How old were you in 1972? It may sound far-fetched to you, but Nixon had a personal "enemies list," and folks who were on it (mainly Democrats, of course) were subjected to all sorts of government harrassment, particularly annual IRS audits. Now we have a "Patriot Act,"according to which the Executive Branch can label anyone a "person of interest" or even "enemy combatant," without judicial oversight, and (s)he is subjected to the sort of harrassment described here (which is relatively mild), or at worst locked up in Gitmo without anyone being the wiser. The potential for abuse is enormous. We've always hoped that it's merely "potential;" this is anecdotal evidence that it may not be!
-- Dave K.
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