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Authoritarianism in black and white, printed in the Washington Post

Today the Washington Post published this, written by a former cop who now teaches something called "homeland security" at a for-profit online university:

Women bring challenge against London police for sending undercover officers to have sex with them

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Sounds like President Obama isn't sure arming local cops like militaries after 9/11 was the best idea, after all

President Obama is a little late, but better late than never. In a press conference on Ferguson (and Iraq) today, he spoke to DHS funding of local law enforcement after 9/11. It almost sounds like he read some of the ACLU's work on this issue.

"I think it's probably useful for us to review how the funding has gone, how local law enforcement has used grant dollars—to make sure the stuff they're purchasing is stuff they actually need," he said.

Don't miss John Oliver on Ferguson and police violence

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John Oliver looks at Ferguson and police violence against black people in the United States. He's not impressed.

Drug Enforcement Administration pays nearly $1 million for passenger data it could have gotten for free

A drug warrior posing with plants.

The nation's premiere drug war agency paid an Amtrak employee nearly one million dollars in government funds in exchange for passenger information the spies could have gotten for free. The Amtrak employee sold passenger data to the DEA "regularly" since 1995. And we only know about it because Amtrak—not the DEA—told the public.

Savage violence against young black men in America must end

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Private Westlake mall security pepper-sprayed and then arrested a young black male bystander at a Palestine justice demonstration in Seattle, Washington this week. The video above shows what happened right after the young man was sprayed in his eyes with the chemical weapon.

Huh? Federal Aviation Administration bans flights over Ferguson

File under "ominous events": the FAA is banning low-flying flights over Ferguson, Missouri. What the heck could this mean?

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