Well Now We are Getting all Political
Here are some interesting links and articles relating to homeland security. The same people who brought you these great safety images.
- Anti-terrorism laws working outside of it's realm. They took some money from people in other countries bank accounts. The scariest quote is this,
- "Under the counterterrorism measures approved by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks, prosecutors are not even required to trace the money back to the target of an investigation"
- "Officials at the State Department, however, have raised concerns over the practice ; in part because most of the seizures have involved fraud and money-laundering investigations that are unrelated to terrorism."
- Watch what you check out.
- "(new type of sign) a warning that records of the books they borrow may wind up in the hands of federal agents. The signs, posted in the 10 county branches last week and on the library's Web site, also inform the reader that the USA Patriot Act "prohibits library workers from informing you if federal agents have obtained records about you." --What the hell does this have to do with anything that is considered terrorism. Bomb making via your local library. Dear God.
- "The Justice Department says libraries have become a logical target of surveillance in light of evidence that some Sept. 11 hijackers used library computers to communicate with each other. " -- They probably ate at Burger King once too. Let's get cameras up in there as well.
- "Unlike conventional search warrants, there is no need for agents to show that the target is suspected of a crime or possesses evidence of a crime. As the Santa Cruz signs indicate, the law prohibits libraries and bookstores from telling their patrons, or anyone else, that the FBI has sought the records. " That's enough. This is just horrible.
- It gets worse
- "The Transportation Security Administration awarded a $12.8 million contract Friday to Lockheed Martin Corp. to link commercial databases, such as credit histories, with airline travel data and government terrorist watch lists. The idea is to use the information to assign a risk level --- green, yellow or red --- to all travelers before they get to the airport. Those with higher risk levels would get extra scrutiny, which the TSA says would lead to more effective security. " We need to find out what all these agencies do. The transport administration is in charge of giving me a color that tells people whether or not I may be a terrorist. I don't even mind the term terrorist. Their branding ain't working on me. I still fear rapists, pedaphiles, and murderers much more. So you guys are really dropping the ball in the branding department . I guess they didn't read their 22 immutable laws.
Here's that quote I've been looking for "The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either" BF