Category Archives: Civil liberties

Commentary on issues related to civil liberties.

Do you feel safer now?

This week FBI agents arrested Muhammad Hussain, née Antonio Martinez, as he tried to blow up a military recruiting facility in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. Hussain/Martinez’ bomb, like the one Somalia-born Mohamed Mohamud tried to detonate at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, two weeks ago, was obligingly supplied by the … Read more Do you feel safer now?

WikiLeaks and the inconvenience of truth — 2

Forget what’s in the latest WikiLeaks release of classified documents. I’d like to see the communications between the U.S. and Sweden, the U.K, and Interpol that resulted in Julian Assange, the Australian who runs WikiLeaks, turning himself into British police after being the subject of an international manhunt on “rape” charges. The charge of “rape” … Read more WikiLeaks and the inconvenience of truth — 2

WikiLeaks and the inconvenience of truth — 1

Last week the government and its lapdog news media were telling us how much safer we are now that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents are taking pornographic photos and groping us at airports. This week they’ve been telling us how much less safe we are as a result of Monday’s leak of some 250,000 classified … Read more WikiLeaks and the inconvenience of truth — 1

Tom DeLay and the criminalization of politics

A good argument can be made — and I tend to agree with it — that the Sixth Amendment, not the Second, is our last line of defense against tyranny. This is the amendment that guarantees that a criminal defendant be accorded a speedy trial by an impartial jury of his peers. The government can … Read more Tom DeLay and the criminalization of politics