Mass Immigration + Feckless Feds = Anarcho-Tyranny

Soon after the terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11, the Bush administration came up with a
mammoth piece of legislation fetchingly entitled the

which was a cute little acronym for

"Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing
Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct
 It sounds like something from an

Ian Fleming
novel, but really it`s more like


The law authorized vast new powers
for the federal government to investigate, arrest and
generally snoop into the private lives of alleged
terrorists. Many congressmen who voted for it

never bothered
(or managed) to read the law through,
and just how much power it gives the leviathan state
over its citizens is still unclear.

Nevertheless, the Bush
administration now wants to expand it.

Not surprisingly, a good many
people on the political left have

to the new legislation, which is
considerably less fetchingly known simply as the
Domestic Security Enhancement Act, but perhaps more
surprisingly, so have several on the political
right—among them former Rep. Bob Barr, the

American Conservative Union,
[Click for

of ACU, ACLU, and
Eagle Forum panel]
and Phyllis Schlafly`s

Eagle Forum
, among others. (The neo-conservative
Likudniks and their

pet puppies
at ex-conservative organs like
National Review
are conspicuous by their silence.)

The general conservative
objection, voiced by Mr. Barr, is that the bill is
simply one more titanic expansion of government power.
"Already, government investigative powers have been
dramatically expanded,"
the former Georgia
congressman told the press. "Already, intelligence is
working under the flawed premise that to get the bad
guys you need to spy unmercifully on the good guys."

[GOP Calls For Wider Powers To
Track Citizens|Critics Rip Bid To Make Patriot Act

Charles Pope, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,

April 11, 2003]

Mr. Barr`s words are almost a
definition of the system of government I have

"anarcho-tyranny": a combination of

(in which legitimate government
functions—like spying on the bad guys or punishing real
criminals—are not performed) and tyranny (in which
government performs illegitimate functions—like spying
on the good guys or criminalizing innocent conduct like

gun ownership

political dissent

The result of anarcho-tyranny is
that government swells in power,

are not controlled, and law-abiding
citizens wind up being

by the state and

by thugs.

Yet some conservatives are fully
on board with granting the government all the power it

Senator Orrin Hatch,
for instance, chairman of the
Senate Judiciary Committee, is all for extending the
original Patriot Act by making its provisions

. The act as passed contains a provision
that would terminate it in 2005. Mr. Hatch wants to
amend the law by removing that clause and thereby
perpetuate the Patriot Act.

Defenders of the act and the new
proposals argue that the government needs them to fight

, and certainly there are

out there to fight. Critics, including
the ACLU, say the definition of terrorism in the new law
would cover various non-violent

political dissenters
, right and left.

But what nobody seems to grasp is
that the only terrorism we really have to fear comes
from our refusal to

control immigration.

The terrorism is most likely to
come from the Middle East, yet the government has done

absolutely nothing
since the attacks to reduce
immigration and not much to control

illegal crossings
of the

. There have been some efforts to crack down
on the latter, but the number of illegals entering the
country is as high now as it was before the attacks.

There is no name, let alone a
clever acronym, for the system of government that now
seems to be evolving, in which we ignore the major and
most obvious threat to national and internal

sieve-like border,
through which virtually any
criminal or crackpot on the planet can pass—and instead
start restricting the constitutional liberties of
American citizens.

But it`s clearly one more
installment of anarcho-tyranny—in this case, the anarchy
comes from thugs who are immigrant criminals and
terrorists, while the tyranny comes from the usual
suspect—the federal government.

Aside from some very radical
alterations in our foreign policy, which has merely
created enemies out of friendly or neutral Arabs, the
single most effective measure the government could take
against terrorist threats inside this country is to halt
all immigration at once,

throw out
the illegal aliens who are here, and take
a harder look at a good many immigrants who may have
come here legally but for purposes not exactly pacific.

Yet in the year and a half that
has passed since the Sept. 11

, there has been not the slightest indication
that the government has even considered that elementary
step or plans to.

Instead, it prefers to erode the
freedom of Americans while aliens, terrorist or not,
cross the border freely.

It makes you wonder which is the
bigger threat to our lives and our liberties—foreign
terrorists or our own government.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control