This great Dilbert cartoon perfectly captures how surveillance breeds distrust. The feds are spying on us left and right, and yet politicians whine that we don’t trust the government. At least not everyone’s a damn fool on that regard. (No – this isn’t the cue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance….)
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Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is a four-star sleazeball. But the feds had their chance to put him away and they failed to convince a jury on all charges except lying to the FBI. This is one of the “crimes” that best illustrates the mirage of the Rule of Law in the U.S. FBI agents […]
The good folks at Antiwar.com Radio added a transcript to the MP3 of last week’s interview. My comments on the Obama administration’s ploy to increase FBI surveillance power are excerpted here at the top. (The full text is below. My Kelly Girl past is now no longer secret). Bovard: National Security letters have already been […]
“If you don’t have control of the population, you can’t secure the population,” according to Brig. Gen. Frederick Hodges, director of operations for the NATO regional command in southern Afghanistan. The front-page Washington Post piece with the above quote deals with Kandahar. But it is also the motto for the U.S. government’s approach to the […]
Scott Horton of Antiwar.com Radio and I had fun tarring-and-feathering the usual federal outrages on Thursday. The MP3 is here. Scott balked at the chance to reveal his deepest thoughts on Chelsea’s wedding. It could have been a great “Bill Hicks moment.” Here’s Scott’s thumbnail of the interview: James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, […]
This 1990 New Yorker cartoon perfectly captures the usual media attitude towards government surveillance in the post-9/11 world. Happily, today’s Washington Post blockbuster does not show the same complacency.
It is unfortunate that few of the nation’s editorial writers have ever understood the FBI as well as Handelsman did within weeks after 9/11…..