Sunday, March 28, 2004

Probably Because You Can't Perjure Yourself on 60 Minutes...

We Have Devolved Into A Nation of Children... An American Airlines flight was cancelled in Florida on Friday due to a self-described psychic who called the TSA and said that a bomb might be on the plane. Are "bad vibes" also a legitimate criteria for grounding a plane?

Senators Yield to Their Ponytailed Hollywood Masters A draft bill, hoped to be proposed by Lamar Smith, is being circulated among House members would make it much easier for the Justice Department to prosecute file sharers by lowering the burden of proof and would also seek fines and prison terms of up to ten years for file sharers. In addition, Sen. Orin Hatch (you might remember him as the man who wanted to "blow up" file sharers' computers remotely) and Sen. Patrick Leahy have introduced the PIRATE Act that would allow the Justice Department to pursue civil prosecutions against 14 year-old boys using KaZaa. Leahy has received $178,000 in contributions from the entertainment industry, Hatch has received over $150,000 and Smith has received almost $25,000 from them this year alone.

Nope, Veritas Omnia Vincit As the trial of the second Oklahoma City bombing suspect begins, many are hoping that facts will be unearthered to answer many lingering questions about the domestic act of terrorism that claimed over 160 lives, including the involvement of a white-supremacist bank-robbery gang and possibly some Iraqis. As this article from The Independent points out, there is also reason to believe that there might have been an al-Qaida link to the Oklahoma bombing. Richard Clarke's new book is raising the possibility (among lots of others interesting points raised) that Terry Nichols might have received explosives training from Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, during his many trips to the Philippines during the years leading up to the bombing.

That's OK, I Wasn't Using My Rights Anyway In an earthshattering court decision, police officers in Louisiana no longer need a search warrant or arrest warrant to conduct a brief search of your home or business. A spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department said that the new power won't be abused, which is reassuring coming from a police department that was so corrupt that about a third of the entire force was fired at the same time. Two dissenting judges in the case called the ruling "the road to Hell."

Damnit People, They Will Turn on Their Human Masters!

-The Sikh Geek