Category Archive: surveillance state

Apr 16 2009

What Goes Around Comes Around

Remember the proverb? Sow the wind, reap the motherfucking whirlwind, suckahs: The right-wing blogs, Fox News, and the usual gang of idiots are all up in arms, so to speak, about a report that was released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently. Glenn Greenwald provides a summary: Right-wing polemicists today are shrieking in …

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Jan 05 2009

This Is Why We Limit Police Powers

One of the common arguments amongst the law-and-order crowd is that we don’t have to worry about giving law enforcement agencies unfettered surveillance powers because they’ll only use them against the guilty. “If you’re innocent, you have nothing to worry about!” some perky authoritarian will chirp. “We can’t tie their hands!” Which sounds great and …

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Nov 17 2008

President-Elect Obama, Report to the Woodshed

This may surprise you all a bit, but I’m no blind supporter of President-Elect Obama. Just visually impaired. But even through the mists of my rose-colored spectacles, I can see when it’s time to take the man out to the woodshed for an intimate discussion with the Smack-o-Matic. This is that time. I discovered part …

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Nov 12 2008

Well, Now. This Could Get Interesting

Seems like our new Administration may have no choice but to uncover and punish the abuses of the previous one: Wired is reporting that a potential army of whistleblowers-in-waiting have been talking to reporters and media outlets saying “call me on January 20th”, the day the White House changes hands. “I’d bet there are a …

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Oct 15 2008

An Urgent Question for Tonight’s Debate

The ACLU sent me an email with an interesting question. I’d dearly love to have the answer to this one: Tomorrow night, at the last debate, one thing we can be sure of is that Barack Obama and John McCain will go out of their way to tell us how much they respect America’s fighting …

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Oct 10 2008

Bush Lied, Abused Surveillance Powers. In Other News, the Sun Rose this Morning

Anyone surprised by this has bounced their reality check: In the most unsurprising revelation imaginable, two former Army Reserve Arab linguists for the National Security Agency have said that they routinely eavesdropped on — “and recorded and transcribed” — the private telephone calls of American citizens who had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. The …

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Aug 14 2008

People Are Dying

Dr. Dawg has an appalling list of people the Department of Homeland Security has all but personally murdered over the last few years. This is what our government is doing to keep us “secure:” Hiu Lui Ng died in agony last Wednesday, under guard in a Rhode Island hospital. He had terminal cancer, which had …

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Jul 24 2008

The Unintended Consequences of Unchecked Warrantless Wiretapping

Kevin Drum has an answer for all of those who dismiss the dangers of the government’s dramatic new warrantless wiretapping powers by believing the same government that brought us torture, unending war in Iraq, unprecidented levels of secrecy and lawlessness, and a slew of politically-motivated hirings, firings and prosecutions will nevertheless confine themselves to only …

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