Arab? Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Exercise Your Rights

In this send-up of “Monopoly,” players don’t pass “Go” and they don’t go directly to jail â?? they go to Guantanamo Bay.

Instead of losing cash for landing on certain squares, they lose civil liberties. And the “Mr. Monopoly” character at the center of the board is replaced by a scowling former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

“Patriot Act: The Home Version” pokes fun at “the historic abuse of governmental powers” by the recently renewed anti-terrorism law. But while it may be fun, creator Michael Kabbash, a graphic artist and Arab civil rights advocate, is serious about how he feels the law has curtailed Americans’ freedom.

The object of the game is not to amass the most money or real estate, but to be the last player to retain civil liberties. [read]

The playing board also consists of spaces marked FBI, Homeland Security, Airport Security Screening, Pro War and Anti War spaces and a Free Speech Zone. What happens to the players on each space depends on their Security Profile and how many Civil Liberties they are in possession of.

Detail of playing pieces cast in pewter.

From Left:
â?¢ Oil Well
â?¢ The Constitution
â?¢ Talk Radio Microphone
â?¢ Cowboy Hat
â?¢ Airplane
â?¢ Corporate Contributor

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