Archive for Civil Liberties

Bumper Sticker of the Day

Posted in Bumper Stickers with tags , , , on October 18, 2008 by gyma

We didn’t fight hard enough for our civil liberties when we had the chance.  Let’s hope President Barack Obama has the courage and fortitude to restore what’s been lost these last eight years. 

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Terrorist Watch Lists

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by gyma

I feel terrible for this couple and am also embarrassed that the United States continues doing this.  Because this man had the misfortune to fall in love with a woman from Pakistan, converted to Islam, and is a pilot by trade, he’s found himself on the same watch list as Teddy Kennedy.

Since 9/11 I suppose such a list has become necessary.  That’s not my gripe.  It’s that the government doesn’t have a mechanism to clear your name.

Once I became aware of these lists, I worried for the first time in my life about being spied on, being harassed, etc. for simply voicing my opinion.  Since GWB took office I’ve written more letters to the editor and to my government representatives than ever before.  I have to assume that blogging also carries a modicum of risk.

I know there isn’t anything I can do to help this man and his family other than voting for individuals I believe will reverse these policies.  In the meantime, I’m just very, very sad.

Camerahead Project

Posted in Politics with tags , , on August 20, 2008 by gyma

This looks like a very clever, if creepy, way to get out the word that our civil liberties are in grave danger.  I discovered this picture on one of the ACLU’s websites but the link to the Camerahead Project was broken. 

I did a google search hoping to learn more and by viewing a cached version of the broken link I learned that this was a public art project conceived by Paul J. Strong, and apparently was put on in Seattle, Washington.  This is from the cached website:

The Camerahead Project is presented through the eyes of 10 Camerahead agents, and the images they record. The project not only raises the questions of who is watching who, and who is watching the watchers, but also asks questions of why we are being watched at all.

I guess the whole “A picture is worth a thousand words” applies here – I’d be genuinely creeped out to turn around have one of these cameraheads staring at me.  You, too?