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Ferguson, MO police fingerprint children—but they are hardly alone

Police militarization conference not welcome in Oakland again, says mayor

Paramilitary police at Urban Shield gather and shop for surveillance equipment, weapons, and disturbing t-shirts

Los Angeles rapper references Stingray cell phone surveillance in song about Ezell Ford and police violence

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Militarized police can purchase "187" murder t-shirts at Urban Shield trainings

On the weekend of September 5, 2014, the city of Oakland will play host to Alameda County’s 8th annual festival for paramilitary police, called Urban Shield. A private corporation called Cytel Group organizes the events with funds from the Department of Homeland Security. Thus far they've been held in the Bay Area, Boston, and Texas, but the CEO of the for-profit Cytel says he has plans to expand into the Middle East and Africa.

Want to keep your cell phone information private? That'll cost you $3,500

Your phone can be easily hacked by government or non-state actors. Probably no one at your cell phone company has warned you about this, but it's true.

A cogent and concise argument in favor of legalizing drugs—all of them

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Economics professor Jeffrey Miron explains why legalizing all drugs is a good idea.

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