Tag Archives: United States

Is this the future of civil liberties?

We’re not big fans of full body scanners ~ those funny machines that reveal your naked body to security personnel, could give you cancer, and don’t seem to do what they’re supposed to do. They’re not such a big problem … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: the start of a movement?

You’ve heard about Occupy Wall Street, right? We sure hope so. Beginning on September 17th, protestors showed up in Zuccotti Park, formerly Liberty Park Plaza, and … well, they’ve been there ever since. What do they want? Same as the … Continue reading

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10th anniversary of 9/11: a time for sanity

You may have noticed that there’s a significant anniversary approaching. Ten full years since an appalled, baffled populace watched open-mouthed as first one aeroplane, then another, hurtled into the twin towers of the World Trade Cente, what has now become … Continue reading

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Libya: a liberal war, or just a commercial one?

Tim Stanley, writing today in the Telegraph, claims that American intervention in Libya constitutes a liberal war, essentially on the basis that it’s apparently motivated by a desire to free the populace rather than a desire to enslave them. Well, … Continue reading

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Libya: moments of truth approaching

With Muammar Gaddafi apparently on the run, and rebels appearing close to taking control of Tripoli, the fight to unseat Gaddafi’s dictatorial regime appears to be drawing to a conclusion. While we’ve drawn comparisons with the invasions of Iraq and … Continue reading

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Does it take violence to get noticed?

Let’s start this post by making it absolutely clear that we’re in no way condoning the behaviour of people who have taken it upon themselves to take to the streets of London and go on the rampage. The story of … Continue reading

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Security Theatre: what next?

We’ve written before about the ineffectiveness of full body scanners, along with the health and privacy risks they carry. In the US, in particular, there is a groundswell of popular opinion against them — perhaps in part because they are … Continue reading

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Full body scanners: the next generation?

Dubious though we are about full body scanners at airports, they do at least have the benefit of being optional (in the US, where you can opt instead for a pat-down that has been described as tantamount to sexual abuse) … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: muddleheaded tactics and pay cuts

Most of us recognise that the war in Afghanistan is futile, probably unwinnable, and a colossal waste of money. It’s unusual to hear outspoken criticism from the heart of the British establishment, however, which makes the words of former British … Continue reading

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Database State: two months after the Freedom Bill, are civil liberties violations back on the agenda?

It all started so promisingly. Amid promises to ‘end the storage of email and internet records without good reason’, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition apparently undertook the arduous task of restoring to the British populace the civil liberties that Labour eroded … Continue reading

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