“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 […]
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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…..
From Counterpunch – OPERATION TARMAC by James Bovard ….. Unfortunately, few people recognize the political racketeering involved in the post–9/11 roundups of airport workers. That practically ensures that, if there is another major terrorist attack or some similar debacle, mass arrests will once again be used to burnish the government’s image.
The Future of Freedom Foundation is shotgunning out this op-ed today…. The Slippery Definition of Extremism by James Bovard Americans are once again hearing of the perils of extremism. But the definition of this offense is slippier than a politician’s campaign promise. The definition of extremism has continually been amended to permit government policies that […]
From today’s Washington Post website – “FBI warns extremist letters may encourage violence” By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEVLIN BARRETT The Associated Press Friday, April 2, 2010; 9:34 AM …. The article ominously notes: ” In the past year, federal agents have seen an increase in “chatter” from an array of domestic extremist groups, which can […]