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Monday Morning Linkage

April 15, 2013

Duck_copGood morning ducks!  Here are your links…

  • Even more well off people will be able to exempt themselves from TSA’s airport security theater thanks to Visa credit cards.  Well, it’s not like potential hijackers could afford the annual fee or first-class tickets anyway.  Oh wait
  • Do you enjoy being frisked, finger printed, and rapiscanned at airports? Then you’ll be delighted to know that Homeland Security will be expanding its use of biometrics to US immigration offices.  Already a citizen? Great! Because the FBI is planning to amass data on US citizens gathered by law enforcement authorities.  The NYPD has already been collecting biometric data since 2010. No, there’s nothing to worry about, because everyone knows how professional and totally unracist the NYPD is about conducting surveillance.
  • America’s stalwart ally, Israel, would like to retain its right to discriminate against certain categories of Americans entering the holy land in exchange for the US granting Israelis visa-free access to the US.  Israel regularly discriminates against Americans who happen to be Muslim or Arab, as well as Americans who happen to be critical of Israel or supportive of Palestinian rights.  Who will be the first American politician to sell out their fellow American citizens?  (Right answer… It’s a tie!: Barbara Boxer and Roy Blunt)
  • Ahh, the Muslim Question in America. So vexing… So not about Muslims at all.
  • Arrianna Marie Conerly Coleman asks: “Is the settler colony a space of exception?”
  • The hunger strike at Guantanamo continues. Guards are now placing strikers in solitary confinement and force feeding – echoes of Maze Prison and other hell holes.  Force feeding is, of course, a form of torture.  And self-inflicted hunger is the weapon of the weakest of the weak.
  • Finally, as long as we are talking security and biopolitics…  No, your cellphone is not likely to interfere with a plane’s navigation system; the rule is just another disciplinary exercise.  Unless of course, your intention is to use this Android app to interfere with the airplane’s navigation system

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Vikash is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. His main areas of academic interest are (post-) globalization, economic development, and economic freedom, with a regional focus on South Asia