In Franz Kafka's 1925 novel, The Trial, a man awakens to be suddenly arrested and put on trial for an unspecified crime in a court where no evidence is presented. Hey, at least he got a trial! Most detainees at Guantánamo Bay are still waiting to defend themselves against their crimes — real or imaginary.
There's now over a million names on the government's "Terrorist Watch List." In a previous Civil Discourse comic I wondered why small children with common names like "Robert Johnson" are questioned. Today's comic deals with even more baffling suspects: dead people!
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is adopting some "calming" techniques to make you relaxed for their ever-increasing security procedures. My latest Civil Discourse comic goes through some of features at the Indianapolis Airport that were designed with the help of psychologists to create peaceful acquiescence in passengers.
Bush's approval ratings are so low they would have given King George pause, yet Congress keeps granting him all the power he wants. Their latest capitulation on FISA granted the President even more power to spy on Americans without a warrant. Count the Fourth Amendment among the many Bush has trampled on.
My latest Civil Discourse comic tackles the government's Terrorist Watch list, which has almost million names. Who's on it? Toddlers, dead people, congressmen, and Iraq War vets. You know, the people most likely to harm America. See the AC
On December 30, 2007, Guantanamo Bay detainee 942 (Abdul Razzak for those of you who refer to human beings by their name) became the first "unlawful enemy terrorizer" to die of natural causes. Most are still alive and waiting to be charged. They may die from old age before that happens.Read More»