July 31, 2007

Oxymoron of the week

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:15 pm by Chris

Secret \Se”cret\, a. [F. secret (cf. Sp. & Pg. secreto, It.
secreto, segreto), fr. L. secretus, p. p. of secernere to put
apart, to separate. See {Certain}, and cf. {Secrete},
{Secern}.]
1. Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a
secret vow.
[1913 Webster]

2. Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in
retirement or secrecy; secluded.
[1913 Webster]

Police \Po*lice”\, n. [F., fr. L. politia the condition of a
state, government, administration, Gr. ?, fr. ? to be a
citizen, to govern or administer a state, fr. ? citizen, fr.
? city; akin to Skr. pur, puri. Cf. {Policy} polity,
{Polity}.]
1. A judicial and executive system, for the government of a
city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights,
order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement
of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of
the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or
borough.
[1913 Webster]

Secret police. An oxymoron of hate and fear. To go with secret
evidence, and decisions made in secret, and lives turned upside-down
at the whim of a political hack who “by law” need never give any
account of, or reason for, his actions. Symptomatic of the casual
overturning of civil rights won by brutal struggle over many, many,
painful years. Of a population too easily lead and bovinely complacent
to worry about things that don’t immediately concern them. Yes, I am
deeply disturbed by all of this.

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