Tag Archives: One Nation Under Fear

Explosive Liquids at Airports

I’m flying today, so this piece about confiscated liquids at airport security gates caught my attention: For starters, liquids surrendered at airports are assumed to be potentially hazardous, and therefore they must be disposed of, so the charity route won’t … Continue reading

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The Land of the Free

There are some serious assholes in America who think they’re solely and exclusively entitled to life, liberty, etc. And they’re willing to kill anyone with darker skin or different spirituality. The law calls these people hate criminals, and they do … Continue reading

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I Narrowly Avoided a Naked Body Scanner

I went through an airport security line over the weekend and there were two metal detector lines — one with the usual metal detector doorway, and the other with a naked Backscatter machine as its primary security screening device. But … Continue reading

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Crazy Quote of the Day

“I would instruct the national security officials in a Gingrich administration to ignore the Supreme Court on issues of national security.” Newt Gingrich It’s hilarious how the far-right wraps its sweaty, flabby arms around the Constitution and the founding fathers… … Continue reading

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Real Crime Versus Fake Crime

DougJ at Balloon Juice noted this about crime rates: Violent crime in the United States continues to drop significantly despite the difficult economic environment, according to new statistics released Friday by the Justice Department. According to the Crime Victimization Survey … Continue reading

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Permanent Fear

The new terror warning system maintains a perpetually elevated threat level. In fact, the lowest threat level is “elevated.” • An elevated threat alert, the lowest warning, would be issued if a credible threat were determined, but it likely wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Non-Muslims Responsible for More Terrorism

ThinkProgress reports that, despite Pete King’s Islamophobia, non-Muslim terrorism is a bigger issue within America’s borders — by nearly double. Yet as a January 2011 terrorism statistics report — compiled using publicly available data from the FBI and other crime … Continue reading

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Republicans Palling Around With Terrorists

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey met with a terrorist group in — shock horror! — France! But on December 23, a group of leading conservatives — including Rudy Giuliani and former Bush officials Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge, and Fran Townsend … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day (So far)

“Without the TSA terrorists would blow up planes roughly as often as they currently destroy buses and trains, right?” Matt Yglesias

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One Nation Under Fear

This is remarkably sad. Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the new full-body security-screening machines at the country’s airports, as most say they put higher priority on combating terrorism than protecting personal privacy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. … Continue reading

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Headline of the Week

I can’t think of a better headline to summarize what’s arguably been the biggest story of the week: TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine Okay, so can we fix this already? Meanwhile, I hear that Rick Santorum is opposed … Continue reading

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Radiation vs. Terrorism

Which will kill you first? You might be surprised. This is brilliant:

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New Huffington Post Column

When Your ‘Junk’ Is Touched at the Airport, Thank A Republican Tweet and Digg. And, as always, enjoy!

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Thanks for the Body Scanners, Drudge

Matt Drudge and wingnuts across the country are flipping out over the body scanners and predictably blaming the Obama administration for all of it, but they entirely fail to grasp that it was the far-right evildoer fear-mongering and toe monster … Continue reading

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The Terrorists Win Again, Part 2

Seriously, TSA? Seriously?! This is effing stupid: Reminder: Since 2000, the odds of you dying as a result of a terrorist act aboard a commercial American airliner is 1 in 25 million. The odds of getting struck by lightning: 1 … Continue reading

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The Terrorists Win Again

Welcome to the Police States of America. Another day, another TSA horror story. Here’s the teaser: After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, “if you touch … Continue reading

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Good Job, Democrats

Way to hang tight on this: The accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, may remain behind bars without trial indefinitely because of disagreement over his trial location, according to the Washington Post. The Obama … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amid a real danger,” George W. Bush in Chicago yesterday Nicely done, Bushie. Except for, you know, the biggest terrorist attack on American soil EVER! The … Continue reading

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The Terrorists Won

Via Digby, this should make you want to vomit. Kathy Parker, a 43-year-old Elkton, Md., woman, who was flying out of Philadelphia International Airport on Aug. 8. She says she was heading to Charlotte, N.C., for work that Sunday night … Continue reading

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The Reactionary Mandate

Michael Crowley on the administration’s Anwar Awlaki and wiretap positions: My hunch is that Obama could make an excellent argument against all these positions, and that it pains him to adopt them. But also that he gets constant and chilling … Continue reading

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