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When internal passport controls go into effect, will DHS "Behavior Detection Officers" profile us like DEA does now?

If so, it's very simple to understand the new experiences Americans are about to have in their new, unfree country (internal passports; preventive detention; satellite surveillance; Read below the fold...

Bush starts to run out the clock on FISA six month sunset provision

What a surprise. AP:

The White House on Friday asked a Senate panel for more time to produce subpoenaed information about the legal justification for President Bush's secretive eavesdropping program.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy had set Monday as the deadline for administration officials already subpoenaed to provide documents and testimony about the National Security Agency's eavesdropping program.

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New Bush prosecutorial theory in Padilla allows preventive detention on vague evidence

What next? Protective custody? (Or, in the original German, Schutzhaft). The Times actually does some reporting although, as usual, far too late after the fact to be on any use (bourgeois riot; warrantless surveillance). Adam Liptak: Read below the fold...

Bush to institute internal passport controls by May 2008


Americans may need passports to board domestic flights or to picnic in a national park next year if they live in one of the states defying the federal Real ID Act.

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Bush to use spy satellites for domestic politics, and Beltway Dems signed off on it

Of course they'll use spy satellites for domestic politics*. Why would you even think things could be different? The Times:

At issue is a newly disclosed plan that Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence, approved in May in a memorandum to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, which puts some of the nation’s most powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic security officials as early as this fall.

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Well, this explains some things


Remember the zuchinni of chastisement?


Thanks, I think, to vastleft for drawing my attention to this: Read below the fold...

DHS to use "Clergy Response Teams" to help "government" if martial law is declared

I swear I'm not making this up! KSLA, Shreveport:

Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.

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U.S. Customs to blogger: "Do you write anti-American material"?

Gee, the "behavior detection" stories are starting to come thick and fast, aren't the?

Here's a new one, from Matthew Good:

Hot/Live that’s what the US customs officer at Detroit Metro Airport wrote on my customs declaration form as he asked me to follow the blue line.

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Bush to use spy satellites for domestic surveillance, civil cases as well as criminal

Look, no way will this be abused. Put away those tinfoil hats, people!

[Laughter. Sobbing. Sounds as of breaking glass. Dull thuds as of forehead on desk.]

The WSJ, while Murdoch still lets them do journalism:

The U.S.'s [and by "U.S.," we mean the criminal Bush regime] top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation's vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.

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AT&T, Room 641A, and why Harry and Nancy had to gut the Fourth Amendment when they did

small_att [Welcome, Crooks and Liars readers. Remember that the hearing is happening today, so let's be on the alert to see how--or, it's be optimistic, if--our Constitution is further shredded by Bush's monarchical pretensions.]

Prove me wrong. Please. Read below the fold...

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What Watertiger Said

At least the Blue Dogs are paper-trained, 'cause they pissed all over the Constitution!

The Hill:

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Michael McConnell has quietly courted key members of the House Blue Dog Coalition for a short-term fix for the administration’s foreign-intelligence surveillance program, putting additional pressure on Democratic leaders to pass a bill before the end of the week.

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Bush will only get more extreme

... the closer he comes to losing power (assuming, in fact, that he does surrendur power, and doesn't retain it under some sort of continuity of government theory after another "who could have predicted" attack). So fasten your seatbelts, because it's going to be a bumpy ride. Read below the fold...


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