V.24 No.49 | 12/03/2015
The Daily Word in Sunport scares, climate talks and even more gifting
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Dec 5 2015 3:30 PM ]
A security scare briefly shut down the Sunport yesterday.
Defense attorneys in the Boyd trial are seeking a change of venue.
APD and reform monitor James Ginger are stuck trying to reach an agreement on a new use-of-force policy.
The Paris climate change talks are off to an encouraging start.
First Congregational Church held a vigil for victims of last Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood.
V.24 No.30 | 7/23/2015
The Daily Word in kale, cannabis, cursing and killer karaoke
By Constance Moss [ Fri Jul 17 2015 1:09 PM ]
A Canadian robot is about to embark on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S.
Marijuana is proving to be quite the wonder drug. What can't cannabis do?
The city plans to give the Sunport a seemingly unnecessary $16M Facelift. A petition against the removal of the '70s brown seating cushions will be in circulation shortly.
Here are the most popular curse words by state.
Foxy Knoxy, aka Amanda Knox belted out a mean tune at a karaoke joint in Manhattan this week.
Helping to diminish our faith in humanity, this man witnessed a car crash, then quickly approached it so he could film the victims and make fun of them.
60-year-old Glenn Danzig put a fan in a headlock yesterday.
A communal Facebook experiment went pretty much as expected.
V.22 No.31 |
The Daily Word in the Bulger trial, a bomb-throwing beauty queen and singing canines
By Mark Lopez [ Mon Aug 5 2013 11:08 AM ]
The defense says he was an informant; the prosecution says he's a murderer. Bulger's trial should come to a close this afternoon.
Talk about the future in food ...
It looks like the recently crowned Miss Riverton isn't your average bombshell.
Two people were injured in a shootout that targeted the Black Berets motorcycle club. The Black Berets say “it ain't over.”
In Bernalillo County, a man was shot and killed by police on Sunday evening after threatening a deputy.
Apparently breaking into public pools for a late-night dip isn't enough …
The “Old Main” prison, which been closed for 15 years, could become “New Mexico's Alcatraz.”
It seems like Daft Punk might be popular with canines as well.
V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
Phil Mocek: You don’t have to show ID to fly
By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Jan 26 2011 3:56 PM ]
After plenty of trial postponements, Seattle software developer Phil Mocek had his day in court. He didn’t testify. Instead, a video Mocek made with his cell phone camera was shown to the jury. On Friday, Jan. 21, he was still found not guilty of four charges: disorderly conduct, concealing identity, refusing to obey an officer and criminal trespass.
In November 2009, he refused to show ID other than his boarding pass to Transportation Security Administration agents. They called police officer Robert Dilley, who wrote in the criminal complaint that Mocek raised his voice, refused to identify himself and wouldn’t stop photographing agents, passengers and the checkpoint.
I caught up with Mocek on Monday to talk about the trial results. Needless to say, he was pleased with the verdict. But why go through the trouble? Why get arrested? Why drive (not fly) back and forth between Seattle and Albuquerque for a number of trial dates that are then postponed?
This is what he wants you to know:
“It should be more obvious to the public now that TSA does not require us to show documentation of our identity in order to travel, and TSA staff are not law enforcement officers. TSA does not bar photography in airports, though there are arguably a few exceptions. “
TSA’s attempt to identify passengers has two objectives, he says. One is airline revenue protection. Years ago, classifieds sections of newspapers were filled with people selling airline tickets they couldn’t use. Anymore, if you can’t make your flight for some reason, the airline will resell your seat. “Presumably the airlines really like keeping people from using someone else's ticket,” he says.
The second objective, he says, is to allow the federal government to restrict people’s movements based on two blacklists—one if of people so dangerous they shouldn’t be allowed to fly, and the other is a list of people who can fly after additional searches. TSA confirms this in a 2008 blog, which says TSA doesn’t maintain its own watch list, but instead subscribes to a terrorist list from the Terrorist Screening Center.
From the blog:
“TSA uses two subsets of this list, the no-fly and selectee lists. These small subsets of the overall list are reserved for known or suspected terrorists that reach a threshold where they should not be allowed to fly, or should get additional scrutiny.”
Mocek says if the people on the blacklists are so dangerous, they should be hauled in front of a judge, not put on a secret security list.
But what about the argument that checking IDs before people board a flight is an important safety measure?
“It seems to be fairly simple for a 20-year-old college student to get a fake ID,” Mocek says. “A determined criminal would be able to get falsified identification documents. It's easy to get around these requirements. Checking ID only affects honest people.”
Mocek’s been flying without presenting identification since about 2006. He read about a lawsuit initiated by John Gilmore, who was barred from flying without identification in four years prior. So Mocek started not showing ID, too. “If we don’t flex our rights at times when we don’t feel like we need them, someday when we do really need them, they won’t be there anymore.”
Most of the time when he didn’t present a driver’s license, clerks would divert him to a second line, he says, but he would be allowed to board eventually. In 2008, TSA announced that anyone who willfully refused to show ID would not be allowed to fly.
From that announcement:
“This new procedure will not affect passengers that may have misplaced, lost or otherwise do not have ID but are cooperative with officers.”
Mocek says the policy suggests TSA is trying to enforce compliance, rather than actually being concerned with passengers’ identities.
Either way, he doesn’t fly anymore. After TSA started doing requiring invasive body searches or electronic strip searches, he’d had enough. “When I first started flying without ID, if I had said to people, ‘This is a trend. In a couple of years, TSA will be lifting crotches and breasts,’ people would have told me I was crazy. But that’s what’s happening today. We don’t know how far they’re going to go.“
He says he’s not sure what will happen next with his case, if anything.
Hear the trial for yourself. A nearly complete record of the audio can be found here.
V.19 No.48 |
The Daily Word: 12.7.10
By John Bear [ Tue Dec 7 2010 8:29 AM ]
Julian Assange arrested in London.
City Councilor urges Sunport to can TSA agents.
It's the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Taking aspirin cuts cancer death risk by one fifth.
Indiana business owner fires self to save employees' jobs.
Artesia man charged with manslaughter in Russian Roulette death. (They were playing with a semi-automatic pistol.)
Happy Birthday, Eli Wallach.
Wesley Snipes will appear on Larry King Live before going to jail.
Deer gets other deer caught in antlers, fights off coyotes.
Wife bites off husband's tongue during kiss.
V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010
My husband and I read the Alibi every week and were both very disappointed with this week's issue [Feature, “Who Watches the Watchmen?” Sept. 16-22]. Your cover title "Copwatch: 11 Shootings and Counting" suggested that the police here are trigger-happy and we should be concerned. The article then had nothing to do with the shootings. While oversight and community awareness would probably be a good thing, I would much rather read a well-researched report on the frequency of officer involved shootings here and how that compares with national and annual statistics. I personally cannot find these statistics easily, so I wish your newspaper would address this issue, especially if your front page is going to suggest that we should be concerned. Are we above average per capita? If so, why? Have these shootings been found to be unjustified? Before we scapegoat the men and women we call to protect us, I would like to read an article about the subject at hand, not a misleading, inflammatory, anecdotal story about a New York couple that doesn't like APD's attitude.
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