NYPD covertly at protests

Undercover New York City police officers have conducted covert surveillance in the last 16 months of people protesting the Iraq war, bicycle riders taking part in mass rallies and even mourners at a street vigil for a cyclist killed in an accident, a series of videotapes show.

In glimpses and in glaring detail, the videotape images reveal the robust presence of disguised officers or others working with them at seven public gatherings since August 2004.

August 2004, eh? That’s was the RNC protests. I was there too. It appears police, feds, NSA, and who knows who else have been watching me and my activist friends peacefully and legally assemble in the streets in NYC, LA, and elsewhere. Truly, the US is a beacon of freedom.

The government in Britain is getting even more unhinged

Britain will be first country to monitor every car journey

From 2006 Britain will be the first country where every journey by every car will be monitored.

Sure, while such bizarre measures are attempts  at intimidation, they also seem paranoid and clueless. Our authorities may have massive power, they also don’t appear to know what they’re doing.