When I was a child in elementary school, we were taught that the big difference between us and The Soviets (later referred to as the Evil Empire) was that the soviets could drag you out of bed in the middle of the night and send you somewhere never to be seen again, whereas we of course had due process that entitled you to have an attorney and all kinds of wonderful, civilized things. Further, we were told, you weren't even free to LEAVE the Soviet Union. If you tried to defect, well, the KGB could take your family and throw them into a prison camp... never to be heard from again. And if you went there, you were watched by the KGB.
Without hammering on Guatanamo = The Gulag, and of course Ted Rall did the eulogy for the Bill of Rights, I'd like to note an article regarding what was, for me, the most absurd part of the whole thing - the concept of "defecting." Will we now have defections from the US?