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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Leading a banana republic

There is a name for countries that utilise rampant, unchecked power:

"In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the [US] federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts."

The Bush administration seems to believe that any action it takes can be justified as defending national security. Thankfully, many disagree. Perhaps Bush and his cronies would be better suited to running a banana republic in Latin America.


Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Monitoring radiation levels in a public parking lot is not against the law. Beleve it or not.

As the head of a radiation monitoring team 20 years ago, we did it all over Charleston, SC.

Monday, December 26, 2005 6:56:00 am  
Blogger orang said...


Monday, December 26, 2005 9:50:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yes Ibraham, I would be curious as to why.

Getting back to the story. Do these people really expect to find a source of enriched uranium or plutonium with using these searches?

Monday, December 26, 2005 1:25:00 pm  

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