Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Remind Me What We Fought For Again?

Since the Tsarnaev brothers put the lie to the notion that ‘we’re fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here’, how’s that other justification for the Iraq War doing? No, not weapons of mass destruction you … Continue reading

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Nearly Thirteen Years After Sept. 11, 2001, Nothing Has Changed

In spite of all the ‘never again’ that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001, the Boston Marathon bombings show that we have learned nothing since then (boldface mine): A sharply critical congressional report on Wednesday said federal officials suffered multiple communication … Continue reading

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One More Slip of the Security Rachet: The Boston Marathon Edition

One of Boston’s (many) saving graces is that it’s full of hard-headed stubborn people. While that might sound like damning with faint praise, in an era where our putative political leadership perpetually craps its pants, it’s refreshing to know that … Continue reading

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It Is Not For Economists To Decide If Unions Are Bad

Image by Bettmann/CORBIS Evan Soltas writes (boldface mine): So there are two ideas here, the potential and the uniqueness of unions. Wasser says unions still have potential and that labor’s gains from unionization are unique. I disagree on both. I … Continue reading

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An Arizonan Legal Debate

Hopefully, Arizona Gov. Brewer will come (or will have come) to her senses and veto SB1062, which would allow businesses to not serve people on religious grounds, which translated into English means no gay people served–even rightwing Fox News refers … Continue reading

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And Now We Have Cossacks. This Will End Well.

Regarding the ongoing oppression of Russian gays and lesbians, I noted the following: …the events we should be referring to are the pogroms that swept across Russia in 1903 and then again in 1905 and 1906, the most infamous being … Continue reading

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Snowden Is a Rorschach Blot For Something, But For What?

I imagine over the next year, every time there’s a new disclosure about the Snowden documents or something about Snowden himself, there will continue to be arguments over whether Eric Snowden Is a Good or Bad Person (one of the … Continue reading

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Policing and Militarization: Will Boston Adopt the AR-15?

While I didn’t always agree with Mayor Menino, his opposition to the widespread carrying of high-powered semi-automatic rifles by police (the AR-15, a semi-automatic version of the M-16) was laudable (boldface mine): On April 15 — when two bombs exploded … Continue reading

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Boston Traffic Cameras: A Microcosm of the Failure of the Security State

Boston has suspended the use of scanners that check drivers’ license plates for infractions. Why? For starters, the Boston Police Department doesn’t seem to have adequate data protection measures (boldface mine): The police inadvertently released to the Globe the license … Continue reading

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First, They Came For the Porn-Watching Radicals…

…and I said, “Really. I have no idea how that wound up in my browser cache.” For anyone who doesn’t think our intelligence agencies won’t use the information they receive to blackmail people, think again (boldface mine): The National Security … Continue reading

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