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More police departments considering the use of drones – baltimoresun.com

But uncertainty over federal regulations, concern about privacy issues and other factors have slowed many agencies from acquiring the unmanned aircraft.”There are still many unanswered questions into the future of drone use and how the [Federal Aviation Administration] will regulate those efforts,” said Harford County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler. The agency recently launched its […]

How the US’s terrorism watchlists work – and how you could end up on one | World news | theguardian.com

Yet the ease with which someone can be placed on US watchlists and terrorism databases contrasts markedly with the impact placement has. A long-withheld document published on Wednesday by the Intercept detailing the guidelines for placement shows that the standards for inclusion are far lower than probable cause, and the ability for someone caught in […]

BBC News – Ex-US Navy officer who spied for Soviets dies in prison

The breach was considered among the largest leaks of military secrets in US history at the time.Walker pleaded guilty in 1985, in a deal to gain a lighter sentence for his son, who was released in 2000 after serving 15 years in prison.The spy ring began when Walker walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington […]

This Installation’s Approach Towards Public Surveillance Data? Shred Everything | The Creators Project

“The surveillance of the general public and the corollary collection of data is increasing rapidly with the further development of today’s possibilities. It stands in-between the promise of safety and the urge to control. More and more public spaces are being pre-preemptively observed by surveillance cameras around the clock, just like data contents and consumer […]

Senate hearing to examine militarization of local and state police in Ferguson | Washington Watch | McClatchy DC

The Democratic senator had called for police in Ferguson to “demilitarize” their response to protestors after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman on Aug. 9.Chaired by McCaskill, the Senate’s subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight will use the hearing to review federal programs that provide surplus military equipment to […]

Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year | FiveThirtyEight

Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). That data point has appeared with heavy caveats in a string of media reports, including in USA Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Washington […]

Glide — In the Moment: Glide Verifies Ferguson Shooting Recording

While tragedy is never good news, and our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, this incident underscores how technology is changing the landscape of not only journalism, but also criminology. A Glide user living nearby (whose identity is being protected) was simply using the Glide app on their smartphone exactly as it […]

Iowa Legislator Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes from #RonPaul’s Campaign | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Sorenson admitted to Justice Department prosecutors that he accepted a total of $73,000 in bribes from Paul’s campaign and lied about it to investigators. In the plea agreement, Sorenson said he received the money in large checks and $8,000 monthly installments from October to December 2011, when he was still named Bachmann’s state chairman, and […]

Reporter Annoyed To Discover He Doesn’t Own Facts; Suggests ‘Global Paywall’ For Reporters Like Himself | Techdirt

Hey, we’ve all been there. I’ve had plenty of stories that I’ve written get rewritten and repurposed by other, much bigger sites and then watched those sites get all the traffic. It happens. Of course, sometimes it’s happened the other way as well, in which we get traffic that we probably don’t deserve after we […]

PressTV – US police force have become militarized: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Rickard, former American intelligence linguist from Orlando, about American protesters once again taking to the streets in Missouri, demanding justice for an unarmed black teen killed by a white policeman and an end to racial discrimination.What follows is an approximate transcription of the interviewPress TV: Mr. Rickard, […]

Disney files patent applications to use drones in its theme parks – Orlando Sentinel

One of the applications is for a multi-drone system that would hold aloft a projection screen for a nighttime display. Such a display would utilize what Disney calls “flixels,” which is an Imagineer word creation for “floating pixels,” according to the background information Disney submitted.In the second patent application, Disney said “the UAVs execute the […]

Cyber attack reveals data on at least 25,000 workers at the US Department of Homeland Security | The Verge

The data is so complete because the hack targeted a company named US Investigations Services, or USIS, which handles background checks for agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security. The breach specifically included information on employees at the agency’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection departments, according to Reuters. It […]

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