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Defeat for the proposed extension of the so called PATRIOT Act in the House Tuesday night made national headlines, yet the extension is set to pass by the end of the week anyway as it is brought back to the floor for another vote. But just in case anyone in Congress reaches the sudden epiphany that they are effectively voting on the Enabling Act, Big Sis Janet Napolitano has officially notified a congressional panel that the US faces the greatest possibility of a major terror attack since 9/11.
Police in the U.S. now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists, as the greatest threat to the American public. Rogelio Serrato is the latest case to be in the news of an innocent person murdered by the police. Serrato was the wrong man, but the Monterey County, California, SWAT team killed the 31-year old father of four and left the family home a charred ruin.
Episode #11: Featured Guest Catherine Bleish Hosted By: John Bush with Catherine Bleish filling in for Jason Rink. Catherine_Bleish What is a fusion center? A fusion center is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement apparatus which seeks to merge the information gathering and intelligence sharing practices of local, state, and federal law enforcement. A simple yet more [...]
alg_split_wikileaks_army_specialist_founder UPDATE: FireDogLake has posted an account of Hamsher and House’s detention at Quantico Sunday afternoon. Michael Whitney confirmed that Hamsher and House’s cars were towed, and that the two were “detained for two hours up until Manning’s visitation time period was set to expire at 3:00.” ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS BELOW Activist reporters who tried to deliver [...]
An artist who used a video camera to record being arrested by police is facing up to 15 years in prison. Chris Drew has been charged with Class 1 felony under the Eavesdropping Act in Chicago, Illinois. The bemused activist said he did not know anything about the law when he was protesting about restrictions [...]
Blackberry.jpg Ryan Radia focuses on adapting law and public policy to the unique challenges of the information age. His research areas include information privacy, telecommunications, competition policy, free speech, intellectual property, and media regulation. Radia is a frequent contributor to the Technology Liberation Front, the technology policy blog dedicated to preserving freedom and liberty in the [...]
It’s called “Cop Watching,” where people tape police officers as they make stops and arrests. Tommy Frane says it’s not that people who do the taping are against police officers, but they want to hold them accountable, like they do all public officials. But when Frane and his friend, William Kilgore, did it Saturday night, [...]
Blackberry.jpg This is one of those technology and legal stories that is hard to believe in this day and age. If you are inIllinois, you better be careful where you point your cameraphone or voice recorder. Chris Drew, a Chicago artist, and Tiawanda Moore, a former stripper, are facing up to 15 years in prison [...]
Prison.jpg The Pew Center on the States just came out with a new report analyzing national incarceration and community supervision statistics, along with an accompanying Texas state fact sheet (pdf). Bottom line: One in 31 American adults nationally are in prison, jail, on probation or on parole. In Texas, though, the ratio is much higher – one [...]
Barbara boxer.jpg In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, today Sen. Barbara Boxer called for federal regulations on concealed weapons permits, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. Arizona law allows any U.S. citizen 21 or older to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. “The kind of gun laws we have here [...]