Privacy Matters

The BPD files: when marching in the street becomes a "Homeland Security" issue

When you hear the phrase "Homeland Security," what do you think? Probably you think about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, about dirty bomb plots and threats to critical infrastructure. Maybe you think about attacks on our digital infrastructure, or "cyberwar" as the government has taken to calling it lately.

A change in tune: law enforcement now aggressively promoting retroactive surveillance capabilities of license plate readers

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Cops break the law, too: NYPD cannibalism case yet another example of why police need independent oversight

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By now you've likely heard about the story of the NYPD cop who the FBI says hatched an elaborate and horrifying plot to kidnap, torture, cook and eat 100 women, at least ten of whom he knew personally.

National Counterterrorism Center operates "Disposition Matrix" and knows everything about you

A wild Washington Post story reports that the Obama administration has been developing plans to "institutionalize" its extrajudicial assassination program. The lede is bonkers:

Terror Tuesday: Beware RomneySpeak and the new normal

Will the White House still have the equivalent of “Terror Tuesday” sessions to discuss drone “kill lists” if Mitt Romney moves in next January?

We don’t know if he would, like President Obama, personally want to doom particular individuals by signing off on hit lists. But after last night’s debate, we do know that he is a big fan of the drone strike program.

“Drones may soon buzz through local skies”

Boston Police spying on peace activists: what's the big deal?

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Keeping the national security industrial complex afloat: the great terrorism boondoggle

Today, the ACLU of Massachusetts launched its report about the spying on lawful protest activity by the Boston Police and the agents attached to its fusion center, one of those domestic surveillance hubs set up in the aftermath of 9/11 to share “terrorism-related” information.

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