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Happy Halloween from the ACLU. Watch out for the data snatchers. Unlike ghosts, they are all too real.
File under "I wish I were making this up":
The DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) website brags that DOJ bought a whole lot of GPS trackers for police in 2013. But the way DOJ describes the transfer of surveillance technology to local cops is maybe even more disturbing than the largely secret funding itself:
Tracking Devices for Vulnerable Populations:
Just heard the police are using plate scanners to look for warrants and gather info on protestors please be careful. #Ferguson
In the US system of government, is the president the decider on matters related to foreign policy and 'national security'? No, says Tufts University professor and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee legal counsel Michael Glennon.
In September 2014, the University of Massachusetts at Boston held a terrorism conference where academics, police officers, FBI agents, and officials from private consulting agencies shared information about (mostly Muslim) terrorism research and threats. Among the talks and presentations at the event was this one:
Boston will be a launching site for the Department of Justice’s “countering violent extremism” (CVE) program. Yet the CVE model is not based on sound evidence. In the U.K., such programs have chilled Muslims’ freedom of speech and worship and have divided communities. How will CVE affect our city?
Today in Boston, federal Judge George O’Toole Jr. said jury selection in the Tsarnaev trial should begin on January 5. Outside the court house a number of people protested. Among them was the mother in law of Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by law enforcement in his Orlando apartment in May 2013.