May 15, 2003
DHS Used to Track Down Texas Legislators

Texas is getting to be as interesting as Florida and Modesto.

Balkinization talks about the Texas legislators that flew the coop to prevent a vote on redistricting. However, one aspect of the story not mentioned is how the Speaker of the House there, Tom Craddick of Austin (who also left the state 30 years ago to prevent a vote, btw), in his quest to find them, had underlings asking the Department of Homeland Security to track them down (Star-Telegram). They did this by finding former Speaker Pete Laney's plane through the DHS's Interdiction and Coordination center.

The civil liberties issues should be clear. Using terrorism detection methods for purposes other than detecting terrorism is not right, but for gaining political advantage, it smacks of Watergate.

Posted by Mary Hodder at May 15, 2003 08:55 AM | TrackBack

I may be violating the DMCA by writing this, but you could theoretically defeat the self-destructing DVD by making sure that it's not exposed to oxygen (the deterioration of the disk starts as soon as it is exposed to oxygen... so that, in 48 hours, the disk is unreadable).

What can you do to make sure a DVD is not exposed to oxygen? You could paint it carefully with nail polish. You could laminate it. I think even the right kind of transparent sticker would do.

I'm no genius, content holders...

Posted by: Joseph on May 19, 2003 02:21 PM

Craddick's proposed district will hog most of the oil,(Permian Basin), most of the water,(Lake Ivey, Lake Brownwood, Lake Proctor, Lake Buckhanan, Lake LBJ, the Colorado river, the San Saba river, the two Llano rivers, Lord knows how many water wells,), most of the cattle,(San Saba and Mason auction barns), nearly all of the pecans,(San Saba County), most of the finest people in the world,(SAn SAba, Llano, Mason, and Fredricksburg), and to top off all of the above, it will include both Luckenback and Lowake!

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