pat·sy [pat-see] noun – a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker. a person upon whom the blame for something falls; scapegoat; fall guy. a person who is the object of a joke, ridicule, or the like.
On February 27, 1933 The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down.
A Dutch bricklayer named Marinus van der Lubbe is found at the scene and subsequently charged with arson. [He is later found guilty and executed].
February 28, 1933 President Hindenburg and Chancellor Hitler invoke Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which permits the suspension of civil liberties in time of national emergency.
Who Did It?
Regardless of who actually planned and executed the fire, it is clear that the Nazis immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their cause at the expense of civil rights.
The events of September 11, 2001 occur. The United States government attests 19 hijackers to be responsible for carrying out the attacks.
On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, the USA Patriot Act, which permits the suspension of civil liberties in time of national emergency.
Who Did It?
Regardless of who actually planned and executed the attacks, it is clear that the United States immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their cause at the expense of civil rights. Read More
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” — Benjamin Franklin