe from terrorists.

"In my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama bin Laden," Gore said.

His speech before a crowd of about 3,000 people was sponsored by the liberal activist group Moveon.org, which earlier this year held an online presidential primary in which Howard Dean finished first.

The second sponsor, the American Constitution Society, is a national organization of law students, professors, lawyers and others that says it seek to counter what it characterizes as the dominant, narrow conservative vision of American law today.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alwankergore; dingell; lockbox; norwood; patriotact; riskyscheme; whocares
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1 posted on 11/09/2003 2:18:31 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
The Goron rears his ugly head...again.

-Regards, T.
2 posted on 11/09/2003 2:20:02 PM PST by T Lady (Who Let the 'RATS Out?!!)
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To: JeanS
Sour grapes from the mother af dung heaps.
3 posted on 11/09/2003 2:20:35 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (so it is written, so it is done)
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To: JeanS
I tried to watch that weasel on CSPAN earlier....couldn't fend off the waves of nausea....had to switch back to FOXNews.
4 posted on 11/09/2003 2:20:48 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: JeanS
Gore chided the administration for what he said was its "implicit assumption" that Americans must give up traditional freedoms in order to be safe from terrorists.

As opposed to your "not so implicit assumption" that Americans must give up their guns?

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America," Gore charged.

Oh yes it will be like 1984, the 1984 that saw 49 states elect a Republican president over some tax raising leftie. Give it another year and you'll see. :)
5 posted on 11/09/2003 2:23:10 PM PST by nospinzone (What does it say on the bottom of Coke bottles at DU? It says "Open Other End.")
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To: JeanS
Whose civil liberties, exactly? Islamists?

Sorry if I don't shed any tears.

Gore sounds exactly like many posters on FR, unfortunately.

6 posted on 11/09/2003 2:23:51 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: JeanS
"Make every vote count"--- I wish I could make the obnoxious whining sound show in print that Al does so well.
7 posted on 11/09/2003 2:24:17 PM PST by Holly_P
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To: JeanS
I thank God every day that this man is not the President.

Terri
8 posted on 11/09/2003 2:24:19 PM PST by TerriHaute
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To: JeanS
The Democrats are using 911 as a pretext to attack the President.
9 posted on 11/09/2003 2:24:26 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: JeanS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore accused President Bush on Sunday of failing to make the country safer after the Sept. 11 attacks and using the war against terrorism as a pretext to consolidate power.

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America," Gore charged.

This is from the Onion, right?

10 posted on 11/09/2003 2:25:15 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: JeanS
Why does AP consider this to be news?
11 posted on 11/09/2003 2:25:35 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JeanS
Gore chided the administration for what he said was its "implicit assumption" that Americans must give up traditional freedoms in order to be safe from terrorists.

"In my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama bin Laden," Gore said.

Gore's opinion is not worth anymore than any person's on the street.

12 posted on 11/09/2003 2:26:28 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
I keep hearing this but so far I haven't seen any evidence that anyone's civil liberties have been taken away. Is there a list of pending cases anywhere? Thanks.
13 posted on 11/09/2003 2:26:51 PM PST by ShandaLear
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To: JeanS
Oh yeah, "if Algore was president he would have done the same thing that Bush did". I hope now people realize that quotes like this, heard from democrats and liberals, are totally false. If Gore was president, we would all be speaking arabic by now.
14 posted on 11/09/2003 2:27:08 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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To: T Lady
How many RATS voted for the Patriot Act? Hmmmm?
15 posted on 11/09/2003 2:30:19 PM PST by Paulus Invictus (It's alive! It's alive! The Goremonster lives and still speaks drivel!)
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To: JeanS
Gore, who lost the disputed 2000 presidential election to Bush, said terrorism-fighting tools granted after Sept. 11 amount to a partisan power grab that have led to the erosion of the civil liberties of all Americans.

Wasn't the Patriot Act was passed by an overwhelming majority of both parties? Ol' Algore is still lying as usual.

16 posted on 11/09/2003 2:32:03 PM PST by Hugin
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To: anniegetyourgun
Could you imagine if he had won in 2000. Yikes! He'd still be negotiating with that one-eyed Taliban dude for turnover of UBL.
17 posted on 11/09/2003 2:32:13 PM PST by petercooper (Proud member of the VRWC)
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To: Cicero
"Why does AP consider this to be news? "

Because it bashes President Bush! Facts nor substance matter as long as Someone has something negative to say about President Bush.

18 posted on 11/09/2003 2:32:48 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: JeanS
Let me see if I got this straight:

Gore and crew went out of their way to annihilate our Second Amendment RIGHTS (in the name of security, of course), and he's actually got the cojones to accuse Bush of violating civil rights??

