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USA Today: Safety Mandate Debacles Produce Widespread Carnage

USA Today, March 12, 2019 Ethiopia crash of Boeing 737 Max might be latest example of backfiring safety efforts by James Bovard, If software and sensors are to blame, then the Boeing accidents are another reminder that safety policies can have unintended fatal consequences. Another Boeing 737 crashed Sunday in Ethiopia, killing all 157 aboard. […]

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TSA’s Secret Watchlist for Travelers Who Don’t Kowtow

Future of Freedom Foundation The TSA’s Secret Watchlist for Travelers Who Don’t Kowtow by James Bovard “I need a witness!” exclaimed the worried Transportation Security Administration screener at Reagan Washington National Airport a few months ago. Because I had forgotten to remove my belt before going through a TSA scanner, he explained that I must […]

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Bashing the War on Terrorism in 2003 Speech

Here’s are outtakes  of my speech and rebuttals from an Independent Institute panel on Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism, held in November 2003 in Oakland, California.  I was in California as part of a national book tour to promote Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Peace, and Justice to Rid the World of Evil […]

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Lions of Liberty Podcast: How to Piss Off Federal Agencies

Here’s a fun podcast with Lions of Liberty‘s Marc Clair on “how to piss off federal agencies.” The interview starts with a recap of how I went to the political Dark Side — recognizing that the government is a “damn rascal.” Marc and I had a jolly turkey shoot with the TSA – Marc’s own […]

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My “Endless Optimism”?!? The “Gold Standard Podcast”

Ever since I scoffed at a few dubious Boy Scout good deeds decades ago, I’ve had the rep of being a cynic. But Alan Mosley, host of the Gold Standard Podcast, has discovered my “endless optimism.” Miracles never cease! We had lots of fun on this 40 minute interview, thumping coverups, federal atrocities, constitutional crimes, […]

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Needed: #MeToo for Political Consent

Mises Institute, November 1, 2018 We Need a #MeToo Movement for Political Consent by James Bovard The #MeToo movement is spurring millions of Americans to reconsider the meaning of consent in sexual relations. But there is another realm where far too much has been presumed because of often token gestures. Political consent is defined radically […]

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Podcast: My Latest Brawl with the TSA

Here’s the story of my latest security checkpoint clash with those fine public servants from the Transportation Security Administration.  I filed a formal request for a video of that patdown six months ago. But TSA treats the Freedom of Information Act like the F**k Off Information Act and they are ignoring their legal duty to […]

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