Op-Ed: Insecurity grows in Post-9/11 Security State

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Big Brother is watching. (Photo courtesy of New Zealand Times)Recently the PEN American Center, the writers’ organization, asked its members how they felt about the extent of our government’s surveillance of email and phone records. An overwhelming majority were deeply concerned. Here’s what Sandy McIntosh, a Long Island poet and publisher of the Marsh Hawk Press, had to say in response to PEN’s survey:By Sandy McIntoshIn an old detective novel, a Nero Wolfe, someone is stopped in the street by a cop who demands to see his identification. The man laughs, says that he knows his rights, and walks off without giving the cop anything. The cop is frustrated, but doesn’t insist because they both know that this right is one of the guarantees of American citizenship.Reading this for the first time, my reaction was amazement. Throughout my life, without a doubt, if a cop demanded my ID I’d immediately hand it over. Of course, I grew up some decades after the date of that Nero Wolfe story. But to me and my contemporaries—the idea of claiming one’s rights was reserved for the time when one was actually arrested and in the interrogation room, and when the threat of the rubber hose or something psychologically worse, was palpable. That, years before, you could walk around in the street and feel secure in your privacy was not something that I’d even known or suspected.It seems now that after 9/11 everything changed and we have been quickly sucked up by the Security State—which means, for most of us, by a state of insecurity.Even so, I think this insecurity has been festering for a long time. 9/11 was only an explosion that brought what was invisible into the visible, the palpable.I would never—never—make a joke about a bomb while standing in an airport security line. Would I tell one to a friend online? Would I write a poem about one? I’d hesitate.A friend told me that she didn’t care if her emails, telephone calls, and so on were monitored. “I’ve got nothing to hide,” she insisted.But, for myself, I’m not that confident. Just as conspiracy theorists suppose that there is a colossal, organized brainiac collective in some New World Order plotting to take over, my friend assumes that people managing the Security State have discernment and real intelligence, and will understand that a regular Jane Doe in the suburbs like her couldn’t possibly mean any harm.I don’t share her belief. There’s nobody that intelligent—certainly no one claiming membership in a Security State or a New World Order. And that’s why I should be keeping my mouth shut.Maybe I’ve said too much already.last_img read more

House passes Mortgage Choice Act

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyThe Republican-led House of Representatives passed the Mortgage Choice Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), in a 286 to 140 vote.The legislation, supported by CUNA and NAFCU, would adjust the definition of points and fees under the Truth in Lending Act as applied in the CFPB’s qualified mortgage rule.“A qualified mortgage is the gold standard of home loans. Hardworking families should not be denied access to a qualified mortgage because of technicalities that are largely out of their control,” Huizenga said after the vote on Tuesday evening. “The Mortgage Choice Act enacts commonsense reforms to Dodd Frank making it possible for low and middle income families to achieve a portion of the American Dream.  I am glad to see strong bipartisan support for the effort to make homeownership an attainable goal.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dare Offers scholarship to 5-year-old Boxing Sensation

first_imgIn line with his avowed mandate of discovering young talents and nurturing them to stardom, Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr. Sunday Dare has offered a scholarship to five-year-old boxing sensation Ayomide Adeyemo. Dare’s grassroots development agenda had led to the discovery of young boxer Shekinat,a swimmer Nicknamed Fish and the Yakubu sisters dubbed the Williams sisters of Nigerian tennis for their prowess on the tennis courts.Dare who refers to himself as the ‘Chief Talent Hunter’ said he was moved by a viral video of the young talented boxer. “Sequel to the viral video of a talented baby boy boxer on the PUNCH Newspaper’s social media pages, I will be putting the baby in a boxing academy for further growth and also sponsor his education. Some financial stipends will be given for the upkeep of the lad as well.”Advertisement Loading… The five-year-old Ayomide is so talented that she could be a future Olympian as she would be properly groomed and monitored. The young boxer will be under the tutelage of his father Mr Adeyemo acting as his trainer.In line with Dare’s vision of ensuring that athletes combine sports with education,Olamide will be training after school at their residence in Baruwa area of Lagos State. Read Also:Crown FC Appreciate Sunday Dare for Repairing Stadium Pavilion Penultimate week in Ibadan, Dare had also offered a scholarship to a young football supporter during the finals of the Unity Football Club competition at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole MovieBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be Opened7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more