Happy Emancipation Proclamation Day! On Sept 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation: “…all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; Now, like many government proclamations, there was more…

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Omar writes about A group of Iraqi citizens in Al Karkh/ Khidr Al Yas arrested 6 Syrian terrorists after placing a land mine at the gate of Bab Al Mu’a dam bridge from Al Karkh side. According to New Sabah newspaper, after a road side bomb exploded missing an American convoy that was patrolling in…

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I’ve written in the past about how government-validated ID acts as a subsidy to privacy invasion. In the absence of such a card, I can give you whatever name I want, protecting my privacy. With such a card, it becomes easy to invade people’s privacy. Under CAPPS-2, the government would like the airlines to collect…

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Ed Hasbrouck has another pair of good posts (1, 2) on the “Free Wheelchairs” program. In the first one, he quotes from “Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2005”, H.R. 4567: (2) the underlying error rate of the government and private data bases that will be used both to establish identity and assign a risk…

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Eugene Volokh rightly criticizes a corespondent for his ad-hominum attacks on NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who said (I’m quoting Volokh): But Bloomberg insisted that there’s no proof that the NYPD did anything wrong. “There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there was any intent by any law-enforcement official to hold people any longer than was absolutely…

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I have cell service with AT&T wireless. One feature of the service is network time updates. It fortunately includes a confirmation. It’s great when you land in a new city. It hasn’t been so great last night or today. Last night, at 23.20, I got an update telling me that the new time was 21.15.…

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