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Fact Check Update: is Lewiston, Maine Crime-Ridden since the 2001 arrival of Somali Immigrants?

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 Somalis had brought crime to Lewiston against the observed crime […]

Fact Check: is Lewiston, Maine riddled with Crime since Somali Immigrants Came to Town?

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. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:

Madeleine, […]

Security Culture Blow To Freedom Culture Began Before September 2001

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. […]

Change the Names and it’s 2001 All Over Again

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:

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John Yoo (And Clinton Too): Constitution, Schmonstitution. We've Got Deference!

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 General John Yoo wrote a memo, a memo released to […]

US Law Outlaws Bush’s Domestic Military Operations

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. […]