The Vanishing Right to Travel

The freedom to travel has joined habeas corpus and freedom from unwarranted searches on America’s endangered rights list. Over the last 10 years, a combination of federal legislation, court decisions and new federal regulations have greatly reduced the rights of U.S. citizens to travel internationally and domestically.

The Timeline to Tyranny

“…The top ten advances towards tyranny in the United States during the tenure of the Bush administration, from the Patriot Act to the latest expansion of the illegal eavesdropping surveillance program…”

Pushing National IDs

“…The expanding terror watch list is compelling evidence that the federal government can’t even manage to keep a relatively small database under control. That’s a bad omen for the future. Under legislation signed into law by President Bush in 2005 and now due to be implemented in 2009, the nation will create a federally administered […]

Current U.S. Military “Non-Lethal” Weapons

“…Non-Lethal munitions applications will be used by military personnel to apply the minimum force necessary while performing missions of crowd control and area security at key facilities around the globe… These devices will aid military forces/commanders in situations of hostages rescue, capture of criminals, terrorists, or control of other adversarial persons… ”

Ron Paul: “In the Name of Patriotism” (Who are the Patriots?)

HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS Before the U.S. House of Representatives† May 22, 2007 As posted at Ron Paul’s Speeches and Statements For some, patriotism is “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” For others, it means dissent against a government’s abuse of the people’s rights. I have never met a politician in Washington, or any […]

The EEVS of Our Destruction

“…DHS-proposed regulations set standards for states to meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, including security features that must be incorporated into each card, verification of information provided by applicants to establish their identity and lawful status in the United States, and physical security standards for all locations where licenses and identification cards are […]

The War on Free Expression

“…’We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal (and) endowed….with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of […]

Hired Gun at the Helm: Justice Unhinged

“…As US attorney general (AG) Alberto Gonzales testifies before Congress this week, let’s understand the reasons why the dismissal of 8 well-respected US attorneys is a matter of grave public concern. The facts revealed thus far certainly suggest that the executive branch has intruded on the independence of the federal judiciary, partisan politics has subverted […]

Google: Disabling the Politically Incorrect

“…But then, of course, the idea here is not to provide both sides of a given news story, but only the politically correct, that is to say the neocon side of a given news story. In essence, Google News is not much different than the New York Times or the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington […]

The Empire Turns Its Guns On The Citizenry

“…Today 17,000 local police forces are equipped with such military equipment as Blackhawk helicopters, machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams, explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision, rappelling gear, and armored vehicles. Some have tanks. In 1999, the New York Times reported that a retired police chief in New Haven, Conn., told the newspaper, “I […]

US Plans To ‘Fight The Net’ Revealed

“…The “roadmap” calls for a far-reaching overhaul of the military’s ability to conduct information operations and electronic warfare. And, in some detail, it makes recommendations for how the US armed forces should think about this new, virtual warfare…”

The Devil’s Seven-prong Fork

Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director […]

Bill Losapio: Speak of Simple Pleasures

“…I experience the utter joy of fatherhood, the daily routine of a technical career (complete with aspirations of climbing the company ladder), and the ups and downs of domestic family life . . . planning next year’s vacation, wondering what to get the wife for Christmas, what class I’ll take next semester . . . […]

Google as Big Brother

“…It’s not that we believe Google is evil. What we believe is that Google, Inc. is at a fork in the road, and they have some big decisions to make. This Google Watch site is trying to articulate and publicize the situation at Google, and encourage more scrutiny of their operations. By doing this, we […]

Political Blogging as Hate Crime

“…If we buy into this line of reasoning, the First Amendment of the Constitution not only allows but encourages hatred and violence. It may soon become a punishable offense to be a racist, bigot, homophobe, misogynist, and xenophobe. As distasteful as these people and their ideas may be, the Bill of Rights protects them, provided […]

US Domestic Surveillance: Operation CHAOS

“…This activity led the CIA to establish proprietary companies, fronts, and covers for its domestic operations. So widespread did they become that President Johnson allowed the then CIA Director, John McCone, to create in 1964 a new super-secret branch called the Domestic Operations Division (DOD), the very title of which mocked the explicit intent of […]

The PROMIS of 9/11 and beyond

“…We seem to have arrived not only at 1984 but taken off for an unbidden future of governmenta Total Information Awareness (TIA from DARPA) to be used in a new kind of warfare, not only on enemies, but on the people, too. …”

Bill Losapio: I Hereby Declare Myself an Enemy Combatant

“…No, I am not, nor have I ever been part of the Taliban, al Qaeda, or associated forces, but I will save a Combat Status Review Tribunal or any other [in]competent tribunal established by Dubya or Rummy the trouble…”

US Air Force Wants to Hack Your Nervous System

“…Controlled Effects is one of the Air Force’s ambitious long-term challenges. It starts with better and more accurate bombs, but moves on to discuss devices that “make selected adversaries think or act according to our needs… By studying and modeling the human brain and nervous system, the ability to mentally influence or confuse personnel is […]

The Sheriff: A Necessary Office

“…The county sheriff is being introduced to a maneuver that will gradually eliminate him by a merger with federal marshals.  Already under threat by an Advisory group,[1] the traditional American constitutional sheriff will be divested of his authority.  He will lose his control over the jails and the courts, and all civilian law enforcement will […]