Privacy Matters

Senator Coburn says we need to act on fusion center report, and a modest proposal towards that end

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Remember that Senate subcommittee for investigations report on fusion centers? The one that said that they produce "a bunch of crap," waste our money, duplicate anti-terrorism efforts and invade our privacy? 

Overlooked during the election campaigns: government surveillance

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Utterly absent from the national debate surrounding the presidential elections yesterday was any mention of the ongoing and worsening federal attacks on our personal privacy.

Terror Tuesday: Turning back from the abyss

On this Election Day 2012 let us pause to remember what the national security landscape was like four years ago in the months before Barack Obama was elected president. 

Sunlight on surveillance (of city officials) leads to policy debate around license plate readers

An amazing thing is happening in Minneapolis. 

Back in August 2012, a local reporter filed public records requests to the Minneapolis PD for license plate data the department captured on a number of high profile people, including the Mayor. The newspaper published 41 data hits it held on the Mayor's city car -- it even mapped them online (see below). (You can click on each hit to see the time and date for each capture.)

"The House I Live In" opens tonight in Cambridge

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"The House I Live In," a 2012 Grand Jury Sundance award-winning documentary about the drug war, opens tonight in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ACLU of Massachusetts is proud to co-sponsor the screening tonight at Kendall Square cinema, where Director Eugene Jarecki will answer questions after the film.

The xx - Night Time - Surveillance

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Wyden pledges to put a hold on Big Brother spying act, other news

Boston to host "Urban Shield" training operations this weekend

Boston residents! This weekend you might notice some weird stuff going on. Most likely, the SWAT raid, hostage-type freaky scenarios you may come across on November 3 or 4 will be fake. "Urban Shield Boston 2012" is coming to town.

Police militarization in Colorado: Cops in fatigues toting automatic weapons disperse anti-eviction activists

"Be advised that everybody on the property is trespassing." So said a Creek County Sheriff Department officer as he ordered activists off of private property yesterday.

US Supreme Court casts doubt on ability of Muslims to get a fair trial

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By Victoria Brittain

Guest blogger Victoria Brittain is the author of the forthcoming book Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror (Pluto Press).

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