Civil Liberties

E-voting: Flawed Florida systems unsafe says Sancho

December 16, 2005

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho started testing his e-voting system earlier this year. He quickly determined that an insider, or someone who gained access to the inside, could easily manipulate vote totals. Now, with a decision to scrap the old system in favor of a new model, Sancho has tested some more, allowing [...]

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Al-Arian acquitted

December 7, 2005

The most telling moment of the Al-Arian trial came when his lawyers opted to put on no defense. They simply declined to answer what they said was insufficient evidence presented by the government to prove their client’s guilt. Apparently, the jury agreed. Once billed as a major strike in the war on terrorism, the case [...]

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Judge rules for constitution

October 28, 2005

Pat-downs halted – for now A Hillsborough judge on Thursday ordered a halt to pat-down searches before Tampa Bay Buccaneers games at Raymond James Stadium. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Perry A. Little issued the temporary injunction nearly two weeks after high school civics teacher Gordon Johnston, 60, sued the Tampa Sports Authority, claiming its decision to [...]

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Ending the drug war

October 19, 2005

Despite the length of quoted text, I left a lot out. Go read the whole thing. Let those dopers be # A former police chief wants to end a losing war by legalizing pot, coke, meth and other drugs By Norm Stamper, Norm Stamper is the former chief of the Seattle Police Department. He is [...]

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Once again, Joe steps up to defend us all

October 19, 2005

Joe Redner got rich by founding Tampa’s most famous attraction. The Mons Venus is known around the world, and casual tourists and businesses travelers who find themselves in the area are often more interested in the location of the Mons than the site of their meetings or reunions. In an industry with a reputation for [...]

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Hold on while I drop my pants, bend over, and grab my ankles…

October 18, 2005

Jim Norman is a 2 bit whore. The Tampa Sports Authority got its first look Monday at what the legal bill might be to defend the NFL’s pat-down policy in court this week. The who-pays scoreboard reads like this: taxpayers, $10,000 to $15,000; NFL, zero. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tenants of the stadium run by [...]

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Bucs fan: ”Don’t touch!”

October 13, 2005

This didn’t take long. A Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket holder, backed by the ACLU of Florida, has filed suit to stop the pat-downs of fans going to football games at Raymond James Stadium. The fan, Gordon Johnston, a high school civics teacher, said in a statement that he renewed his season tickets for this [...]

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Palm Beach supports law and order

September 27, 2005

Palm Beach just passed a buffer law to give women some relief from the American Taliban – domestic terrorists who use violence and intimidation to further their quest for total control over women’s personal medical decisions. City commissioners on Monday approved a law that will prohibit anti-abortion protesters from coming any closer than 20 feet [...]

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Jeb! uses state money to stifle choice

September 24, 2005

His own GOP dominated legislature wouldn’t give him the cash for a “Pregnancy Support Services Program,” so he snuck in a line item in his office budget for “crisis counseling.” As previously noted, the GOP, and especially Jeb!, just don’t like democracy. Gov. Jeb Bush is pushing forward with a $2 million state-sponsored, anti-abortion contract [...]

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GOP’s fradulent logic

September 24, 2005

Republicans know that they can’t win in an actual democracy. That’s why they often cry fraud in an attempt to disenfranchise black voters. Georgia’s crackdown on voter fraud would be more credible if it actually pursued fraud. But the new requirement for photo IDs at the polls does nothing to address absentee ballots, where there [...]

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