Pot -> Kettle -> Black -> Gore.

19 posted on 11/09/2003 2:32:53 PM PST by Prime Choice (The judiciary is supposed to be 1/3rd of the checks and balances; not a special interest trump card.)
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To: TerriHaute
Terri...he probably does too!!!! lol
20 posted on 11/09/2003 2:33:19 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: JeanS
""In my opinion, it makes no more sense ........"

It was precisely because we DON'T CARE what you think, that we didn't vote for your sorry ass...

Even your home state had it figured out... you're a dumb ass moron!

Semper Fi

21 posted on 11/09/2003 2:35:21 PM PST by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: JeanS
sponsored by the liberal activist group Moveon.org

BZZZZZZZZZT! MoveOn is far left of anything "liberal".

22 posted on 11/09/2003 2:37:47 PM PST by Stultis
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To: KC_Conspirator
If Algore was president Sec. of State Strobe Talbot would be returning from his 28th trip to Pakistan to negotiate with the Taliban to extradite Osama bin Laden, noting that the talks were "constructive" and "making progress". Meanwhile the adminstration would be preparing to focus it's efforts on more important issues like finishing the Kyoto II negotiations.
23 posted on 11/09/2003 2:41:01 PM PST by Hugin
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To: JeanS
Al who?
24 posted on 11/09/2003 2:41:09 PM PST by LouD
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To: petercooper
I see we think alike.
25 posted on 11/09/2003 2:42:48 PM PST by Hugin
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To: JeanS
Their claim is based entirely on the theoretical possibility that the law could be abused, not the reality that it has been abused. Of course, that's a possibility, but I am more concerned about winning this war than I am about the theoretical possiblity that someone's liberties could be trampled by Bush. I feel that my liberties have been trampled by terrorists.
26 posted on 11/09/2003 2:44:52 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: JeanS
Why does anyone print what this loser has to say? He has no over riding legal authority over anything, except what buttwipe towels Tipper buys for him for his repeated bouts of diarreah spouting from his oral orifice.

FMCDH

27 posted on 11/09/2003 2:45:35 PM PST by nothingnew (The pendulum is swinging and the Rats are in the pit!)
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To: JeanS; All
His speech before a crowd of about 3,000 people was sponsored by the liberal activist group Moveon.org

Nice to know Al Gore is hanging out with communists/socialist and anti-americans. Apparently the only kind of audience that will list to Al Gore talk.

28 posted on 11/09/2003 2:48:28 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone
list=listen
29 posted on 11/09/2003 2:49:00 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: TerriHaute
I thank God every day that this man is not the President.

Heaven knows I do too.

30 posted on 11/09/2003 2:54:02 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: T Lady
Not to worry. AlGore and MoveOn.org had visitors outside DAR Constitution Hall today.

;-)

The D.C. Chapter held a "public education class" for the lefties who were waiting in line to be strip-searched (almost) and metal-detectored and relieved of their cameras before they could gain entry into the Hall to listen to "Mr. Charisma."

BillF is writing an After-Action Report right now. Stay tuned...

31 posted on 11/09/2003 2:58:06 PM PST by tgslTakoma (Never trust a (D) with national security, your wallet, your life, your wife, daughter, girlfriend...)
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To: JeanS
So, Al-Totem-Pole-Gore; what's YOUR flippin' fix for all of your criticisms of President Bush's policies? You freakin' dolt!
32 posted on 11/09/2003 3:01:04 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: JeanS
Gore didn't even carry his home state because many people rightly feared the erosion of their (2nd Amendment) civil liberties. Probably lost Florida because Reno's stormtroopers crashed in at 3:00 a.m. and took a little orphaned refugee boy away at gunpoint from a caring free community (that the liberal media "cult-ized" to justify the intrusion) to return him to the worker's paradise state where he'd be much better off anyway.
Gore defending my liberties sounds alot like Bubba couching a girls soccer team.
33 posted on 11/09/2003 3:02:49 PM PST by kcar (T)
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To: JeanS
So the Gorebot is accusing the Bush admin of using the Patriot Act as a club against its political enemies, kind of like the way that Hillary used the IRS to audit and harass conservatives for 8 years.

The fact that there is absolutely no evidence of any wrong doing by the Bush admin is no excuse.

yawn
34 posted on 11/09/2003 3:15:37 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: JeanS
If Al Gore wants to crawl into a lockbox and give me the key, I'll close it, lock it, and throw away the key.

I'll even enjoy this evolution while I do it!
35 posted on 11/09/2003 3:38:02 PM PST by montomike (montomike)
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To: Brilliant
"I feel that my liberties have been trampled by terrorists".

