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If We’re Not As Secure As We Need To Be, Why Aren’t We Suffering?

Many of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for making American security more strict were not implemented, and then… nothing happened as a result. If we are really not as secure as we could or should be, then how come we’re not suffering the consequences? [...]

Why Fear When You Have Faith?

Many times, fear is exaggerated. However, it isn’t always. In many circumstances, fear is justified, and faith can’t defeat it, as much as it’s nice to think, in comfortable times, that it could. [...]

Supplement the FBI Crime Clock with a few Ticks of your Own

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 [...]

Must-Read: Targeted and Entrapped Report on Manufacturing Terrorist Threats

I strongly suggest you read “Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the ‘Homegrown Threat’ in the United States,” a new report from the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law. The report documents three instances in which government agents approached individuals with no prior involvement in terrorist activities, spent [...]

Obama Embraced Politics Of Fear By Signing Unreformed Patriot Act Extension

Last night, Barack Obama signed another extension of the Patriot Act, once again without any reforms. Are Democratic voters going to just roll over for Obama, and continue to give him their support, even though he has spent his first term defending and extending the political agenda of George W. Bush? [...]

Dianne Feinstein Asks Americans To Sacrifice Liberty For The Sake of Fear

Dianne Feinstein admitted yesterday is that there aren’t any threats. There aren’t any known terrorist plots. All of the government’s spying, here in the U.S.A and around the world, have led to the conclusion that the United States isn’t in any kind of specific danger. [...]

Elevated Means Something Again: Terrorist Threat Level Dropped to Zero

el·e·vat·ed adj. raised up, especially above the ground or above the normal level

– Random House Dictionary

el·e·vat·ed adj. the lowest terrorist threat level during the years of 2001-2010

– George W. Bush Administrative Dictionary

If we’re speaking English, an threat level that’s normal can’t be “elevated.” But during the years of the Bush administration, [...]

What Will Kill us All This Year?

Bird Flu? That’s so 2005.

Swine flu? Two years past the post and no more or less dangerous than regular flu.

Satanic cults? Since 1987, they have gone completely underground, surfacing only on occasion to engage in ritualistic mass torture of algae.

I know that this year’s color is honeysuckle pink, but I have no [...]

Knitting Needles: Fine on a Plane, But not in the halls of Congress

One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe [...]

Aweto USA

The USA is like an aweto. How? [...]

What Will We Do Without Color Alerts?

I’ve just read that the United States government is doing away with color alerts. OK, so we never were at green. But I have to say I’ll miss orange alerts a little bit in my heart. There’ll be nothing left to remind Americans that a constant obsession with fear gets silly after a while. And [...]