I have to say that I find it a little ironic that it was Abraham Lincoln that was chosen for a quote for this thread, considering he did nearly the same thing during his presidency. During the Civil War (in 1861), Lincoln declared a state of martial law and suspended habeas corpus. Then Bush did it again in 2006. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
Do I like it? No. Do I think it's cause to panic, and the beginning of the end for the US? Hardly.
It's true that Lincoln did temporarily suspend Habeas Corpus during a time of civil war. Do I agree with it, no. Does that make Lincoln's words any less true? Hardly.
What we have to remember is that the ultimate authority to detain "terrorists" rests with the president alone. No oversight committee, no council, no jury of your peers. The president alone. And when they come to take away your freedom, they won't have to have any evidence, warrants, or anything. It's like the patriot act on super steroids. They could just say, "Oh, well we suspect you of terrorism," and that's it. No explanation, no proof.. nothing. And you won't even get to tell your side of the story.
This is not the beginning of the end of the US as we have known it. This is just a bigger step towards the end in an ongoing, subversive process. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you'd like. I'm just genuinely concerned and... pissed off about what our government is doing to this country and its people. The Constitution is NOT fundamentally flawed. The politicians who took an oath to uphold and protect it... ARE.
The President took the Oath of Office when he was swore in:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
I wonder if he actually meant to "perverse, attack and deform" the Constitution of the United States? Seems like.
Our congressmen and Senators must also swear an oath:
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
No wonder we can't believe anything else they say...
...How much freedom are we ultimately going to have to give up in the name of "safety"? ....
Here's another quote:
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."