I have over the course of the past several years headlined quite a large number of articles in my Police State Britain series and I've been thinking of doing the same for a while now (three or four years at least) with some of the stories coming out of the US. Now with this story I think the time has come - naturally it involves the Patriot Act. This time it has been used against a barely sixteen year old youth in North Carolina. He may well be all the bad things that the FBI are alleging, who knows, but it sure does look like either a complete nonsense (cloned identity?) or a wildly-exaggerated case of a teenager playing a prank which has gone seriously wrong. In any case very little of what he is suspected of is required to be released under the Patriot Act - basically people can be locked away more or less indefinitely with little or no 'due process'. It would certainly be reassuring to see the case heard openly in a regular court, if that's what it is decided is warranted and not in some kind of Kafka-esque modern-day Inquisition, from which no-one is safe.
And this, three months into the Presidency of a so-called 'Democrat' president?
(thru Andrew Sullivan writing here)