Archive | June, 2013


Maryland Police Tyranny, Slightly Curbed

from the Future of Freedom Foundation – POLICE TYRANNY, SLIGHTLY CURBED by James Bovard   (posted by FFF June 26, 2013) On the night of March 3, 2010, University of Maryland students spilled out onto a main street in College Park, Maryland, to celebrate a victory by the school’s basketball team. Prince George’s County police had […]

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Bravo! TSA Deluged With Angry Last Minute Comments

Midnight yesterday was the deadline for comments on the TSA’s checkpoint obscenities.   A stampede occurred near closing time and more than 5400 people added their 2 cents to the official forum. Below is my comment (extracted from last week’s Washington Times op-ed).  Looking at this riff with fresh eyes today, I lament that I […]

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Podcast of Brian Wilson Interview on TSA, IRS, & other BS

Brian Wilson and I did an interview yesterday on some of the latest federal BS.  Here’s the summary from the Libertas Media Project:  “Another conversation with Public Policy Hooligan author James Bovard about his recent piece in The Washington Times . If you have an opinion on the TSA (and who doesn’t), you’ll want to read Jim’s commentary. It includes a […]

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Wash. Times: Transportation Security Does Not Include Freedom to Molest

  Washington Times, June 20, 2013 BOVARD: Transportation security doesn’t include the freedom to molest Passengers aren’t feeling it for TSA’s invasive scanners The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) treats American travelers like cattle being chuted to a civil liberties slaughterhouse. Thanks to a federal appeals court, citizens have a golden opportunity to tell the agency […]

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AmeriCorps Responses in Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published 3 letters responding to my article last week: AmeriCorps: Keep the Good, Hold the Bad Accountable I am the inspector general identified by James Bovard (“The Reality of Feel-Good Government,” op-ed June 13) as “fired” by President Obama for “refus[ing] to back down from a report condemning a prominent Obama supporter […]

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Michael Hastings, R.I.P.

The great journalist Michael Hastings was killed in a car accident today. He was both thoughtful and tough – a rare combination. The following line, from an email slugfest he had with a State Department spokesman covering up Benghazi, deserves to be in Bartlett’s Quotations: “Why don’t you give answers that aren’t bullshit for a […]

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Butcher of Belgrade Offers Tips for Syria

The New York Times op-ed page has a piece by retired General Wesley Clark headlined: “To Get a Truce, Be Ready to Escalate.” The Times summarizes Clark’s wisdom: “The threat of force might get talks over Syria moving, as it did in Kosovo.” Clark opines as if the military campaign which he headed was a […]

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