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The New Stasiland Bulletin (Vol 1, Issue 3)

Posted by Thomas Nephew on April 24th, 2007

The federal government disclosed details yesterday of a border-security program to screen all people who enter and leave the United States, create a terrorism risk profile of each individual and retain that information for up to 40 years.

The details, released in a notice published yesterday in the Federal Register, open a new window on the government’s broad and often controversial data-collection effort directed at American and foreign travelers, which was implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

While long known to scrutinize air travelers, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to apply new technology to perform similar checks on people who enter or leave the country “by automobile or on foot,” the notice said.

Lawyers for two men charged with illegally ejecting two people from a speech by President Bush in 2005 are arguing that the president’s staff can lawfully remove anyone who expresses points of view different from his.

From a public forum in a public space, lest anyone be confused here. If they win with this, maybe they can widen the scope to “anyone in broadcast range.” Then we could really get rid of some troublemakers!

  • Get ’em started young with Lego’s new Police Surveillance Truck — heck, I want one myself! Users like the detail, all the moving parts, ultimate police vehicle, blah, blah, blah, but one complains “everything in this set is cool but the container on the back of the cab. it doesn’t have anything to put in it so why put it on the set?” Little fella doesn’t understand yet: that’s the interrogation cage.

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NOTES: “US plans to screen” — via Lindsay Beyerstein (“Majikthise”); “2 ejected” — via dedalus (“Blah3.com”) and Avedon Carol (“The Sideshow”); Lego toy via Jens Scholz. “Stasiland” refers to the East German security agency or “Stasi”; see my post “The Lives of Others” for more about it. In its English usage, “Stasiland” was coined (as far as I know) by human rights attorney Scott Horton (“No Comment”).

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