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Congress: Chronically Unprepared for National Preparedness Month

Last year, a resolution declaring September 2012 to be “National Preparedness Month” for fighting the War on Terror wasn’t introduced until halfway through September. It didn’t pass the Senate until September 22. In 2010, a resolution declaring National Preparedness Month wasn’t introduced until September 15. The text of the “National Preparedness Month” resolution of 2007 [...]

The Homeland Insecurity Choice: Which Do You Pick?

This past Friday, I’d planned a trip down to Boston, a trip that was halted by the lockdown of the entire city and many of its suburbs. Stuck outside the city with little to do but wait, I made my way to a Newbury Comics store where I found this trio of books for sale:

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In the 631 Days Since National Terrorism Advisory System Started, Not One Terrorist Alert

Under the old color-coded “Terrorism Alert” system, there was always an “elevated” risk of terrorist attack, kind of like Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average. But starting on April 7 2011 a new system was put in place in which the United States Government would put away its general colors and instead [...]

ACLU Joins Push to Stop FISA Surveillance Renewal on the Sly

This week is the last week of the summer in which Congress plans to meet and pass bills. It’s a dangerous week for America because members of Congress know that Americans aren’t paying attention. This is the week when our leaders on Capitol Hill will try to pass laws that would embarrass them if we [...]

Homeland Insecurity Alert! Al Qaeda to attack us with… BEANS

Do you remember when they used to try to scare us with stories about nuclear weapons in suitcases? Did you notice we don’t hear that one any more? These days, the Homeland Security are reaching deep down into their bag of fear stories, so deep that they’ve pulled out this one:

For more than a [...]

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 [...]

Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2010… and it’s not about Terrorism

Big Brother is watching your money, and it’s hardly ever to catch those rascally terrorists.

Passed in 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act lowered the bar for government surveillance of Americans’ financial transactions, and American financial institutions have been deputized to assist. Banks now monitor every financial transaction and pass it through a software program [...]

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, [...]

Use of Patriot Act Sneak-And-Peek Powers for Drug War Further Eclipsed Terrorism Uses in 2009

In a statement on January 26 2011, House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith declared that the extension of Patriot Act surveillance powers is necessary to stop terrorists:

The intelligence and law enforcement communities that are responsible for preventing terrorist attacks need to know that the tools they rely on to keep the American people safe will [...]

Fact Check: Mountaintop Removal Protest Labeled “Terrorist” by PA Homeland Security Was Entirely Peaceful

There’s disturbing news on the Homeland Security front that you may have heard about if you live in the state of Pennsylvania. If you live elsewhere you’re not likely to have heard a word, since wire services and newspapers outside Pennsylvania have neglected to cover it. Regardless of whether you live in Pennsylvania, you should [...]

What Would Be Progress In A War On Terror?

What kind of “progress” with the “war on terror” are we supposed to be making? [...]