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Your Personal Freedom is Arbitrary

By on 9.20.10 | 9:20AM

For anyone at all concerned with abuses of state power and civil liberties, "Right to Remain Silent,"This American Life episode from a couple weeks back, is absolutely mandatory listening. Having personally spent 12 hours in a holding cell as a guest of the City of New York for the crime of walking more than two abreast on a public street--no charges, no apologies, of course--I found the beat cop's recordings of his superior ordering him to arrest literally anyone daring to step out in groups of more than two within the boundaries of a certain precinct particularly chilling--and, sadly, not all that surprising. 

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