The terrorists in New Jersey have been captured. They're, uhm, like 15 years old
. A fine example of how anti-terror laws like the Patriot Act can be subject to mission creep
. (The "terrorists" at the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice in Pittsburgh
seem to be still at large.)
Is your name James Moore? If so, you may be a terrorist. Or at least the NSA thinks so
, having added that name -- which also happens to be the name of the author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
-- to its mysteriously targeted
and infamously mismanaged
"No-Fly" list [previously discussed here.
National Security Letters and John Doe
--once only issued against suspected terrorists and spies, NSLs now can be used, thanks to the Patriot Act, against all and any of us. John Doe, the currently gagged owner of a small ISP was targeted for the political speech of his customers and is fighting, along with the ACLU and others. More here
(and more inside)
Toppling one regime to build another, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
and a Republican coalition are pushing legislation to make the PATRIOT Act
permanent. It's daylight forever.