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Pushing back against TSA—and about time

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This time TSA decided that learning Arabic was forbidden. Larry Gordon in the LA Times:

Nicholas George planned to brush up on his Arabic vocabulary during a flight in August from Philadelphia to California, where he was to start his senior year at Pomona College. So he carried some Arabic-English flashcards in his pocket to study on the plane.

But those flashcards changed George’s life far beyond the classroom. The 22-year-old from Pennsylvania is speaking out against what he contends are abuses by federal authorities in airport security measures.

George, a physics major who is considering a career as a U.S. diplomat in the Middle East, is suing the Transportation Security Administration, the FBI and Philadelphia police for jailing him after his flashcards were found and confiscated in a Philadelphia airport screening. His lawsuit, filed in federal court this week, said his four hours in detention, half of that in handcuffs, violated his rights to free speech and protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

"I feel the TSA acts like it has a blank check as long as what it does is in the name of fighting terrorism," George, said Thursday from Claremont, where he lives in a dormitory. "Of course, the TSA’s job is to keep us safe — but they have to follow the Constitution and respect rights."

If his flashcards triggered such deep suspicion, George said, "then we’ve got a real 1st Amendment issue here. I have a right to study Arabic."

The student acknowledged that a few of the vocabulary words, including "bomb" and "terrorism," may have alarmed authorities, but he also said he needed to learn them in order to understand the news of the day in Arabic-language newspapers.

George said his interest in Arab culture began when he saw "Lawrence of Arabia" as a child. "The more I studied it, the more I was fascinated it by it," he said. He plans to take the State Department exam to become a foreign service officer…

Continue reading. The degree to which the US is now a fearful nation is a measure of the success of the terrorists: the US seems to have lost resilience and spirit.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 February 2010 at 9:27 am

Laying down a string of great shaves

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I seem to be on a roll: today’s shave is as smooth as I’ve had. The Rooney Style 2 Finest worked up a fine lather from Vintage Blades’s own shaving soap, and I note that the Rooney also holds a lot more lather than the Duke 3 Best I used yesterday with a similar soap.

The Mühle open-comb with a newish Astra Keramik blade did a splendid job in a three-pass shave, and June Clover was a nice, hopeful finish.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 February 2010 at 9:23 am

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