The comparison is that protests against the leadership are normal. And yes, you can protest without death threats. Yes, I can (although I don't protests. The Dutch government takes 5 years to change a law, and they are only allowed to sit for 4 years before election, yeey bureaucracy).
In that case I don't see what your point was or is. Why compare them? Their both on ends on the political spectrum. Also, most were not arrested for disturbing the peace, but death threats.They were commonly displayed at public protests. I support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who threatens our president. The threats all on its own is a federal crime, according to the United States Code. They don't released them quite fast. You can have a protest without calling forth the death of somebody.
But saying almost all arrests were because of the death threads, I don't buy that. I have to read some stuff about that first, but I'll come back to that later. Bedtime first
I don't live in the US, so I don't have a lot to do with the Patriot Act. But a nice example, in 2008, your country had about 2,200 telephone taps (with 300M inhabitants), where my country has 26,425 (with 16M). Personally I have never felt any damage in Free Speech of Privacy, for one small exception. If I say (type) something, I know it can be used against me. But that is my problem with the internet in general, not with the patriot act. I'm not scared for the government either, just for a next boss or something. It just holds me from writing things politically incorrectly. Instead of "X s%cks", I rather write "I don't agree with X on some of his opinions". For over telephone (telephone taps), I just don't care. Never did, never will.
Personally, I think President Bush was evil. The Patriot Act does a great deal of damage to Free Speech, Habeas Corpus, Privacy, pretty much the entire Constitution. Pretty much the Patriot Act gave Bush the same power as the dictator, he just didn't use them.
For Habeas Corpus (and I think you mean, among others, Guantanamo Bay) I fully agree with you. To quote Winston Churchill "You can measure the civilization of a society by the way it treats its prisoners."
I think the Gov't is not the solution to our problems but the whole Gov't is the problem.
The government system is no longer controlled by "we, the people." Instead "of the people, by the people, and for the people," we now have a government "of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats."
I think an anarchy is worse and people are incompetent, so we actually need an government. How the US government operate, I can't tell exactly. However, as I said before, democracy is not the perfect situation. We want that everything which has to be decided, is actually the opinion of many people. But because people can't see the difference between what's good for themselves and what is good for the country, we need the government to balance that. But since everybody votes for "me me me", we get an !@#$ at bureaucracy. Because what is good for me, is not good for you, so we need an bureaucrat to find the best solution for us. We complain if it takes 4 years, but we also complain if it takes 2 days, because you can't have observed every useless detail in 2 days.
I wish I could say the same. But not only the people in my country are stupid, also people in other countries are stupid, and sometimes they need our help
Well good luck with that, we're tired of policing the world. I believe the world can solve their problems without us.