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Los Angeles Times: TSA Secret Watchlist Targets Troublesome Travelers

Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2018 After pointlessly groping countless Americans, the TSA is keeping a secret watchlist of those who fight back by James Bovard “I need a witness!” exclaimed the security screener at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Because I had forgotten to remove my belt before going through a scanner, he explained, I […]

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FFF: Guilt by Musical Association

Future of Freedom Foundation Guilt by Musical Association by James Bovard February 9, 2018 Should the feds be permitted to treat anyone who is not a choirboy like a criminal suspect? Unfortunately, local, state, and federal agencies have a long history of targeting, harassing, and entrapping fans of untraditional music. Because so many innocuous activities […]

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FFF: Homeland Security Multibillion Dollar Comedy Show

 Future of Freedom Foundation Homeland Security’s Multibillion-Dollar Comedy Show by James Bovard After the 9/11 attacks, Congress and the Bush administration pretended that unlimited federal spending was one of the best ways to thwart terrorist threats. In 2002, Congress created the Homeland Security Department (DHS), sweeping some of the most inept federal agencies, such as […]

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Counterpunch: Trump’s Fearmongering is Tawdry Presidential Tradition

Counterpunch, February 13, 2017 Trump’s Fearmongering is a Tawdry Presidential Tradition by James Bovard President Donald Trump is being reviled for wildly exaggerating the peril of Muslim refugees. Some commentators fret that his rhetoric signals a new fascist era descending on America. A recent Washington Post news analysis derided Trump’s fearmongering: “Playing upon the nation’s […]

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FFF: Billion Dollars of Federally Funded Paranoia

A Billion Dollars of Federally Funded Paranoia by James Bovard When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. They began to be set up around the nation shortly after 9/11 as federal-state-local partnerships to better […]

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TSA #iHateTheWait Video from Washington Post

Frustrated travelers caught in endless TSA lines are lashing the TSA with an #iHateToWait Twitter tag. The Washington Post created this excellent video on the backlash. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his agency is “asking the public to have appropriate expectations when they arrive at the airport.” Ya, expect to miss your flight, Chump! […]

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Democratic Debate Hoots & Huckstering

Tonight’s Democratic candidate debate was everything a cynic could have wished for.  Government retained its power to perform miracles, though no one explicitly promised that it could raise the dead. It is amazing to see how far & easily both Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley ran from their records in office.  Following are some of […]

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