Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Man faces 75 years for taping cops

The State of Illinois is fighting to put a 41 year old mechanic behind bars for the rest of his life because he videotaped cops. Michael Allison faces five charges of eavesdropping, each carrying up to fifteen years in jail. He refused to cut a deal with prosecutors, because he does not believe he committed a crime.

Unfortunately, the video footage shot by Allison isn’t available, because it was confiscated by cops. News coverage of the story, however, is available in these clips from NBC Channel 2 of Wabash Valley. The ACLU is defending the man, who says he has never been arrested or accused of a time. Similar charges have been dropped or reduced in other states.




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TSA strip searches little boy

I’m not traveling by plane this week, but if I was, I would consider taking part in Wednesday’s nation-wide resistance to the new, intrusive airport security measures now in place. The plan is to “opt-out” of the full body scans and clog the system by requiring screeners to perform the more time-consuming “enhanced pat-down.” Such plans have the flavor of civil disobedience.

Here’s video of the TSA performing at least a partial strip-search on a little boy, a scene that would surely upset many reasonable citizen bystanders. One man heard on camera observes that what is happening is “ridiculous” and “unbelievable.” While the video clip does not make clear the full set of circumstances surrounding the event, it is certainly disconcerting at first glance.

And in case you haven’t seen it already, here’s the famous footage of one John Tyner who warned a TSA agent not to “touch my junk.” Charles Krauthammer celebrates Junk Man in his latest column for the Washington Post. Happy Thanksgiving.

P.S. Food for thought: what do you think the reaction – in the media and from partisans on either side of the aisle – would be if the previous presidential administration had instituted these new security measures?

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