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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Do You Have Papers? - A disturbing personal account of the consequences of the Patriot Act

Keep in mind while reading this that this guy was a Marine, combat decorated, retired as a Army Reserve LtCol, AND served admirably and honorably on the Tulsa PD. Probably the most disturbing account in this article is this excerpt:

"Now, let ME ask YOU a question," says I. "Why did I get picked out--randomly?"
He showed me a checkered box at the bottom of my boarding pass and said that the computer does it, and when they see this they pull you out of line. I asked why I ALWAYS had the checkered box.
"Well, you could be on The List."
"What list?" I pursued.
"Let's put it this way. You might have ticked someone off in Washington, like the FBI or another agency. I can't say more. I'd get in trouble.You need to catch your plane." He half grinned and walked off. I headed for the gate.

was then that I knew what it was all about. I had written my government-critical book "The Medusa File: Crimes and Coverups of the US Government", and in doing so stepped on a lot of toes. I knew the FBI had at one time tapped my phones, intercepted my mail, and tailed me--simply because I wrote about cases of government abuse, abuse of power and crimes committed by politicians and bureaucrats who used their positions of power for their own agendas.

This guy was on the watch list b/c he wrote a book about corruption in the gov't. Just another example of how the Patriot Act is abused and exploited on what has to be a daily basis. And with the new makeup in Congress and another 4 years of GWB, don't expect much to be done about this anytime soon. Anyway, it's a great read, and he makes good arguments and observations about our current counterterrorism tactics and even the fate of our much maligned airline industry.



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