Then They Came For Me (2012)Submitted by marvinhutchison on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 22:15
Then They Came For Me (2012)
Adapted from the original (First they came...) by Rev. Martin Niemoller (1937).
First they came for the pot smokers, illegally searching and seizing contraband from their private automobiles at these so called “License Check Points,” by non uniformed, military fatigue wearing police officers, who used threats and coercions to obtain permission to search. But I said nothing, because I'm not an illegal drug user!
Then they began to use warrantless wire taps and video surveillance, and warrantless searches, under the guise of “Homeland Security,” in order to indefinitely detain foreign individuals from around the world who were suspected of being “Terrorists” or “Enemy Combatants.” Then they housed them in places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in order to deny them the right to a speedy trail by jury as required under our Constitution. But I said nothing, because I was a Natural Born Citizen of the United States, and I hated the terrorists also!
And when they continued to send more and more of our young American soldiers overseas to fight in the never ending “War on Terror,” even after we had fought for 10 years and lost more than 8,500 American lives, and suffered more than 40,000 critically wounded, who would be disabled the rest of their lives, I said nothing, because let's face it, the main-stream media had lost interest, and stopped reporting on it years ago!
And when they came down against the “Social Media” outlets, and websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, with the heavy hand of government, thus forcing them to release the private social interactions between their millions of members, and these websites caved under the pressure and began releasing information of a highly personal nature, I said nothing because, the way I looked at it, I never said anything online I worried about others reading anyway!
Then, under the new “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA) they took away the First Amendment “Right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances,” and began arresting American Citizens, and detaining them as enemy combatants, and terrorist sympathizers who openly spoke out against any government mandates or policy, again I said nothing, because I wasn't some kind of 60's type hippy radical who marches on Washington DC, protesting, toting signs and singing Kum Ba Yah songs, so this would never effect me!
Then they came for me. Being falsely accused, I was thrown into jail without a trial, I was never given the right to speak with an attorney, never given the opportunity to face my accusers, or defend myself of the false allegations against me. All I could do was wait, wait for someone to come to my rescue, someone to stand up for my rights, someone to protest my innocence, and false imprisonment.......But by then, there was no one left!
Written By An American Patriot With Tear Filled Eyes