Loss of Privacy

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Until now, passengers flying to the United States had to fill out the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) form as a paperless replacement to the I-94 form to be checked against the US watch list and pay a fee in order to enter the United States. This form has basic information on it and, although stored for a period of up to 12 years, did not contain much personal information. A vote in the European Parliament has now changed that policy, leaving EU civil liberties at risk.

The European Parliament has approved the controversial data transfer agreement, the bilateral PNR (passenger name register), with the US which requires European airlines to pass on passenger information, including name, contact details, payment data, itinerary, email and phone numbers to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Every day, millions of American children are forced to start their school day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. They are told by their principals that it is required, but it is not. The Pledge is considered to be an oath of allegiance and it is a “government-sanctioned endorsement of religion,” that “violates the Establishment Clause of the first amendment to the US Constitution.”

The history of the Pledge shows that it is not, and never was, a pledge set in stone. It has been controversial since it began and continues to be so today. During its lifetime, it has been changed four times. The origin of the Pledge also was never intended as an oath of loyalty. It was designed to encourage people to buy more flags from one particular flag-making company.

 

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When 9/11 first occurred, many people were devastated. Speculations ran around in the early days, but the American government assured us that it was masterminded by Osama bin Laden who had hired and trained Saudi nationals to complete the task. Eventually, it was claimed that Saddam Hussein was also involved and that we needed to invade Iraq, leaving us fighting two fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A few years later, after we’ve captured Hussein, we’re told bin Laden isn’t all that important and that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the evil mastermind behind 9/11. He was, apparently, part of al-Qaida, so there was still a need to capture bin Laden, but Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the person who is responsible for the entire mess we have gotten ourselves into. He has now confessed to numerous plots ranging from the Daniel Pearl murder to the Richard Reid shoe bombings.

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The Obama administration has been extremely tough on rounding up illegal immigrants and deporting them. So tough that he’s deported more than any other administration in history. So what’s the problem you ask? Well, no one wants the jobs because they either don’t pay enough, are too hard, or both.

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Tennessee has become the first American state to use the TSA statewide, with officers placed in airports, bus stations, weigh stations and on the highways. Using Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR), the TSA is traveling across the state monitoring the highways and weigh stations.

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