It's not just failing to close down Gitmo and perpetuating what is now the Obama gulag. There's also been no effort from the government -- nor will there be -- to combat the oversized and overreaching police state that was created in the wake of 9/11 and has now gone well beyond anything resembling a "war on terrorism." Some of these travesties are covered in a long and very good investigative piece in the Washington Post. Perhaps most alarming is that typical tourist activities like snapping photos of a scenic harbor can now land you in a government data base of suspicious persons, where you could remain for years:
State intelligence analysts and FBI investigators use the reports to determine whether a person is buying fertilizer to make a bomb or to plant tomatoes; whether she is plotting to poison a city's drinking water or studying for a metallurgy test; whether, as happened on a Sunday morning in late September, the man snapping a picture of a ferry in the Newport Beach harbor in Southern California simply liked the way it looked or was plotting to blow it up.
Suspicious Activity Report N03821 says a local law enforcement officer observed "a suspicious subject . . . taking photographs of the Orange County Sheriff Department Fire Boat and the Balboa Ferry with a cellular phone camera." The confidential report, marked "For Official Use Only," noted that the subject next made a phone call, walked to his car and returned five minutes later to take more pictures. He was then met by another person, both of whom stood and "observed the boat traffic in the harbor." Next another adult with two small children joined them, and then they all boarded the ferry and crossed the channel.