Freedom To Travel Is a Right Americans Lost

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it did not intend to appeal last month’s court decision which removed Rahinah Ibrahim from the "No-Fly list" – making her the first person in years to be taken off that bureaucratic black-hole relic of the Bush war on terror. This is great news for Ibrahim. But … Continue reading “Freedom To Travel Is a Right Americans Lost”

The War on Drugs Remains Literal

On March 13, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued a ruling that may provide a benefit for a small but not insignificant number of the people arrested for marijuana in the state. Brandi Jessica Russell had her 2011 conviction for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana overturned, and this precedent could be applied … Continue reading “The War on Drugs Remains Literal”

Domestic Drones Are Inevitable

As the weekly – sometimes daily – news stories never tire of telling us, domestic drones are coming. And as ABC News reported on March 17, they are arriving faster than the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can suss out the rules over their use. Though it’s technically illegal, and the FAA may issue fines if … Continue reading “Domestic Drones Are Inevitable”

The Blurred Line Between Cops and Soldiers

In a March 10 USA Today piece, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) expressed his desire to introduce legislation that would place limits on the Pentagon’s 1033 program which is used to supply police departments with gear that was once used on the streets of Afghanistan and Iraq. This is a long overdue “official” recognition that something … Continue reading “The Blurred Line Between Cops and Soldiers”

America’s Maginot Line

For months, Senate Bill 744 – which would reform immigration and make citizenship possible for some of the 11 million individuals living illegally in the U.S. – has been – has been stuck in the House. Generally, Republicans think it is too soft. Democrats have pushed and compromised. But the bill is bad. Not because … Continue reading “America’s Maginot Line”

How We Got Warrior Cops

High-profile police response to terrorism threats – as in the case of the Boston bombing – grab headlines, but it wasn’t the paranoias of our post-9/11 world that made cops often indistinguishable from an army. It started earlier. It started with the war on drugs. The rule about war is there are always casualties – … Continue reading “How We Got Warrior Cops”