This morning at Boston's South Station I saw surveillance cameras covered up with plastic bags. Are these new cameras that have yet to be fully unwrapped? Or did someone play a funny prank on the surveillance state? Perhaps it's an art project?
Whatever the explanation, I prefer it to the naked camera.
Newly released documents pertaining to the FBI’s surveillance of the editors of an anti-war news site shed new light on how the government has long kept the existence of information derived from foreign intelligence surveillance secret from criminal defendants.
“But this secrecy...has become a god in this country, and those people who have secrets travel in a kind of fraternity...and they will not speak to anyone else.” - Senator J. William Fulbright, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, November 1971
The next mayor of the City of Boston, who will be elected to office today, has the opportunity to stem the rising tide of an increasingly militarized police force. He should seize it.
My how Edward Snowden has changed things.
Back in 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told CNBC that "if you are doing something you don't want anybody to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
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Activist and educator Pete Tridish and friends made a spooky, surveillance and government-repression themed haunted porch for the West Philly community this Halloween. It features drones that kill people the government says are terrorists, the ghost of Steve Jobs (he wants your data), a "phishing scheme", and Total Information Awareness.
by Gavi Wolfe, Legislative Counsel, ACLU of Massachusetts
Front page, above the fold, the New York Times tells it like it is with this headline: