BLOGical Thoughts Archive

November/December 2002

Monday, December 4, 2002

I have put up a couple of free books for you to read. They come from 'The Shadow' magazine, and are more entertaining than most literature of the 1930's. The books can be read online, or downloaded. Check them out in the eBooks section.

Monday, November 25, 2002

Feel free to mark this day as one of the darkest in American history. Today Emperor George the W signs the Homeland Security Act, which I think of as the Internal Security Bureau bill. This Act guarantees you won't see your easily surrendered liberties ever again. We will now know what the soviet citizens felt, living under a system in which Internal Security can arrest you on any pretext and hold you without notification, bail or lawyer, for as long as they wish. Combined with the so-called Patriot Act, Americans have lost more of their liberty in the last 12 months than in any of the preceding 200 years. All in the name Security.

My congratulations to the idiots who voted these nazis into office. You're getting exactly what you asked for. Unfortunately, those of us who voted for any other candidates (Libertarian) are getting exactly what we didn't ask for, too.

No wonder we no longer roam space. You'd rather be secure than free, right?

On a similar note, I'm not sure if you know what the Total Information Awareness (TIA) project is. This is a project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and is headed by convicted felon John Poindexter. Poindexter was convicted of destroying over 5000 pages of information in the Iran-Contra affair. His conviction was subsequently overturned, thanks to the actions of his political allies.

The TIA project will develop computers to trawl through the vast quantities of data generated by Americans in their daily lives. Academic transcripts, ATM receipts, prescription drugs, telephone calls, driving licences, airline tickets, parking permits, mortgage payments, banking records, e-mails, website visits and credit card slips will all be monitored. The object of this project is the sacred cow of Security - it is supposed to protect us from terrorist acts.

Information gathering of this scope can be used for good or ill, depending on who is controlling the database. I don't think that a convicted felon should be in charge of it. As a matter of fact, I don't think there should be such a database. The potential for harmful use of such a database far outweighs its potential 'security' uses.

Thirty civil rights groups have written to the White House to oppose the project as well as Mr Poindexter's return to government and commentators have accused the administration of creating an Orwellian America. They are right on target with those accusations.

By the way, their logo is really appropriate - an eye on top of a pyramid gazing on half of the earth.