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Ted Rall: Privacy for Cops
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2015-04-17 18:17:18



Ted Rall: Not Even a Hint of Irony
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2015-03-12 15:41:35



Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection, and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2015-03-04 14:35:56
“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway, and jail official. The framers would be appalled.” – Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Our freedoms – especially the Fourth Amendment – are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, Taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases – these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are – our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.) – to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: We are all guilty until proven innocent.


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1984 and Counting
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Letters to the Editor

2015-02-10 14:53:43

Like most people, I was stunned to hear about the Edward Snowden incident and PRISM. That whole story was like an upside-down Escher painting. Snowden eventually immigrated to one of the most totalitarian, repressive nations on the planet. Isn’t that just the craziest thing?

The disclosure of federal eavesdropping was a revelation that certainly grabbed our attention. Just think: At this very moment my every keystroke is being monitored. And if I get a phone call the NSA might find out that Maria wants to get back together again, but just for tonight.

Seriously? I could give a damn about Big Brother. The government can read my mail for all I care. The Snowden affair was compelling news, yes, but the only people who should really be concerned are terrorists and drug dealers. Possibly the governor of Illinois.


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The American Police State in 2014
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2015-01-28 16:34:02

“You’re either a cop or little people.” – Police captain Harry Bryant in Blade Runner

For those of us who managed to survive 2014 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it was a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns.

We’ve had our freedoms turned inside out, our democratic structure flipped upside down, and our house of cards left in shambles.


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