The US often purports itself to be a land of the free and the liberal but just to what extent does this freedom go to or how far does it stretch. There is a distinct air of contradiction in what a lot of America claims that is stands for and this stretches from the downright mistruth and misinformation to becoming like those whom they have come to villify to the world through their actions abroad. Free speech is protected by the ammendments in their consitution yet things like SOPA or CISPA all seek to undermine that freedom of speech by hitting the little man should he happen to somehow "undermine" the multinational while the Patriot Act means that most communications can be read in the pursuit of terrorism. While claiming that they are the upholders of freedom and liberty as anyone who has seen Brian De Palma's marvellous film "Redacted" or the pictures frm Abu Gharib or Guantanamo Bay know this is anything but the truth, the corridors of power belong but to a very few small select group of men. The freedom of information runs one way, only that in favour of the American government and should anyone cross them (Bradley Manning) then hell hath no furey like the CIA. One of the most galling aspect though is the very likeness to which some of these people have become of the people they intend to villify. Christian fundamentalists are intent on suppressing women, gays and other minorities yet claim that Muslims or those Al-Kihitab (people of the one book) are doing the same yet they fall under the same umbrella.
Europe is by no means a golden boy , far from it but do some of us here in Euope not look on bemused at America with its foreign policies and attitudes? This is not a criticism of the American people but those elected. Is the American nation a land of contradictions?