Privacy Matters

Terror Tuesday: Door slams shut on accountability

Since last Terror Tuesday, the country has experienced a watershed moment. 

Attorney General Holder’s announcement on August 30 that the door was being closed on the last chance to hold CIA officials responsible for torture might seem more of a foregone conclusion than a critical turning point for the nation.

The Democratic party platform and civil liberties

Anarchists the focus, while the racist poison spreads

Sascha Schneider, Der Anarchist, 1894

Tampa did not live up to the law enforcement playbook.

Austin detective infiltrated Occupy movement, allegedly provided activists with "criminal instruments"

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DOJ: No charges for torture, killing of CIA detainees

Here's a study in contrast: The Obama administration's Department of Justice is prosecuting someone for telling the public about CIA torture, and has let the CIA off the hook entirely not only for its torture regime but also for the killing of detainees in its custody.

Disclosures about torture are unacceptable. The torture (leading to death) itself? No matter.

Why so few demonstrators at the RNC?

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Censorship at Apple: No drone strike notification app for iPhone users

UPDATE: The app's creator, Josh Begley, tweeted this today. Apple doesn't seem to have a problem with drone apps, after all. 

The GOP platform and civil liberties

The Republican party issued its official platform for the RNC 2012. A number of statements are relevant to the Privacy Matters we discuss here, so let's take a look. 

Terror Tuesday: Standing up for the Constitution

Remember the posturing at the start of the 112th Congress when Republicans ostentatiously wrapped themselves in an (edited) version of the US Constitution?

Militarized police encounter few protesters in Tampa

The federal government flooded Tampa with $50 million for weapons, high-tech CCTV cameras and other police and surveillance costs associated with this week's Republican National Convention.

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