That person you are arguing with in the comment section at the end of Glenn Greenwald's latest blog about the CIA’s not-so-secret operations in Pakistan may in fact work for the US government. And the corporation that's paid to do the propagandizing has previously touted its experience in identifying 'anarchist networks' and leaders in the United States.
Jalalabad, Afghanistan, seen from a DoD helicopter
"Just because I have a beard and wear a turban, does that make me part of the Taliban?"
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San Francisco band Luxxury performing live at the Bohemian Carnival event at DNA Lounge on March 17, 2007. Photo credit: JWZ.
One of the reasons civil libertarians want to make sure that law enforcement and state security agencies have sufficient external oversight is because security employees are human beings. They are therefore are flawed and make mistakes.
Sometimes their actions are even downright abusive.
A story in today's Courthouse News helpfully illustrates that not all police officers can be trusted to act responsibly on the job:
There are the dead, killed by drones. And then there are the living dead, buried alive in Guantanamo before it seemed more efficient simply to incinerate suspects.
Privacy Cat says: "U want mah emailz? Get a warrant."
Do police need a warrant to read our emails? Unfortunately, the answer to this question remains much too complex.
CrossMatch, a large biometrics firm that does millions of dollars of business with government agencies, has announced that the executive director of the National Fusion Center Association, a former DHS Grant Programs Directorate administrator, recently became an advisor to its board of directors.