Privacy Matters

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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Rep. Katherine Clark: USA FREEDOM weakened, doesn't stop bulk collection

Here's a statement from Massachusetts congresswoman Katherine Clark, who had originally signed on as a co-sponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act, back when it meant meaningful NSA reform.

Leaks and the Tsarnaev trial: blind justice?

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New policy on FBI recordngs likely won't affect Muslims and dissidents

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Fusion center in California refuses to accept public records request, slams door in activists' faces

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NSA records hundreds of millions of phone calls and can rewind to listen on a "hunch"

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We need to know why DHS is an NSA intelligence "customer", and what that means

We've heard it a million times: the government failed to "connect the dots" after 9/11. While this is a very simplistic (and arguably false) summation of the main intelligence failures that led to the attacks, it has nonetheless largely shaped US intelligence and law enforcement policy in the ensuing decade plus.

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