Al Gore will never understand your statement, but I do. I definitely feel the same way.
36 posted on 11/09/2003 4:19:12 PM PST by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: Brilliant
There are many many safeguards in the Patriot Act that would prevent american citizens from having their civil liberties abridged.

The left simply ignores the truth and preys on the ignorant.

37 posted on 11/09/2003 4:28:42 PM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
This is from the Onion, right?

You should know they won't let us post their stuff, must be Broken Newz. ;-)

38 posted on 11/09/2003 4:32:41 PM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: JeanS
Oh, this is rich. Gore is real chapped that HE isnt the one taking away our liberties and freedoms!

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America," Gore charged.

And he is not talking about the Democrat Party since, oh, say 1932 ???? Assualt weapons ban and "safer bullets", carnivore, waco, higher taxes, regulating the workplace, RICO (even used against prolife groups!), social engineering in the US military, thoughtcrime on campus, FBI raids on innocents like Richard Jewell, corruption at the highest levels, ... ANY OF THIS RING A BELL, MR GORE???

39 posted on 11/09/2003 5:22:03 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: JeanS
Al who?
40 posted on 11/09/2003 5:24:15 PM PST by Bush2000
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To: Hugin
Another likely Gore/Left policy from 9/11 under Gore:

They would make it a 'hate-crime' to criticize Islam and Mohammed

41 posted on 11/09/2003 5:24:17 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: TC Rider
So the Gorebot is accusing the Bush admin of using the Patriot Act as a club against its political enemies, kind of like the way that Hillary used the IRS to audit and harass conservatives for 8 years. The fact that there is absolutely no evidence of any wrong doing by the Bush admin is no excuse.

You are 100% correct ... but remember, the Left often accuses the enemy of doing what they would do... so the one valid critique of the patriot act is it gives the corrupt Left a powerful tool they will abuse. But my retort is that 'Hitlery' will have plenty of other powerful laws to use should she gain power. Maybe it's a good thing the Patriot Act expires in 2010.

42 posted on 11/09/2003 5:29:45 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: JeanS
Did somebody say, "Attack on civl liberties?"


43 posted on 11/09/2003 5:30:39 PM PST by Nick Danger (With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.)
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To: kcar
Gore didn't even carry his home state because many people rightly feared the erosion of their (2nd Amendment) civil liberties. Probably lost Florida because Reno's stormtroopers crashed in at 3:00 a.m. and took a little orphaned refugee boy away at gunpoint from a caring free community (that the liberal media "cult-ized" to justify the intrusion) to return him to the worker's paradise state where he'd be much better off anyway. Gore defending my liberties sounds alot like Bubba couching a girls soccer team.

Dang, I had my own list of horribles and forgot Elian. What a disgrace that was.

44 posted on 11/09/2003 5:30:58 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: JeanS
The Anti-President, Al Gore, also claimed that the Dixie Chicks have a 1st Amendment right to our wallets.
45 posted on 11/09/2003 5:35:53 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: JeanS

ALGOREJEEZERA

46 posted on 11/09/2003 5:35:55 PM PST by ServesURight (Vikings got blew out by the Chargers yeah!!!)
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To: All
Here is something positive about Mr. Gore. It's about election 2000.

From David Frums Diary, NOV. 19, 2002: GORE SPEAKS, based upon an ABC interview. The words are by Karenna Gore.

He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the ... the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically. And that's really who he is. [end]

Where are the race riots I wondered at the time. The left knows that the media will go after Bush to stop the violence and answer the "will of the people." Gore would be the president. I have to confess I have some respect for Mr. Gore after that.

Who knows how many dead Americans there would have been, how many millions in property damage, how many cities would have erupted but he passed up the Dems' plan to make him president.

Of course now he's back creating "issues" to attack, cut, and destroy President Bush. Mindless liberals will be spluttering about this 1984 thing from now on.

47 posted on 11/09/2003 5:56:30 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael
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To: JeanS
"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America," Gore charged.

"Bush has allowed spying on peaceful organizations who merely have diverse ideas, lied to federal judges, used the military against civilians, used nerve gas outlawed by the Geneva Convention and...oh, wait a minute. Nevermind. That was Waco," algore added.

48 posted on 11/09/2003 5:59:48 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: JeanS
Dear GOD in Heaven .. thank you, thank you, thank you, for protecting us from the presidency of Al Gore.
49 posted on 11/09/2003 6:23:55 PM PST by The Final Harvest
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To: JeanS
"He was especially critical of the Patriot Act, which expanded government's surveillance and detention power following the terrorist attacks. "

As if something nearly identical if not worse wouldn't have been passed if he had been POTUS.
50 posted on 11/09/2003 7:00:30 PM PST by WoofDog123
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