There Is Much to Fear

By: Monday September 29, 2014 9:03 am

One of the exceptional things about Post-Constitutional America is how instead of using the traditional tools of an autocracy– secret police, torture, mass round ups– the majority of Americans have given up their rights willfully, voluntarily, almost gleefully. The key tool used by government to have accomplished this is fear-mongering.

 

Bordier: A Bottom-Up Solution to Cross-Border Conflicts: The Case of the Middle East and ISIL

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 4:00 pm

The outbreak of another Western-led military conflict in the Middle East is widely viewed as unwinnable. It is also viewed as counterproductive because of its potential to help its target, ISIL, the anti-Western fanatical social movement, recruit new volunteers in its crusade to topple Middle East regimes.

My view, as a political scientist, is that none of the players currently involved can bring peace or stability to the region. The “perpetual war” the protagonists appear to be unleashing is more likely to cause even more human suffering and displacement in the region on a scale previously unimaginable.

Iraqi Prime Minister Claims ISIS Planning to Attack US and France

By: Friday September 26, 2014 11:28 am

A statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi regarding ISIS planning to attack the US and France swept through the US media yesterday despite both French and American officials saying they had no such intelligence. The alleged plot was uncovered by Iraqi intelligence who informed Abadi. Though Abadi met with US officials this week he never brought it up according to an Obama Administration official that spoke to the Associated Press.

Court Admits It Was Wrong to Prohibit Newspaper From Publishing Details on Gas Company’s Pipe Safety

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 4:30 pm

A circuit court in Alabama has admitted it committed an error when it issued a temporary restraining order against an Alabama newspaper to halt the media organization from publishing a document on an Alabama gas company’s pipe safety.

The Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco) took legal action on September 17 and sought a temporary restraining order to block publication of a document detailing the company’s plan for gas line safety, which the newspaper had obtained through an open records request from the Alabama Public Service Commission.

Four Score and 7 reported villains ago

By: Monday September 15, 2014 1:30 am

Remember Boko Haram? The Nigerian terror-group that believed in mass kidnappings and viral videos that lost out to much better produced viral videos.

There’s been an update.

Americans More Likely to Be Killed in a Car Crash, Drowning or Accidentally Suffocating Than From Terrorism

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 2:48 pm

By far the most depressing poll of the day comes from Pew Research. It found recent news about Syria has caused many Americans to become dramatically more fearful about Islamic extremism and terrorism.

The number of people who give the government a positive rating when it comes to reducing the threat of terrorism went from 72 percent last November to just 56 percent today. That is a huge 16 point drop.

Similarly, significantly more people are now inclined to give up some liberty in the name of security.

After Media Assault Americans Believe ISIS Threat To US

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 6:45 am

After a continual barrage of media hype surrounding a group of Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria the American people are scared that the homeland is in jeopardy. According to a CNN/ORC Poll, 45% of Americans see that ISIS is a “very serious threat to the US.” That number parallels what Americans thought of Al Qaeda in 2003. 90% of Americans, according to the poll, believe ISIS is some level of threat to the US. Despite ISIS being a regional group trying to establish an caliphate in the Middle East and zero evidence to back up the claim, 70% of Americans also think ISIS has agents in the US ready to strike.

“Please do not think me irrelevant”

By: Friday September 5, 2014 1:30 am

Oh the plight of the former person to be feared, but now sliding to irrelevance as a cartoonish villain.

But enough about Dick Cheney.

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 2:18 pm

The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.

Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say a Mr. Anderson committed a crime. This happens most commonly in drug cases.

Secretary Kerry Calls Conviction Of Journalists In Egypt ‘Chilling’ As Junta Set To Receive Billion Dollars From US

By: Monday June 23, 2014 12:52 pm

That makes sense right? That’s how you show you disapprove of something, by rewarding it. I am very unhappy about your tyrannical behavior, here is a billion dollars in aid I know you and your friends will steal to show you I mean business.

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