Privacy Matters

Drug war provides cover for retroactive surveillance without probable cause

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Biometrics nightmare: coming to a street corner near you

Think you can escape the biometrics matrix because you've never been arrested, or because you are a US citizen? Not so fast.

Graeber, O'Brien and others on occupy and democracy

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David Graeber: "there's nothing that terrifies the American government so much as the threat of democracy breaking out in America."

The ongoing criminalization of dissent

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On May 6, 2012, an Oakland police officer shot dead Alan Blueford, a black high school student. The city held a community meeting where residents and activists voiced their outrage to police chief Howard Johnson and the city leadership. Watch the video above to see what happened that night.

#NATO3 in solitary confinement

"Principles of Control": Military civil disorder operations, then and now

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The Obama legacy: assassinations and vacuum style electronic surveillance

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Don't miss the above clip, with investigative blogger Marcy Wheeler on the US administration's assassination regime. Wheeler reminds us that when asked if the DOJ thought it legally justifiable to assassinate US citizens without due process on American soil, officials didn't provide a definitive answer.

"Dissent is what will save us."

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The majority of those incidences are baton strikes to the head and face. We saw broken collar bones, broken arms, teeth knocked out, heads bashed in, lips busted and a number of concussions."

Quitting Facebook? Good luck with that

Trying to quit Facebook because you are concerned about privacy, or you simply don't want high school classmates looking at pictures of your friends and family anymore? Good luck with that -- it might be more difficult than you thought.

"See Something, Say Something" -- unless it's omnipresent government surveillance

UPDATE: On July 2, 2012, the MBTA police Twitter account tweeted a copy of the agency's new photography policy. The policy says that people are free to take pictures at MBTA stations, but not of "designated Restricted Areas". It doesn't say that you can't go inside the restricted area to take pictures, simply that you can't take pictures of the restricted area. Does that apply even if the "Restricted Area" is within plain sight? How does that work?

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