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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Posted on Jun 9, 2010
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Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

New York Times:

More than 1,800 people were arrested and fingerprinted during the convention, but lawyers for the civil liberties group, representing some of those arrested, were seeking the documents to see how and why arrests were made and what information the police may have had before they made the arrests.

In recent years, the city has paid millions of dollars to many of those who sued after their arrests, asserting that they had been improperly taken into custody. Many were herded into pens at a West Side pier in Manhattan that was dubbed Guantánamo on the Hudson.

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By Fat Freddy, June 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

What can you expect of people who elect Bloomberg? Not much, I guess.


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By Tobysgirl, June 10, 2010 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

I used to love NYC, lived in Brooklyn, then Manhattan (rent $269/month 1990). What has happened to the city? I would never even visit there again. The last time I saw my old neighborhood (1996) it was gentrified and dead; the streets were empty, though they were busy when I lived there.

What can you expect of people who elect Bloomberg? Not much, I guess.

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By bogi666, June 10, 2010 at 3:38 am Link to this comment
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The USG was defeated by 19 men armed with box cutters on 9/11. OBL is relishing that he defeated the Pentagon with its $trillions for less than $1 million. AS far as the USG is concerned we are all OBL’S now. The Soviets lasted 10 years, the USG 1 day.

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By Fat Freddy, June 10, 2010 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

The War on Terror, and the War on Drugs, are wars on the American people, plain and simple. How can anybody support a government that wages war on its own citizens? This is not an exaggeration. I just saw this in my local morning paper:

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?

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By mike112769, June 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

This is what happens when we give up a little liberty for security. We have let our government run roughshod over us in the name of the war on “terror”. I don’t believe that the terrorist threat is nearly as bad as it is made out to be. It is a useful tool to keep us in our place, that’s all.

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