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The REAL I.D. Act Ravages Our Liberty

fff.org The REAL ID Act Ravages Our Liberty by James Bovard July 20, 2020 National ID cards have been atop the command-and-control political wish list for decades. In the 1990s, Republican Congresses shot down efforts to move toward national identification cards. However, after 9/11, “everything changed” and politicians seized the chance to unleash far more […]

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MP3 REAL I.D. Rampage – Scott Horton Show Interview

My old friend Scott Horton interviewed me on my article on how the REAL I.D. Act is sowing chaos around the nation.  Here’s the summary from Scott’s website: Jim Bovard talks about the federal pressure for states to comply with their “REAL ID” laws, which place higher standards on proving one’s identity and may require […]

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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: Are We All Terrorist Suspects Now?

Here’s my first solo podcast, produced for the Future of Freedom Foundation.  Thanks to Bart Frazier for hammering out some of the kinks in the video file. The definitions of terrorist suspects have multiplied like rabbits since the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago today.   Here’s a 7 minute rundown of some bizarre standards the government […]

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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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