Privacy Matters

After admitting it doesn't know who built marathon bombs, FBI has nothing new to report on the matter

Independent researcher Adam Johnson emailed the FBI this morning to ask them about who built the bombs that detonated at the Boston marathon in April 2013. The Bureau and DOJ have admitted in court that they do not know who built the bombs, or where they were built.

Here's the exchange:

Oakland police are using high-tech tool to monitor black people's driving habits

When Massachusetts-based reporter Shawn Musgrave obtained some of the Boston Police Department's license plate reader data, he found that police appeared to be targeting working class and black neighborhoods with the controversial surveillance tool.

See through the wall sensors came to US police from military

Those through-the-wall sensors police and federal agents have been using for years in secret? Like drones and other surveillance technologies, they migrated back to the United States from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Could the Olympic 'security' zone encompass the entire City of Boston?

Photo: Gabe Camacho

Murder in Guantanamo

My Lai massacre, 1968. Ronald B.Haeberle/Wikicommons. Public domain.

Massachusetts state police take dodging public records requests to strange new low

The Massachusetts state public records law is among the weakest in the nation. But even the toothless statute doesn't allow for flagrantly improper behavior like this, via the Bay State Examiner:

Boston police special operations officers refuse to answer questions about mysterious van at Black Lives Matter protest

Help! What is this thing? Spotted at the Black Lives Matter protest today in Boston, on a truck with commercial plates. I saw the same piece of technology at an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York in 2012, and wrote about it here. I'm still not clear on what, exactly, it's for.

British spy agency sees investigative journalists akin to dangerous terrorists

GCHQ. Photo credit.

James Comey is outraged about anonymous quotes

The Director of the FBI, James Comey, is outraged that the New York Times  gave an al Qaeda official anonymity to discuss the Paris attacks. Outraged!

From the Times:

35 former GITMO prison guards look to become police officers in Massachusetts

Are you a former GITMO prison guard? Do you want to become a police officer in Massachusetts? There's a fast track for that.

For $2,500, returning GITMO guards can attend a police training workshop facilitated by a Worcester police officer who also works for the Massachusetts National Guard. The training program is hosted by the Worcester Police Department, which reportedly expects to recruit from among the graduates.

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