The Land of the Free?


The terrorists have so fucking won.

Here's a report about TSA, Border Patrol, and local police setting up a checkpoint at a Greyhound station in Tampa. Note how quickly preventing a possible terrorist attack expands to include catching illegal immigrants, and preventing drug and what sounds like "cash smuggling." (It's hard to tell from the audio.) Note also the complete and utter reverence the local news report bestows on these government agencies, who after all are merely "teaming up to keep your family safe."

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It's not difficult to envision the day where anyone wishing to take mass transportation in this country will have to first submit to a government checkpoint, show ID, and answer questions about any excess cash, prescription medication, or any other items in his possession the government deems suspicious. If and when that happens, freedom of movement will essentially be dead. But it won't happen overnight. It'll happen incrementally. And each increment will, when taken in isolation, appear to some to be perfectly reasonable.

Does the fourth amendment only apply to our home now? H/T Boing Boing

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Taking theater to the next level

That one dude looks like the actor from My Dinner with André. I'm just sayin. If this is from the Onion, that's totally cool with me.

Am I being PWND?

I re-watched it. No obvious puns. No humorous asides. Nothing to otherwise make it funny. And if that was the mark, they missed. Yeah these spokesmen look more polished but half the guys addressing the media for .gov are pros. I grant you, this was a staged dog and pony show.

And I love that actor.

Speaking of actors, now that you mention it, that random guy they talked to at the end saying he felt safer? He lacked authenticity.

The former Arizona governor

warned of these random sweeps. What is it with Arizona governors and security measures? Granted this was another fine Republican policy she inherited.