Category Archives: Civil Liberties

When the Security State Collides With the National Zoo

The National Zoo in D.C. has decided to increase security on “high access days” (boldface mine): Security in any large urban environment today is challenging. The Zoo faces particular problems during high visitation periods, including March and April, when the … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, DC, Museums etc. | 1 Comment

Does Electronic Surveillance Stop Terrorism? Not If We’re Stupid About It

One of the most frustrating things about our ‘War on Terror’ is the widespread belief that all of our intrusive surveillance actually does something. In reality, it often misses actual terrorists, in part because it is focused on non-violent left-wing … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Civil Liberties, Fucking Morons, Terrorism | 2 Comments

Security Theater: 153 Guns Got Through Airport Security

This recent failure of airport ‘security’ demonstrates how it’s really just ‘security theater‘ (boldface mine): The authorities say that on Dec. 10, while 1.7 million other passengers were being routinely screened for weapons at security checkpoints in airports around the … Continue reading

Posted in BANG! BANG!, Civil Liberties, Fucking Morons | 2 Comments

The Unaccountability of Security State Decisions

Charles Pierce makes a very chilling observation (boldface mine): For the past two weeks, on two different fronts, we have been confronted with the unpleasant fact that there are people working in the institutions of our self-government who believe themselves … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties

Why Not Raise the Entry Bar for the Police?

It’s weird: one group of heavily unionized public workers is under a constant barrage of claims of being underqualified, while another, with much lower educational standards, gets a free pass on those grounds. I’m referring to teachers and police officers … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Education | 7 Comments

Respect Is Hard-Earned, But Fear Is Cheap

The longer version (boldface mine): And so, yesterday, following a New York grand jury’s failure to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking 43-year-old Eric Garner to death in July, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement. “[W]hile … Continue reading

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I’m the Mad Biologist, and I Support This Message

Observed on 12th Street, between M and N, Logan Circle, D.C.:

Posted in Civil Liberties, DC, Voting