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Since 2001, the US government has tried to keep cockpit recordings from hijacked September 11 flights secret. The official rationale is as follows:
"to protect the National Traffic Safety Board against premature public speculation regarding the cause of any airline crash so it may 'conduct a full and fair investigation.'"
A blogger, whose writes under the name Baron Bodissey, is doing an independent investigation into alleged Islamist compounds and training camps in rural Virginia. He is investigating the Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a militant Islamist organization originating in Pakistan.
The US city of Baltimore, Maryland, has installed street lights with solar-powered cameras mounted on them. The street lights not only take your pictures when near, but they shout a warning when they sense motion: "Stop! We have just taken your photograph. We will use this photograph to prosecute you. Leave the area now!". The city is concerned about people stealing the street lights.
14 out of 16 provisions of the Patriot Act have been made permanent by the US Senate, with relatively minor concessions to opponents of the act. Even after Bush has admitted he is breaking the law to spy on US citizens, only 7 senators opposed the permanent expansion of state power.
Source: Yahoo News
Last October, with the tantalizing possibility of the justice system reigning in Bush's power-drunk kleptocracy, it seemed like impeachment was on its way.
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