The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:
One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 […]
A nod of the nose to Tom and a serious tip of the pen to Charlie Savage of the New York Times for reporting that FBI agents are about to be unleashed to search through the trash and other belongings of people with no suspicion (much less probable cause to believe) that they have done […]
They say it’s about “aliens.” That’s the sort of thing they always say. Dig deeper and you’ll find it’s about all of us.
On the first day of the 112th Congress, Republican congressman David Dreier introduced H.R. 98, a bill he calls the “Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act of 2011.” But the […]
In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal […]
UPDATE, 12/15/2010: Thanks to the resourceful Ross, we know now that this protest has been postponed and will probably happen some time later this year.
In a handful of places on the web there’s a banner announcing a protest in Washington DC on January 15 against FBI intimidation of anti-war activists:
If this event […]
Take a tally! Look at what I promised during the campaign. There’s not a single thing that I’ve said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven’t gotten it done yet, I’m still trying to do it.
— President Barack Obama, December 7 2010
It’s just as possible for anti-war activists to commit crimes as anyone else, but FBI searches and seizures of items as odd as a child’s drawing and a Martin Luther King poster from anti-war activists this week in Minnesota and Illinois have undeniably roused a moribund peace movement back into high gear. United for Peace […]
It sounds absurd, the idea that anti-war activists could provide material support of terrorism, but a closer look at the Anti-War Committee, however, reveals that the organization isn’t necessarily pacifist. […]
In policy debates, knowledge is power. It is impossible to determine whether a problem exists in the implementation of a government program if the government won’t release information about the execution of that program. While the Obama administration is asking Americans to let the FBI continue three Patriot Act programs — sneak and peek searches, […]