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Snatch and grabs on video

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We've written a lot about the militarization of the police; it will continue to be an issue we highlight here and in our advocacy work for years to come.

Terror Tuesday: What is left of our Constitutional system?

Let’s go back to school for a minute. Remember learning that the United States had three separate branches of government and a system of checks and balances to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful? 

Drones crash. A lot.

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Mental health care at risk due to secret Patriot Act interpretation

Freud's sofa, image courtesy Konstantin Binder

War and security journalism 'aiding the enemy'?

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Judge holds the line against indefinite detention

On June 6, US District Judge Katherine Forrest defied the government and upheld her own preliminary injunction against part of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. 

Brooklyn Bridge suit will go forward

On October 1, 2011 the NYPD arrested 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge. Three days later many of those arrested filed a lawsuit contending that police had tricked them onto the bridge only to trap and arrest them, a tactic called 'kettling'.

Among protesters arrested that day was Malcolm Harris, the activist who is now fighting a NYC prosecutor's subpoena to Twitter for account information likely connected to his 10/1/11 disorderly conduct charge.

Programmer and activist interrogated at the border

Apparently the Department of Homeland security can't figure out how to crack CryptoCat, a free, encrypted web chat service. The programmer and digital freedom activist who designed it, Nadim Kobeissi, wrote the following tweets today describing his experience getting detained and interrogated by DHS agents at the border:

Pre-crime cameras coming to SF

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DHS northern border strategy -- June 2012

DHS has released its new "northern border strategy" -- find it here

I don't have time to read through the whole thing and analyze it now, but here are a couple of interesting finds that strike me as relevant right off the bat:

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