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Pitfalls of the surveillance state: lessons from Boston

"Data-sharing troubles raise questions in Marathon case" – this Boston Globe headline should surprise no one.

FBI sought warrant to install malware on computer

Can the FBI get a warrant to install malware on a computer it suspects is tied to criminal activity because of an IP address? Perhaps, but a Texas judge has denied one particular warrant application seeking permission to do so. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Terror Tuesday: As despair and anger mount at US ‘war on terror’ policies, all eyes turn to Boston

In the aftermath of the terrible attack on the Boston Marathon, the federalized, paramilitarized multi-agency policing apparatus whose post 9/11 evolution has been a frequent focus of this website was on full display in the streets of Watertown, Cambridge and Boston.

Court seizes Barrett Brown's defense fund

Join us: Jeremy Scahill, Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman in Cambridge 4/27

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Please join us for a discussion Jeremy Scahill’s important new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books, April 23, 2013).

The haves and the have-nots in secretive America

We have just learned from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that 4,917,751 US citizens now have either confidential, secret or top secret security clearance. That’s more than seven times the population of Boston.

Bloomberg: NYPD officers deployed to Boston fusion center

Industry: biometrics business valued at $10 billion by 2018

According to a new report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the President and CEO of biometrics firm SmartMetric posits that the industry will be worth $10 billion by 2018. 

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