"When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide: ‘People Staring at Computers’ ": A year ago
(previously on MetaFilter), Kyle McDonald
created an art project
that landed him in some trouble with Apple and the attention of the US Secret Service. He writes about it for WIRED. [more inside]
A sub-directorate of the Bureau of Special Christmas Operations (BOSCO), Santa's Little Secret Service
is an Elvish security agency with the primary mission of ensuring the safety of Santa, Mrs. Claus and other high-value Christmas persons. The Service is separated into divisions
focusing on personal protection, diplomatic protection, intelligence, and Christmas certainty operations.
When not protecting Santa, LSS can found assisting in protection of other high-value, Holiday persons, such as the Easter Bunny
with the help of their unique Candy Cane weapons
After 25 years I revisited To Live and Die In L.A. (1985), William Friedkin's cynical, fatalistic, hardboiled and high-energy crime noir about corruption and survival in the city of no angels. The script is literate, the characters are believable, the performances are brutally honest, the unpredictable twists keep coming, the action never stops, and the car chase is shot for real without any fake process. (spoilers)
In 1999, psychologist Robert A. Fein and Executive Director of the US Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center
, Bryan Vossekuil, published a study of 83 persons who had attempted or succeeded to assassinate a public figure (Google HTML view of pdf)
. Those 83 were all the people who were known to have attacked, or approached to attack, a prominent public ofﬁcial or public ﬁgure in the United States since 1949. The goal was to better understand the motives behind such actions, and included interviews with some of the subjects. NPR covered the report today
, interviewing Fein and discussing the findings. The summary was that the attacks were not political in motive, but attempts at gaining fame. "They experienced failure after failure after failure, and decided that rather than being a 'nobody,' they wanted to be a 'somebody,' " Fein said. [more inside]
was an action by the United States OSS in World War Two to distribute propaganda
in Germany, using the Germany's own mail system with forged stamps
and bombed mail trains.
Apparently, The Secret Service's code name
for Barack Obama
. Former agents told the Washington Post that military officials chose the code names without particular reference to the characteristics of the politician.
Sadly, Bush's code name isn't "The Decider
" but rather "Tumbler" and, later, (shockingly) "Trailblazer".
If you're feeling left out, you budding Junior Secret Service Agents can make up your own.
"V" makes a visit
(and the Secret Service responds).
The Secret Intelligence Service,
, now has its own website. MI5
has had one for a while, and apparently now gets most of its job applications that way.
Even a cat can look at a king...but...
According to the Daily Texan when GWB arrived in Texas Wednesday, residents close to where the President was going to be landing were told not to look out their windows. Why? ....more inside...
George "Don't mess with my homies" Bush.
So, evidently, our president got in a scuffle. Yes, a scuffle.
Prosser High School
teacher sees 15 year old student's war artwork depicting President Bush as a devil and another decapitated. Captions include calling an end to the war, and support for Ralph Nadar. Teacher hands artwork over to school administrators, who in turn bring in the Secret Service. Because
that's what you do when you've handed out an assignment to kids "to keep a notebook of drawings depicting the war in Iraq".
Reading this article
in the American Conservative Magazine regarding the Secret Service's use of "Free Speech Zones" drew my attention to the case of USA v. Bursey
. (more inside)
The U. S. Secret Service is going to extraordinary lengths
to ensure the safety of George W. Bush's visit to London - including some not insignificant structural changes to the Palace (which have not as of yet been approved). The article claims that "There will be more armed men on the streets of London this week than at any time since the end of the Second World War
." British security officials further describe operations as has having been "hijacked by the US secret service."
Everyone knows there's a possibility of violence against the president, especially in light of recent events. A measure of security is thus justified. However, are economic concerns being considered? Now, I have the utmost respect for the president's life - as much as I do for just about anybody. I hate the callousness of associating any sort of price on human life. But when security measures require 5,000 police officers and £4,000,000
(that's merely the cost footed by UK taxpayers, mind you), have we not yet reached the point where that money would have been better spent? -especially when the U. S. executive branch has a very robust official policy of succession in place. It's not like the government will suddenly evaporate if the president were to be killed.
You've probably never heard of him
, but as an artist JSG Boggs
has been making "money
" for two decades. Boggs has been the subject of many articles
, a film
, and a book
by Lawrence Welscher. He's bought lots of things with his art
("Hot dogs, watches, airplane tickets, rent, clothing, jewelry–-anything." (And he's done so in England, Germany, France, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, the USA, and Italy.) The largest collection of his works belongs to The Secret Service
. [more inside]
Cartoon in Times Prompts Inquiry by Secret Service
I know these guys have to investigate jokesters and fools who threaten the President, but this has the broad outlines of Federal intimidation of the press. Bah humbug on the SS, good for the lawyers for smackin' the guy down, and double good for the L.A. Times
for reporting it to their readers. (Reg. req. to read story. Sorry 'bout that, kittens.)
Are You Spy Enough?
Put your skills to the test. [Via Bifurcated Rivets. Flash required.
"We own you, you don't have any legal rights"
U.S. Secret Service agents aggressively interrogate two Bay Area high school students after their teacher reports their remarks on President Bush, made during in-class discussion on the war in Iraq, to authorities.
So, we all know the Patriot Act
allows for the monitoring of library and computer usage. Big deal, right? I mean how many people can they watch and what are the odds?
Maybe not as good (or bad, depending on your view) as you might think
,"A St. John’s College Library visit by a former public defender was abruptly interrupted February 13 when city police officers arrested him about 9 p.m. at the computer terminal he was using, handcuffed him, and brought him to the Santa Fe, New Mexico, police station for questioning by Secret Service agents from Albuquerque."
When the Secret Service agent called him, Ellsworth ad-libbed: "Tony, if you keep telling people, it's not a secret."
You're in Hollywood, and you're writing scripts, and it's impossible to get anyone to read them. And the cops come in, and the script was right there, and they wouldn't read it!
Just Wave The Flag, And Nobody Gets Hurt. On Friday, Oct. 26, two Secret Service agents, along with Durham police investigator Rex Godley, came to [A.J.] Brown's apartment. Special Agent Paul Lalley, who did most of the talking, spoke first. "Ma'am, we've gotten a report that you have anti-American material, or something like that, in your apartment," he said, according to Brown. Then the female agent asked if they could come inside.
The "anti-American material"? A poster critical of George Bush.
Craig Kilborn calls for the assassination of George W. Bush on national television.
"Just a little joke, of course. huh huh huh." Yeah, sure, maybe, though not at all funny, and also wildly illegal. CBS and Worldwide Pants have been forced to apologize, and the Secret Service has an active investigation. It should be noted, though, that this aired last Friday, and CBS and Worldwide Pants said and did nothing until this got talked about on a New York radio show yesterday. Why do I get the feeling that if, say, Regis got on his show and made the exact same "joke" about Al Gore, he'd be fired before 10:30 am and be blackballed for the rest of his life?