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Be Careful What You Say, NYPD’s ShotSpotter May Be Listening – ANIMAL

The civil liberties organization Electronic Frontier Foundation has raised concerns about the system’s ability to record people’s voices. “It’s documented, and it highlights exactly what kinds of concerns we have. The capability of ShotSpotter to record voices should be a huge issue wherever it is deployed, and yet it is hardly discussed,” said Nadia Kayyali, […]

FBI Ordered by Judge to Release Files on Surveillance & Infiltration of Muslim Communities, Including Mosques | The Dissenter

For over four years, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit has unfolded as the American Civil Liberties Union chapter of Northern California, the Asian Law Caucus and the now-defunct San Francisco Bay Guardian argued for the release of records. They believe files will reveal details related to how agents have investigated mosques, “assessed” religious leaders, […]

Letter of Response to the Supreme Court regarding the detention on remand of Julian Assange – Aklagarmyndigheten

The Prosecutor-General is of the opinion that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in his absence, however would endorse the Supreme Court’s adjudication on the question. Given the fact that Julian Assange has appealed the detention on remand from the Svea Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor-General, on request, has submitted a letter of response […]

NSA trying to map Rogers, RBC communications traffic, leak shows – The Globe and Mail

Canada’s biggest bank and its largest wireless carrier are on a list of 15 entities that are visible in a drop-down menu on one of the presentation’s 40 pages. It shows part of an alphabetical list of entries beginning with the letter “R” that also includes two U.K.-headquartered companies – Rolls Royce Marine and Rio […]

Parent Sues LAUSD After Teacher Reportedly Used Racially Charged Comments In Class « CBS Los Angeles

The parent accused the teacher of using the N-word, said “black people were not smart,” as well as suggesting teen Michael Brown, shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., “got what he deserved.” Court papers obtained by City News Service show the complaint was filed by a parent identified only as Shawn […]

Ex-Staffer Slams James O’Keefe: He Crossed A Line With Vile ‘Kill Cops’ Stunt

In a Jan. 9 email addressed to Valdes, O’Keefe, and other top Project Veritas employees, the undercover operative, Mohammed Alhomsi, apparently declined to carry out the assignment. The email cited both legal concerns and concerns about the language of the script in turning down the project. That email was among those provided to TPM by […]

Company at Center of “Debtors’ Prison” Case Accused of Racketeering | Mother Jones

The suit also goes after the current contract between Clanton and JCS, alleging that their relationship violates Alabama law, which forbids city courts from charging individuals extra money for being on probation. Since 2009, Clanton has contracted with JCS to manage its pay-only probationers (individuals who are only on probation because they can’t pay their […]

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret – The Intercept

The Met said the information requested may have been “supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies” that don’t have to abide by normal transparency requirements, such as the secretive surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The Met also claimed that it “would not be in the public interest” to reveal basic information about the […]

US soldier admits killing family after raping girl | World news | The Guardian

The murders took place on March 12 in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad. Prosecutors allege that five soldiers stationed at a checkpoint there raped the girl, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, then burned her body to hide the evidence, and killed her father, mother and six-year-old sister.The alleged ringleader, Private Steven Green, was discharged from the […]

Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant | US news | The Guardian

“I don’t think they knew who I was. I think they thought I was just some rich guy who’d come on a private jet. A rapper or someone,” said Fikre. The 36-year-old Eritrean-born American was finally back in Portland at the end of a five-year odyssey that began with a simple business trip but landed […]

Sarah Silverman’s Sister Is Running in Israel’s Election to Help Topple Its Right-Wing Government | Alternet

Still, for many Israelis Meretz remains a voice for the Israeli left that feels disenfranchised by an Israeli political system that has endorsed economic inequality at home and permanent occupation of the Palestinian territories. Meretz, for example, was the only Zionist party to oppose the war in Gaza over the summer. Israel’s electoral system is […]

The Folly of Data Retention: A Fool’s Paradise in Australia

The Australian angle on this is characteristically buffoonish, finding shape in the National Data Retention Regime. It demands that telcos and internet service providers retain data for a designated period of time – at this point two years – to be made readily available for law enforcement authorities to dip into. The drafters seem oblivious […]

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