Remember FreeRepublic.com? The right-wing web forum for Clinton-hatred, respectable and otherwise? I recently ran across an article, "The Secret FISA Court: Rubber Stamping Our Rights," that somebody posted on FR back in 2000. (Hat tip: Glenn Greenwald.) The comments are precious:
This is beyond frightening. Thank you for this find.
This does not bode well for continued freedom. Franz Kafka would have judged this too wild to fictionalize. But for us - it's real.
And my personal favorite:
Any chance of Bush rolling some of this back? It sounds amazing on its face.
Privacy is a false argument and has been for some time. Your insurance company and the credit bureaus have more on you than the feds do and you can do nothing about it. I would rather be secure knowing that the feds were looking over my shoulder and keeping me safe. I have nothing to hide, and in times of war, these steps are necessary.
There are a few exceptions per comment thread, a few throwbacks to the pre-9/11 Right who think skepticism about power is justified even when the Red Team's in charge. But they're a distinct minority.
Was it September 11th that "changed everything," or Republican takeover of the executive branch? Either way, for the Right, it's a different world indeed.