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Trust Tucked Into My Sneakers

People had the opportunity to steal vital and valuable items from me while I stood in the waves. No one took the opportunity. […]

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. […]

Vlad The Impaler for President 2012

If we’re doing the Homeland Security thing, we need a leader who will do whatever it takes to protect the homeland – including lining up America’s impaled enemies on stakes outside the White House, and drinking the warm blood of terrorists as it surges out of their ripped necks. […]

Americans Elect Data Dump Reveals Campus Leaders are 76% Male

The Americans Elect corporation has made a pretty interesting release of a Google map of its “Campus Leaders” tasked with organizing students to participate in the nation’s first ever privatized online presidential nomination, taking place in just 110 days’ time. It’s interesting for two reasons:

1. Inadvertently or on purpose, Americans Elect has released data […]

Contrary to Leader’s Maxim, Americans Elect Remains Closed Off from Citizens

“If the cost of a movement based on persuasion rather than coercion is occasional freelance action, by impetuous followers, the larger benefit is a movement that distributes initiative to its farthest outpost. Movements that expect people to take the personal risks inherent in nonviolent action have no alternative; they have to become what they want […]

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 […]

What Should We Call the TSA Warrantless Scan and Patdown Procedure?

Referring to the Transportation Security Agency’s “program of naked body scans and bodily invasive patdowns without a warrant” is a bit cumbersome. There’s got to be a name we can call the TSA airport search escalation that’s catchy, quick and evocative of something nasty. What should it be?

Why Are Letters To Congress Still Being Delayed For Weeks?

Mail to our senators and representatives is being subjected to weeks of extra screening, as if an anthrax attack is likely at any time. […]

Another Orange Day with Billions Down the Hole

Another day out of thousands on Orange Alert. Another day without a terrorist attack. Another day with billions of dollars spent to herd people like cows. Another day with agents of the state watching your moves and your words.

To the agent looking for words describing a Homeland Security threat, let me offer a few […]

Door To Justice Closed By Homeland Insecurity

the Supreme Court’s new motto: A Secure, Reinforced Area To Screen For Weapons, Explosives, And Chemical And Biological Hazards […]

The Need to Feel Safe is a Bottomless Pit

A letter-writer responds to someone who suggests cutting the military budget to better satisfy “domestic needs”:

Personally, I have a domestic need, as most other people do, to feel safe within my own country, unafraid of attack from without – and filling that need is not without cost.

Too right that is. According to the […]