Privacy Matters

License plate readers, drones and the Katz test

Late last week the Congressional Research Service published a report, "Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses." I haven't gotten a chance to read through the entire thing yet, but a couple of interesting things jump out right off the bat.

Among them:

The biometrics future is now

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Iris scans; face, palm and finger prints; ear patterns; gait and voice recognition; and tattoos and scars: these are among the biometric and physical indicators that the federal government wants to collect in order to identify us -- even without our permission or our knowledge. 

Charlotte activist held on $10,000 bail for revoked license, told he is on "terror" watch list

A strange thing happened in Charlotte during the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. James Ian Tyson, a local activist, was on his way to a counter-DNC protest when he was arrested for driving with a revoked license. Police held him on a $10,000 cash bond, a highly unusual sum for such a minor crime.

Obama 2004 vs. Obama 2012

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President Obama on the campaign trail: No comment on drones

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Juice Rap News takes on the surveillance state

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Usually this blog is all Serious Stuff. Here, have a dose of humor to go along with it. The geniuses at Juice Rap News bring us: Big Brother is WWWatching You.

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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