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“If they are innocent they should have nothing to fear” Check #1: Alan Turing

“Innocent people are sure to be spied upon, but if they are innocent they should have nothing to fear.” — Jack McCully, August 4 2014

“If you are innocent you should have nothing to fear and you will most probably not be noticed.” — Myrmidon, February 24 2014

“So this is surveillance! The innocent should […]

King Obama Rules Government Shall Keep Info on Innocent Americans for 5 years

The Washington Post reports that Barack Obama has approved a plan for the U.S. Government to collect information about Americans who are not terrorists and who have no connection to terrorism, then keep it for 10 times longer than under George W. Bush. This is all without a warrant specifying a reasonable suspicion. Which is […]

22 Dead Iraqis aren’t worth 1 Dead American

Do you remember the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001?

Events were canceled out of respect for the dead. People cried in public. The newspapers ran entire sections on the attacks for months. Nations around the world played the Star Spangled Banner and raised the American flag at official ceremonies in respect for […]

Wanna know FBI Domestic Spying Program’s New Name? BITE ME!

And I write that in the nicest way. The FBI admitted two weeks ago that it has been engaging in a newly expanded effort to covertly spy on innocent Americans, but insisted that Americans not call it “spying,” because gosh darn it, “spying” is not a nice word. Words that aren’t nice make the FBI […]

Poll: Spying On Innocents in FBI Operation BITE ME?

You may remember that on Tuesday, we responded to revelations of a newly expanded FBI program of covert surveillance against innocent people — and the FBI’s declaration that they didn’t want this program referred to as “spying” — with a poll. Our poll asks, golly, if we can’t call the FBI spying program a spying […]

Are You Willing to Torture Innocent People To Make You Feel Better?

Four years ago today, smack dab in the middle of the Bush years, a visitor to Irregular Times named Kevin made this remark about allegations that people had been tortured by agents of the U.S. government after being dumped into a system of indefinite detention without charge:

I refuse to apologize for the mistreatment of […]

Interview Transcript: Sarah Palin Won't Call Abortion Clinic Bombers Terrorists

In an interview aired tonight between journalist Brian Williams and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Palin repeatedly refused to define as “terrorists” the people who bombed abortion clinic, firebombed clinics, shot doctors and killed nurses.

When you read this transcript of Palin’s remarks, pay special attention to the way that Sarah Palin relies on […]

Why We Need Habeas Corpus: Dozens to Hundreds of Non-Terrorists Shoved into Guantanamo

This is why America needs habeas corpus.

A McClatchy Newspapers investigation reveals that “dozens and perhaps hundreds of men” have been wrongfully detained at the Guantanamo Bay indefinite detention facility without charge and without the habeas corpus right to challenge the basis for their detention. A review of the cases by McClatchy journalists revealed “fabricated […]

Presumptions of Guilt: If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Everything to Fear

Over at Homeland Stupidity, Michael Hampton does a good job of answering the question: “If you have nothing to hide, then what do you have to fear?” His essay is a long and well-considered one with a number of hyperlinks to information and cases backing him up, but one paragraph of his is the keynote: […]