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FFF: My Blowup at the Enviro Checkpoint

The Future of Freedom, November 2016 MY BLOWUP AT THE ENVIRO CHECKPOINT by James Bovard As I sat in a seemingly endless line of cars at the Maryland vehicle-emissions check-point, the engine in my 1999 Ford suddenly growled, shuddered, and conked out cold. Maybe it was karma for my decades of scoffing at harebrained government […]

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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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FFF: Bipartisan Battering of Freedom in Congress

Future of Freedom Foundation Bipartisan Battering of Freedom by James Bovard For more than 40 years, Republicans have been promising to cut federal spending. In the same period, federal outlays have inched up by a few trillion dollars. But the Grand Old Party continues singing the same song — though voters may finally be losing […]

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Wash. Times: My Blowup at the Bogus Checkpoint

  Washington Times, July 8, 2016 Blowup at the bogus checkpoint Improved technology has done more to reduce environmental harm than government emissions tests By James Bovard As I recently sat in a seemingly endless line of cars at the Maryland vehicle emissions checkpoint, the engine in my 1999 Ford suddenly growled, shuttered and conked […]

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Surveillance Paranoia and my London Bust

There’s a new video on the perils of foreign travel out from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (which oversees the CIA, NSA, etc.) “Know the Risk – Raise Your Shield” recommends getting a throwaway cell phone and a new/temporary email address when traveling abroad. It shows how foreign immigration officials can work […]

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