Privacy Matters

They knew our secrets. One year later, we know theirs.

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One year ago this week, the world was shaken with the first bombshell report from the Edward Snowden disclosures. The NSA and FBI, we learned, were collecting records of every phone call made in the United States.

It's not just drones: FBI used single engine plane to monitor Tsarnaev associate in April 2013

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Snowden leak: NSA harvests face prints from private communications

Horror: SWAT team throws flash bang grenade in child's crib, it explodes in his face

The drug war has claimed another casualty.

19 month old baby Bou Bou Phonesavanh is in a medically induced coma in critical condition, suffering from severe burns and wounds after a Georgia SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade into his crib. The grenade exploded in the baby’s face.

Snowden on NBC: I can't come home but at least I can sleep at night

Boston "fusion center" kept records about the political activity of (now Mayor) Marty Walsh

Image: MartyWalsh.org

Among the thousands of pages of Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents released to the Partnership for Civil Justice Funds detailing fusion center monitoring of Occupy protesters is this gem (page 623):

A modest proposal: Stop spying on dissidents and invest "homeland security" money in climate change response

Flooding in Massachusetts during Hurricane Sandy. Image: The Birkes.

Documents show Boston's "antiterrorism" fusion center obsessively documented Occupy Boston

The remains of the Occupy Boston camp at Dewey Square, after the final police raid.

No, Massachusetts state law does not require people to carry identification

Yikes.

MIT made a whopping misstatement of law when its Commencement page erroneously said: "Visitors to Massachusetts should be advised that state law requires adults in public places to carry government-issued photo ID."

The university fixed the error when a concerned alum objected. Thankfully, we don’t (yet) live in a Stasi-state where government officials can demand "your papers please." No thanks to MIT.

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