Category Archives: Civil Liberties

It Sure Seems Like A Muslim Ban

But this is not a ban on Muslims. Or something (boldface mine): A spate of Muslim travelers in the United States, both American citizens and green card holders, have claimed U.S. Customs and Border Protection revoked their Global Entry cards, … Continue reading

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The Right Always Told Us Tyranny Would Arrive Via FEMA–The Seattle ICE Edition

Recently, I noted this the Customs and Border Patrol: We’ll get back to this, but we’re also seeing a rise in detention by Customs and Border Patrol (‘CBP’). One recent case was the detention by U.S. Customs of U.S Olympian … Continue reading

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Civil Forfeiture And CBP: Two Peas In The Same Authoritarian Pod

Lost last week in the furor over Il Trumpe’s ‘suggestion’ to a sheriff that he would be happy to destroy a state senator who opposed civil forfeiture is that civil forfeiture is a really bad idea. In theory, it sounds … Continue reading

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Democracy For The U.S. Colonies

Including the one on the mainland (aka ‘D.C.’). There’s an important lawsuit winding its way through court (boldface mine): Now, a lawsuit with plaintiffs from the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is trying to … Continue reading

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The Right Always Told Us Tyranny Would Arrive Via FEMA…

…but it turns out it was the Customs and Border Patrol we should have been afraid of: If Trump is trying to convince people to not leave the country, this would be a good way to do it.

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Tolerance Is A Peace Treaty And A Social Compact, Nothing More

Despite people in the D.C. area being very passionate about politics, there is a ‘cease fire’ when people aren’t on the clock: political figures should be able to go to the grocery store without being heckled. This tolerance is not … Continue reading

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Security State Run Amok: Welcome To The Ninny State

This is something I’ve noticed as well during the past year (boldface mine): As a tour guide, I’m a bit jaded by this quest for security. Every year brings a new closure, a new checkpoint, a little less freedom than … Continue reading

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