Friday, February 10, 2006

The Incredible Credible Threat 

One more reason not to protest anything the government does: the needless diversion of precious resources from the war on terror. Remember: every man-hour spent investigating the long-haired sandal-wearing picket-sign-carrying hippies at UC Santa Cruz is a man-hour that could have been spent thwarting Al Qaeda's next shoebomb attack on the L.A. Bank Tower:
The Department of Defense has removed mention of a campus demonstration at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from the TALON (Threat and Local Observation Notice) database, following recent efforts by UCSC Chancellor Denice D. Denton and members of California's congressional delegation.

Denton was notified of the action in a letter co-signed by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, who noted they were "relieved to learn that Department of Defense regulations forbid retaining information on Americans engaged in constitutionally protected activities" and that the UCSC protest "had been removed from the TALON database."

The April 5, 2005, protest of military recruiters at a campus career fair had been listed as a "credible threat" on the database managed by the Pentagon's Counterintelligence Field Agency.

After learning from news releases in December of the UCSC event's inclusion on the TALON database, Denton had challenged the listing and asked members of Congress to investigate, noting that "an environment of surveillance and intimidation threatens the core values of universities and of our nation."
"Universities," maybe, but "our nation"? Where have these people been living the last five years?

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