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  •  The Office of Naval Intelligence was tailing me (18+ / 0-)

    back then. Little men scribbling notes in little notepads... Quaint. Almost endearing now.

    They've learned a lot since then, and after the Battle in Seattle they have learned their lesson. Terrorism!™ is a wonderful screen...

    Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit. --Edward R. Murrow

    by chuckvw on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 01:11:59 PM PDT

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    •  Our notepads were top-hinged, roughly (10+ / 0-)

      3x5 with rounded lower corners, dark green covers and ruled paper.  Like a tiny hardbound book that opened from the bottom edge.  

      I think I still have one around somewhere. I wish I'd taken a box when I left.

      Not that I used them to surveil non-criminal citizens or anything.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 01:26:27 PM PDT

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    •  The FBI arrived at (11+ / 0-)

      the curb in front of my house. They just sat in their spook car with dark glasses and their buzz cut hair on. My then sister in law who was visiting me said what is the heat doing in front of your house. We went out and asked them who and what they were doing.

      They came to the door and said we're the FBI we are here because your brother is a traitor and a draft dodger and we want his address in Canada and as a good citizen you should turn all your correspondence, letters, over to us. I refused. My sister in law a hot head went nuts and gave them a piece of her democratic anti-war mind. They asked me if I was a traitor too and told me that there would be serious repercussions if I did not co-operate with their 'investigation' into unAmerican subversive anti-war criminal draft dodgers.

      My brother had applied over and over to be a conscientious objector and been turned down. His walled sported at least ten appeals to the draft board. The Quakers, the Friends sponsored him and set him up so he could move himself and his family to Canada. So how is this any different new technology same old harassment. When their are no restraints no regulations, no laws all of our society is in danger. The law whether in matters of national security or economic justice is rendered useless.

      Terrorism, the national security state and our free markets may not seem hooked together but they are. They are different facets of the same anti-democratic evil. The NSA and all the attendant branches are the enforcers of this anti democratic and inhumane state we find country and society captured in. Quite the catch 22 secret trade treaties, secret laws and courts, secret threats. Gimmie a break regardless of the technology we're under threat from within. The 'other' the  scary enemy is fictional and a distraction that keeps us divided while the Visigoths rake in the power and pillage at will.    

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