“The Pentagon’s proposed ‘Total Information Awareness’ (TIA) surveillance system is coming under increasing attack. In an open letter sent yesterday, a coalition of over 30 civil liberties groups urged Senators Thomas Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) to ‘act immediately to stop the development of this unconstitutional system of public surveillance.’ Newspapers across the country [...]
Archive for November, 2002
From the new blog Rantomatic: “Turkey, with its latest plan to screw the Kurds in Iraq (halting them at the border in the case of a US invasion–more on this later), has at least done the world the favor of reconfirming two points. First, no one gives a damn about the Kurds. Second, every word [...]
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“The ‘new era of hope’ that Bush pronounced for Afghanistan has not yet come to pass for many there, partly as a result of U.S. decisions. That should be kept in mind, as administration officials and others tout war in Iraq, especially if such a war is to be waged not just to disarm Saddam [...]
Here are some more thoughts about the recent election. First, from Tom Tomorrow: “This time around, Democrats simply must wake up and face facts–the party no longer stands for anything. Enron alone should have given them this election on a silver platter, but they were too timid to speak out against corporate corruption– because, yes, [...]
“So GOP candidates everywhere dodged, flip-flopped and just plain lied to convince voters that they’re NOT for privatizing Social Security. ‘Conservative politicians with long and specific records of support for Social Security privatization suddenly decided to denounce the whole idea,’ wrote Roger Hickey, Hans Riemer, and Adam Luna in a post-election report by the Campaign [...]
“If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you [...]
“On Election Night, Republican candidates backed by President Bush won a resounding victory across the country. Facing a transformed political landscape, with a newly invigorated president and a war with Iraq looming, it’s time to ask a crucial question: Will the media finally hold the president and his staff accountable for their repeated evasions and [...]
“A celebrated Canadian author, Rohinton Mistry, has cancelled the second half of his US book tour because of racial profiling at US airports. Mr Mistry – the Indian-born author short-listed for the Booker Prize this year – was ‘extremely unhappy’ about the treatment he received, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported.” I’m sure all of America’s [...]
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