In the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary, some comparisons are simple. If you’ve been paying any attention at all over the last fourteen years, you know that the USA PATRIOT ACT has been a vehicle to vastly expand the surveillance powers of the federal government,
Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that
When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say.
This inversion in the political culture of the United States is happening at a time when the technology for the creation of a security state has been developed beyond our ancestors’ capacity for imagination. The FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act have resulted in the creation of a ubiquitous surveillance system far more powerful than what George Orwell anticipated in 1948.
Last night I stumbled upon this political cartoon Irregular Times whipped up in criticism of the policies of the Bush administration back in 2001: With a little updating, it’ll be as good as new:
Lest you think that the effort to weaken 4th Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure began with the Protect America Act of 2007 and FISA Amendments Act of 2008, let’s go all the way back to 2001. On September 25, 2001, Deputy Assistant Attorney
Title 10 of the United States Code determines what the U.S. military is allowed to do. This code is very clear. The U.S. military is not allowed to search, seize, arrest, or engage in similar law enforcement activities within the borders of the United States.