A XMAS CAROL
On the twelfth day of fascism
John Ashcroft gave to me
Twelve digital implants
Eleven years protesting
Ten less amendments
Nine internment camps
Eight surveillance cameras
Seven TIPsters tipping
Six snoops a-sniffing
Four airport friskings
Two detained Muslims
And a Department of Homeland Security
A recent post to the invaluable nettime-l mailing list linked to this fascinating read. Before clicking on the link, try to guess the author’s identity from the below:
The Clinton administration would like the Federal government to have the capability to read any international or domestic computer communications. The FBI wants access to decode, digest, and discuss financial transactions, personal e-mail, and proprietary information sent abroad — all in the name of national security. To accomplish this, President Clinton would like government agencies to have the keys for decoding all exported U.S. software and Internet communications.
This proposed policy raises obvious concerns about Americans’ privacy, in addition to tampering with the competitive advantage that our U.S. software companies currently enjoy in the field of encryption technology. Not only would Big Brother be looming over the shoulders of international cyber-surfers, but the administration threatens to render our state-of-the-art computer software engineers obsolete and unemployed.
Don’t think I saw Lummox Taranto, Chuck Johnson, and their unoriginal followers – all deploying the “Our Friends the Saudis” headline with wearying regularity – link to this one. Some quotes:
“We’re treating all Saudis as if they’re terrorists. Our inability to distinguish between who is a friend and an enemy turns everyone into an enemy. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Suddenly the [Saudi] people who have spent the most time embracing and defending the United States feel abandoned.
“Does that mean one must leave the Republican Party in order to fight for liberty? Maybe so…”
American Indians Hold Thanksgiving Day of Mourning: “The greatest single acts of terrorism to date were not perpetrated by Osama bin Laden, but by the US military when it dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
Shhh! American Prisoners Being Held In Afghanistan: “Guerrillas have captured five more American soldiers in Afghanistan. This is an extension to the list of 40 American soldiers who have been missing for more than a year now.” (via LibertyThink)
Kissinger named to head 9/11 probe
“Dr. Kissinger will bring broad experience, clear thinking and careful judgment to this important task,” Bush said at a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “Mr. secretary, thank you for returning to the service of your nation.”