Occupy Wall Street
It turns out that all you crazy, post-hippy Occupy Wall Streeters were right: the government does not have your best interest at hearts. In fact, the FBI just released a heavily redacted memo that details some of the ways that it used its anti-terrorism surveillance power to keep last year’s OWS campaign heavily guarded.
Released by the Partnership for Civil Justice after it pursued the documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the items included will just serve to (depending on your worldview) reinforce your paranoia American security bureaus having the carte blanche to become Big Brother, or terrify you into validating the belief that those kids with the drums and the dreadlocks were planning another 9/11.
Brake is both the title of a new thriller that will leave you breathless, and the one thing you’ll be yelling for to survive it. Directed at break-neck speed by Gabe Torres, it’s a movie so original and terrifying that to even attempt to tell you what it’s about would ruin the fun of discovering it for yourself. Suffice it to say, you will not be bored.
The star is Stephen Dorff, an unpredictable and always interesting actor who eschews the big bucks and easy fame of mainstream movies to devote his career to more challenging and transformative roles in quirky, low-budget independents—68 of them so far—ranging from good (Public Enemies) to bad (Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere) to downright unspeakable (Cecil B. Demented). He prefers risks to even bets, and he has proved himself fearless. (Don’t forget, he once played drag queen Candy Darling in I Shot Andy Warhol.) In Brake, he comes closest to leading-man status as he is likely to get, and the crackerjack results are well worth the 90-minute investment.
Only a fool would believe that terrorists have given up on the idea of using civilian aircraft as weapons of mass destruction. Luckily, those in charge of the nation’s security are no fools—they are well aware of the threat, and have taken measures since 9/11 to prevent another catastrophic hijacking.
That said, the zeal of the Transportation Security Administration’s front-line troops often is misguided and downright stupid.
New York lawmakers Peter King and Nita Lowey sent a letter to President Obama today imploring him to meet New York’s financial needs for homeland security in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2012.
Peter King serves as the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Lowey is the only New Yorker on Read More
–From muscling terrorists to sipping cocktails on a wraparound terrace with Central Park views, there’s no question Frances Fragos Townsend is enjoying her retirement. Ms. Townsend will pay $4.98 million to purchase a Lexington Avenue townhouse from an impenetrable LLC. The 49-year-old former prosecutor was George W. Bush’s Homeland Security adviser from 2004 to 2007, which Read More
Back in the bad old days of the cold war-when mutual nuclear annihilation was a policy option-a culture of secrecy arose in Washington. What wise observers understood even then was that while governments tried to keep secrets from each other, their chief concern was to keep secrets from their own people. Considering what Read More