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Terror Tuesday accountability: score one for ongoing silence about torture, two for due process

Above: Illustration, M.V.de Fereal's "History of Inquisition." XIX. The image depicts waterboarding.

Here we go again. After a recess since last May, it’s again pretrial motion time in the slow motion trial of five Guantanamo detainees charged with plotting the 9/11 attacks.

Race and class matters: All's not equal when it comes to the government's big data habit

Above: Affected children protest the fingerscanning requirement in Jackson, MS

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Grand jury resisters, telecom immunity, the impending biometrics craze and more

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Terror Tuesday’s drone landscape: Harbingers of the future

Two events this past week – one on the ground and one in the air – foreshadow the future we face living with drones.

The “peace convoy” organized by Imran Khan, the former international cricketer who leads Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, gives us a taste of what is bound to become ever more robust anti-drone protest movement.

"We're gonna go out there, and we're gonna violate some rights"

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FOIA processes increasingly managed by private companies

A Bloomberg investigation shows that the federal government is paying a military contractor facing allegations of torture to manage some public records work. 

UK Surveillance Commissioner: face recognition HD cameras could violate human rights law

United Kingdom police are getting ready to roll-out an upgrade to the country's advanced surveillance camera system, to include face recognition "capable of identifying and tracking a person's face from half a mile away," writes The Independent. 

It’s time to pull the plug on fusion centers!

For those of us at the ACLU of Massachusetts who have been paying close attention to fusion centers ever since Governor Mitt Romney unveiled the Commonwealth Fusion Center in May 2005, there are two major surprises in the 100-page US Senate report, Federal Support for and Involvement in State and Local Fusion Centers, that was released yesterday.

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