The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Saturday, March 25, 2006

I've got my eye on you, Nana, so you just mind your p's and q's.

The War on Terror is heating up. And there's still no reason for you to suspect that warrantless surveillance is being used in anything less than a responsible, thoughtful manner.

Monica Zucker and three other members of Seattle's Raging Grannies, a peace group of older women who dress in outrageous hats and sing protest songs, lifted up their voices in response Tuesday to recent Seattle P-I disclosures that they were in federal anti-terrorism files.

"Oh, we're a gaggle of grannies, urging you off of your fannies," they sang at a news conference in the downtown Seattle offices of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

Acting on behalf of the Raging Grannies and 10 other peace groups across the state, the ACLU of Washington is demanding to know whether and why federal government anti-terrorism units are spending time and money spying on peace organizations.

I'm no highly-trained federal agent, but I'm going to guess that 'Raging Grannies' is meant in an ironic manner. Like 'Rampaging Sloth.'