|Tom Tomorrow (thismodernworld.com)|
Checkpoints, documents, DNA tests
AirTalk, KPCC FM (SCPR.org, Dec. 30, 2013)
|Jack boot, duck step (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)|
[The pretext for invasions of privacy are always clothed in socially useful ambitions.] "Sobriety" checkpoints have traditionally included tests to determine whether drivers have consumed alcohol, including breathalyzers, but the new cheek swabs also pick up on drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy.
[The individual may not be intoxicated, but any trace level or false positive can lead to arrest. What is most likely to determine arrest? Race, age, clothing, obedience level, not this inadmissible test. Cheek swabs are not yet admissible in court, so jails will fill with targeted groups while others, even those who are genuinely incapacitated, are allowed to slide.]
|You saw her; she came at me with that flower!|
Drivers stopped at DUI checkpoints may be asked to take the oral swab test, but can refuse. If the police suspect the driver to be intoxicated and arrest them, drivers can still refuse testing and have their license suspended for 12 months, otherwise a blood test would be administered to test for drug and alcohol levels. More
|We're here to "protect" you (KC)|
Even in the tweediest precincts of the legal system, the over-criminalization of American life is remarked upon with greater frequency and intensity.
“You’re probably a (federal) criminal” is the accusatory title of a widely read essay co-authored by Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit of the US Court of Appeals in Pasadena.
|But I'm suppo'd to be the "decider"!|
- Support for US War on Afghanistan falls to 17%, making it the longest and most unpopular war in country's history even using 9-11 spectacle as its pretext
|Look, young lady, whistleblowing is a crime!|
Some have responded with resentment: Why so much sympathy for this Snowden kid when the daily grind of our justice system destroys so many lives without comment or scandal? After all, in New York, the police department’s “stop and frisk” tactic, which targets African-American and Latino working-class youth for routine street searches, was until recently uncontroversial among the political and opinion-making class.
|The United States of Fear|
- New robotic "muscle" is a thousand times stronger than a human's and capable of hurling an object 50 times heavier than itself
- Did Halley's comet cause a FAMINE 1,500 years ago? Dust from cosmic body cooled Earth's atmosphere and caused devastating crop failures
- The medieval crypt protected by MAGIC: 900-year-old tomb is found covered in mysterious inscriptions to "protect its bodies from evil'
- Dogs can recognize their owners in PHOTOS: Pets pick out familiar faces
- Did BEER create civilization? Ancient man developed agriculture to brew alcohol, NOT to bake bread, claims scientist
- Hackers can steal your personal details by using a mobile phone to record the SOUND of your computer
- Flick over to Mars One TV! 2018 mission plans to stream live footage when it lands on the red planet
- How an elephant orphanage saved Zongaloni: Traumatized calf is transformed into a happy, healthy little girl after she was found guarding her dying mother
- "Superfood" cons shoppers: Label should be banned because it is "a marketing ploy to hook consumers into buying expensive products"
- The cube that BREAK DANCES: Mechanical box that jumps, spins and balances could help create intelligent space probes
- Sporting success DOES trigger baby booms: Spain's birth rate rose by 16% after Barcelona's 2009 Champions League victory
- Unearthed: The 2,400-year-old terracotta baby bottle shaped like a PIG that doubled up as a toy rattle
- The future is curved: Samsung and LG claim new range of concave TVs will deliver images FOUR times sharper than HDTV
- Surgery performed by robots is no more successful than using humans... and they cost a LOT more
- Is this the end of washing up? This SELF-CLEANING crockery is entirely resistant to dirt and liquid
- How jealous dreams can trigger real fights: Study finds what we think about when we sleep affects how we act when awake
- Ancient Peruvians carried out BRAIN SURGERY: 1,000-year-old skulls reveal trepanning was used to treat everything from head injuries to a broken heart
- Angels exist, but they do not have; they are like shards of light, says Catholic Church