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    "protected class." So, they do racial profiling under another category. When one type of behavior is prohibited, it's not unusual for people to find an "exception" to let them do what they feel they must.

    Consider the Freedom of Information Act. Instead of just making public information readily available, public agencies have come up with restrictions based on cost, limits on the amount of time they can take to produce the stuff, scheduled releases and protocols about who can release stuff. Since "secrets" can be kept, the go wild stamping documents top secret just so they can keep information to themselves. We may assume they are guilty about some malfeasance, but often it makes no sense. Keeping information to themselves makes some people feel powerful. Congressmen no longer even accept communications from non-constituents, now that it's clear even electronic communications have to be archived.
    That's not new. I've had a letter returned after having been opened and stapled shut because the recipient (the Mayor of Atlanta's office) didn't like a visitor's negative reaction to his fair city. That kind of tampering with the mail is actually against the law. There's a reason Congress wants to privatize the postal service. They don't appreciate that USPS delivery is guaranteed.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:56:31 AM PDT

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