The crowning achievement in my work towards that degree is my Senior Project, "In Defense of the Fourth Amendment: Ensuring U.S. National Security and Protecting the Citizens’ Right to Privacy in a World with International Terrorism." The final product is not all that it could be, but such projects never are. At some point, the author chooses to stop, not because the work is complete, but rather because, for whatever reason, he is satisfied with it. Indeed, while it is far from perfect, I am satisfied with this thesis and welcome you to read it. It is available here.
The thesis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
26 May 2009
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 2:31 AM
29 April 2009
I very much need to regroup. In the interest of doing so, I will be making a conscious effort to avoid thinking about or discussing my thesis for the next week. I'll post a copy then. But, for the time being, I need to put some distance between myself and the project.
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 8:14 PM
06 February 2009
In order to protect American citizens’ Fourth amendment protections against illegal search and seizure through warrantless wiretapping, statutory reforms should be implemented vis-à-vis the intelligence community to make it prohibitively difficult for the President of the United States to secretly engage in warrantless wiretapping.
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 6:07 AM
04 February 2009
21 months later, on September 11, 2001, the men, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, would be two of 19 men to perpetrate the deadliest terrorist attack in history.
The response of the U.S. government to 9/11 has been vast in scope. In addition to a military response and the detention of suspected terrorists, President Bush authorized the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), a wiretapping program run by the NSA that bypassed the existing legal framework to permit surveillance of nearly any individual, including American citizens, without a warrant.
Over the past five months, I have been working on my Senior thesis for my B.A. in American Studies from Bard College. In the thesis, I contend that President Bush's authorization of TSP constituted an illegal action. First, authorization of such a program provides for the violation of the Fourth Amendment, making the program unconstitutional. While unconstitutional Presidential actions have been tolerated during times of great crisis in the past, the current threat posed by terrorism does not constitute such a crisis. Second, Congress, through its passage of FISA in the 1970s, specifically forbade such warrantless wiretapping.
Over the coming weeks, I will use this blog as a place to offer my thoughts on the project as I develop my thesis. Hopefully, while serving as a repository for my musings, it might also serve as a testing ground for my ideas. I welcome any and all comments in response to my posts.
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 1:19 PM
01 September 2008
- Time is critical. Washing your hands should take no less than 20 seconds. The WHO estimates the whole process, from turning on the tap to turning it off, should take no more than 60 seconds.
- Be thorough. Both guides put emphasis on washing the entirety of both hands. The places most people miss? The back of the hand and in between the fingers. The WHO guide provides step-by-step instructions that cover the entire hand.
- No hot water. You should wash your hands with warm or lukewarm water. This is more of an issue of comfort than anything else. Handwashing with hot water for 20-30 seconds would be rather difficult. Furthermore, there is no evidence to suggest that using hot water is more effective than cold; time and thoroughness in washing are the major factors.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitzer instead of washing. Obviously, if your hands are soiled, you should wash them. But if the goal is just to kill germs, alcohol-based hand sanitizer does the trick.
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 5:37 AM
01 May 2008
Want lower gas prices? Drive less. Lower demand leads to lower prices. Or you could magically increase the supply of oil.
Granted my little screed has oversimplified the oil market. There are other, macroeconomic considerations (e.g., the weak dollar) that contribute to gas prices being so high. My apologies to any economists reading this.
On a lighter note, I found this during my search for a source on the aforementioned "debate."
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 10:31 AM
11 April 2008
Some musings I recorded during a meal of haddock, chips and Guinness at Heathrow:
My waitress has checked on me twice in the past five minutes. Does the proximity of a particular space to another space that is transient in nature make the first space transient by association? Applied to my meal, am I expected to leave this restaurant, which is a rather warm and fairly inviting environment, more quickly and is the service to be more harried than it usually would be, because I am in an airport?
This next month is going to be painful...this next week, too, though the distracting power of work might save me from the full brunt to the melancholic torrent that will no doubt flood my psyche in the coming days. its deluges recalling the tears shed before my departure; its winds redolent of the cool breeze that rippled through the air as I left Budapest, yet a hundred times stronger. O, the violence of raw memories.
Can't quite place that woman's accent (the waitress)...cute though...
The PA system is butchering Don McClean's one, and essentially only, hit song.
Watching darts is like watching poker or bowling. What makes a sport worthy of popular attention, anyway? Who watches darts (besides those held captive in overpriced airport restaurants)?
Beveled corners on the vinegar bottle. Hmmm...
Mar-le-na! I just met a girl named Marlena (presumably: that's the name given on my bill.)
I'm about to go to a country of loud people. A country where people tote their over-priced tri-band cellphones in hip holsters and who don't mind the fact that answering calls on wireless earpieces makes them look schizophrenic.
Posted by M. Rasbold-Gabbard at 11:54 PM