October 19, 2003

I Get Mail

I get some odd mail, odd spam, etc... Here's one I thought I'd share:

It's fairly long, so I'm making it an extended entry. From what I can gather, all this is going to be in a book. Presented for your information:


Last February, the Transportation Security Agency announced that
all U.S. citizens who fly would be assigned a green, yellow or red travel
code under a new system known as CAAPS II – “Computer Assisted
Passenger Screening.”

A green code means you fly like normal. A yellow code means you
would be subject to repeated searches and interrogation by police before
you would be allowed to fly. A red code means you can’t fly and may be

The system will eventually be expanded to every form of public
transportation, including ships, trains and buses. It will probably also
be expanded eventually to issuing driver’s licenses and even opening
bank accounts.
The criteria for determining your travel code is secret, and there is
no provision for challenging it.

So if you’re assigned a yellow or red travel code, and you are
prohibited from visiting your own children or lose your job because you
keep on missing business flights while police interrogate you, tough

Now TSA has dropped another shocker: The number of U.S. citizens
to be initially yellow- or red-coded is enormous! Up to 8% of all U.S.
citizens are to be yellow-coded initially, and 2-3% red-coded. That’s
10% of the entire U.S. adult population!

TSA says they plan to implement this system nationwide within 12
And CAAPS II is just one of many threats you now face to your liberty
and privacy, in post 9-11 America, including:

Under Total Information Awareness, the Pentagon is now creating
comprehensive, computerized dossiers on every man, woman and child in
America. (Code names: “The Beast” and “the Matrix.”) If anything
suspicious turns up, expect a visit from the new security police.

The USA Patriot Act creates the new crime of “bulk cash
smuggling.’ If you now leave or enter the U.S. without declaring that you have
more than $10,000 in cash or currency instruments, you can be stripped
of your money – without any proof you have committed any crime. You can
also be sentenced to five years in prison.

Even carrying more than a few hundred dollars in cash in the U.S.
can now result in your cash being seized by police as “drug money,”
under civil asset forfeiture laws.

Under the Patriot Act, your bank accounts can also now be seized
if you have given even a single dollar to a Muslim charity or any
organization the government classifies as “terrorist sympathizers,” or if
you have committed any of over 400 offenses – including shoplifting or
drunk driving.

Under the USA Patriot Act (passed in October 2001), if you are
accused of any activities which “violate federal or state law” and which
“endanger human life” (participating in a demonstration where someone
is injured?) you can now be classified as a “suspected terrorist” or
“enemy combatant,” and imprisoned indefinitely without trial.

At least 2,000 people have already been detained under this law,
and hundreds are still imprisoned without charges -- including at least
two dozen U.S. citizens.

Posted by Ithildin at October 19, 2003 2:01 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

It's chilling.

And it's not just being used to deal with "terrorists", but it is also being used to dramatically ratchet up the drug war, due to the vagueness of the law.

Posted by: Desert Cat at October 19, 2003 2:23 PM