Thursday, May 13, 2004

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed an executive order Tuesday officially creating a state Office of Homeland Security. The office is supposed to facilitate the cooperation of local and federal agencies including law enforcement, fire prevention, health and the military in fighting terrorists. This is troubling news to hear in an age when everyone from civil disobedience protesters to teachers unions are being labeled as terrorists and U.S. citizens are being denied constitutional protection when labeled enemy combatants.