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While America Sleeps: A cautionary tale of books, baggage, bureaucracy

 

While America Sleeps is “an occasional column” and commentary on the state of Civil Liberties in America.

While America sleeps in the illusion of freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, America’s gatekeepers (in the form of the the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Oval Office and even our Congress, all of whom have failed miserably at controlling illegal immigration in the USA) are hard at work finding new, creative, under-the-radar ways to press down ever harder that growing thumb of “security” on the average American citizen.

gotosleep.jpgToo many Americans, asleep at the wheel in their sheltered cocoons of ambivalence, inattentiveness and a faulty assumption that government is always working in their best interest, keep hitting that snooze button as, one by one, their rights are revoked and their private lives invaded by bureaucratic snooping.

Wake up, America. Time to smell the coffee. It’s getting bitter.

As I browsed the web these past few weeks, cruising for news that comes from anywhere, everywhere but Fox and its growing ilk, or corporately directed newscasts, I’ve stumbled across quite a few interesting but troubling stories.

The first story that jumps to mind concerns travel beyond U.S. borders, and the apparent governmental monitoring of all the things we bring aboard a plane: the titles of the book(s) we carry, the kinds of medications we pack, our destinations and frequency of travel, who we travel with and how often we share the same flights (we don’t have to be seat mates, just on the same flights). Snoopy. Spooky. «Read the rest of this article»


Trails of Tears march to be re-enacted at Port Royal Historic Park

 

Visitors to the Port Royal State Historic Park can explore a piece of American history through the Trail of Tears Commemorative Walk, to be held Saturday, October 13, beginning at 10 a.m.

This tragic chapter in our nation’s history will include recognition ceremony and re-enactment of the Cherokee March in which Native Americans forced from their Georgia communities were forced to trek through Tennessee and Kentucky on their way to reservation lands in Oklahoma. Thousands died of bitter cold and lack of food on this harrowing winter journey, hence the evolution of the name “Trail of Tears.”

An exhibit related to that forced march, and to the Town of Port Royal (circa 1838) will be open to the public at 8 a.m. that morning.

The days’ activities include demonstrations of medicine and domestic chores of the 1830s, guided tours of the park, and refreshments. All activities close at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the park at 931-358-9696.

 





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