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Taking the whole farm: John Oliver interviews Keith Alexander

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John Oliver, formerly of The Daily Show, has his own platform now, and he's used it to get an interview with former NSA director Keith Alexander. As usual Alexander minces words and makes it seem like the NSA doesn't collect information on US persons.

Norwood police have no Google Glass policy, despite piloting the tech

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'Probably up to no good': How the CIA and local police classify and repress men of color

Words are powerful. In the context of civil liberties and state power, two phrases are particularly powerful, with sometimes devastating consequences for mostly black and brown men and boys: ‘suspected terrorist’ and ‘gang member’.

After Boston, the FBI needs tighter rules to govern investigations

Bay Area transit police conduct militarized training exercises with TSA

Screencap of KTVU coverage, courtesy @marymad

Boston has big surveillance plans ahead of the Marathon, but what happens when the crowds leave?

Surprising no one, Massachusetts police officials have announced broad new surveillance plans in advance of the 2014 Boston Marathon. There has been little public outcry. Cameras, it seems, make some people feel safe. But do they actually make us safe?

Does the suveillance state actually work to make us less safe?

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