Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are two different agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have sensibilities, practices, and impunity in common. The major difference is that the TSA has no law enforcement authority while CBP does. That power makes the latter even more dangerous.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
"I think what we ought to do is to try to understand the truth about the world. And the truth about the world is usually quite unpleasant. My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons. For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence. But also for a much more important reason than that; namely, I can do something about it. So even if the U.S. was responsible for 2 percent of the violence in the world instead of the majority of it, it would be that 2 percent I would be primarily responsible for. And that is a simple ethical judgment. That is, the ethical value of one's actions depends on their anticipated and predictable consequences. It is very easy to denounce the atrocities of someone else. That has about as much ethical value as denouncing atrocities that took place in the 18th century." -Noam Chomsky
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
As and is if by magic, the latest news confirms the "Fascism" post I put up just an hour ago. From the Guardian:
The UK is just as bad as the US. Gee, why am I not suprised?
Both countries have been inexorably morphing more and more into fascist states since 9/11. Actually, since the so-called war on drugs. But it's heated up since 2001. "Terrorism" is the new bogeyman du jour, just as "Communism" was during the Cold War. Empire is never happy unless it has an enemy on the horizon. Much easier to control people that way. And guess what? Millions of those people are happy to fall into line.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Nico Melendez is a spokesman for the TSA. Meaning he's a professional liar.
We have the latest example of his gift for lying in a story from Hawaii.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In the on-going sordid history of TSA agents bullying, harassing, robbing, and sexually assaulting people, we have a new story, this time about a cancer survivor.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
As I so often say, you can't make this stuff up. Reality is so absurd, so surreal, that anything you could come up with in fiction would pale in comparison.
Friday, February 7, 2014
As I wrote two days ago, our DHS overlords were fretting about Terroristy Toothpaste Bombs. Well, now their paranoia is complete: along with their bumbling handmaiden, the TSA, they've banned all -- all, mind you -- toothpaste, deodorant, hairspray, baby powder, and whatever other liquid, aerosol, powder, gel personal grooming substances you can think of, from carry-on luggage for flights headed to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (And let's not forget those terrorist cupcakes!)
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Predictably, the Denver District Attorney has decided not to press charges against the TSA agent who assaulted Jamelynn Steenhoek.
We first reported on Steenhoek’s case here. We lauded the fact that the local police seemed to be taking her seriously, though without hope that anything would come of it.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Every day, this country becomes more and more like something out of The Onion. I know it's a cliché to say you can't make this shit up, but the fact is you can't make this shit up.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
In their continual quest to invade all aspects of our lives, our alphabet-soup security agencies will be on the prowl today at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. For the gladiatorial combat known as the Super Bowl will be taking place there, and our overlords don't want the players on the field to be the only ones showing some muscle.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Our friend at Taking Sense Away, about whom we've written several times, and who up to now has remained anonymous, has just revealed his identity. In a very public way.
Our buddy "N. J." is really Jason Harrington. And his tell-all about life as a TSA screener was published last night by Politico.