Maybe you saw the story. A young, recently married couple from Mississippi was arrested yesterday and today they are looking at 20 years in prison for no other reason than the fact they do not worship the Socialist Democracy of Amerika. According to the Associated Press, "A young Mississippi couple who is charged with attempting to join the Islamic State was ordered held without bail Tuesday, pending federal grand jury action on the charges....Twenty year old Jaelyn Delshaun Young and 22 year old Muhammad Dakhlala were arrested at a Mississippi airport just before boarding a flight with tickets bound for Istanbul." The judge presiding over their initial hearing denied them bail "saying that even though the pair have never been in trouble with the law she believed their desire to commit terrorism was 'probably still there.'"
Did you catch that? Here we have a case in which a couple has been arrested not for what they have done but for what the judge and the FBI think they might do in the future. The judge did not release them on bail and argued that their arrest was a moral and constitutional action for no other reason than her belief that the couple might want to "commit terrorism," whatever that means. The prosecutors in the case had urged the judge to deny bail because "handwritten farewell letters they left for their families said they would never return." I ask you, how can a couple be accused of wanting to commit terrorist acts against the SDA while, at the same time, be arrested because they left notes informing their family members they would never return to the SDA? I guess logical consistency has nothing to do with the judicial process in this immoral land.
The SDA Attorney prosecuting them said, "They do not need a gun to do harm, they don't meet military training to do harm. What they need is a violent, extremist ideology, and that's exactly what they have espoused." Did you get that? The prosecuting attorney believes they are guilty of a crime because of their beliefs about the relationship of Islam to the SDA. The FBI believes this couple has committed a crime simply because of their political beliefs. The couple was arrested on the grounds that they were "attempting and conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist group, a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison." What did their conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group consist of? The mere fact that they purchased airline tickets to Istanbul and wrote letters to their family members informing them they would never return to the SDA.
I have to ask these questions. What does any of this have to do with national security? How in the world can this couple be considered a threat to the lives and property of SDA citizens? The couple was attempting to leave the SDA and had no intention of returning. How can that constitute a threat to do harm to SDA citizens? The FBI's entire case against the couple is grounded upon their beliefs about the relationship of Islam to the SDA. The prosecutor agreed that the couple had no weapons, nor did they have any military training. All the couple is guilty of is believing that the SDA is oppressing Islamic nations and people in the Middle East, an objectively accurate and readily provable fact. Millions of people around the world share the belief of this couple. But because this couple had the misfortune of being citizens of the SDA they are not permitted to hold a political opinion shared by millions of rational human beings around the world. They had to be arrested for their thought crime.
Where in the Constitution of the SDA does it say that the federal government has the right to arrest and imprison the citizens of this country for expressing a political opinion about the behavior of the military in the Middle East that goes contrary to what our King and his servants command us to believe? Where does it say it is a crime to go to the Middle East to aid those people they truly and accurately believe are being starved, maimed and murdered by the SDA military? I can hear the response of right-wing fanatics ringing in my one good ear. They are screaming, "They were going to join the enemy. They are traitors and they should be executed for their crime!" To that illogical assertion I ask, where in the Constitution does it say that it is illegal for a citizen of this country to expatriate? I have heard right-wing zealots scream hundreds of times that "this is Amerika and if you don't love it you should leave it" but when someone actually tries to do that they are arrested and imprisoned for 20 years. Does this make sense to anyone but a rabidly insane lover of the government and the military?
This case is important because it dramatically illustrates what the people who rule over us have become. We, as citizens of the SDA, are expected to arrange our personal thoughts and opinions in such a way as to make them agree with what our rulers tell us to believe. Those who refuse to do so, even if they try to leave the country to live consistently with their beliefs, are deemed evil criminals in need of punishment. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 1984 in all of its horrific glory. We have arrived.