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CFS seizes a Manitoba newborn a day, First Nations advocate says

Manitoba’s First Nations children’s advocate says social workers are seizing an average of one newborn baby a day and “shoving them anywhere.” Source: CFS seizes a Manitoba newborn a day, First Nations advocate says

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Now the police can tase, tear gas and shoot your Black ass from the sky and not have to deal with lawsuits.Bruce Burkett of North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and allow “Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, […]

LAPD & Chicago bought “Stingrays on steroids” with asset-forfeiture & DHS money – Boing Boing

The main difference between the Harris and Digital Receiver Technology devices, Martinez said, is the ability of the most sophisticated Digital Receiver Technology devices to simultaneously break the encryption of communications from hundreds of cellphones at once. A 2011 purchase order for this equipment by the Washington Headquarters Services, a branch of the Pentagon, states […]

Petition Update · Sandra Bland Activists Interview Waller County Sheriff. Get Arrested. Twitter Springs Into Action! · Change.org

Well not only did they manage to talk to actual current inmates, former inmates…obtain the actual plastic trash bags used within the jail (to see if an adult human being could reasonably ‘hang’ him or herself with the type of bags used in the facility as the county is claiming Ms. Bland allegedly did)…they scored […]

Obama administration spied on German media, government – CNNPolitics.com

On Thursday, the German government’s intelligence coordinator, Günter Heiss, testified before a parliamentary investigative committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, focused on the activities of the U.S. National Security Agency’s spying on Germany and the knowledge and/or role of German intelligence, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND.That the NSA was spying in German officials is not […]

Police Officer Shooting At Dog Hits Nearby Toddler, Leaves ‘Without Offering Help’

Ava Ellis was hit accidentally on the afternoon of June 19 when an officer fired at a charging dog at a home in Whitehall, in central Ohio, according to Columbus police. The department said another relative had flagged down the officer for help after the girl’s mother cut herself on glass.Ava’s parents, Andrea and Brad […]

Deleting your browser history could land you 20 years in prison

There are numerous entirely legitimate reasons to turn private browsing on or opt to clear history. For example, many people prefer to research medical problems privately to protect their privacy. Young people looking for sexual health resources often clear their history to avoid attracting attention from their parents, as do those looking for help with […]

Tracking People By Smart Phone Accelerometers – Schneier on Security

Abstract: Motion sensors (e.g., accelerometers) on smartphones have been demonstrated to be a powerful side channel for attackers to spy on users’ inputs on touchscreen. In this paper, we reveal another motion accelerometer-based attack which is particularly serious: when a person takes the metro, a malicious application on her smartphone can easily use accelerator readings […]

NSA Running a Massive IDS on the Internet Backbone – Schneier on Security

The effort is the latest known expansion of the N.S.A.’s warrantless surveillance program, which allows the government to intercept Americans’ cross-border communications if the target is a foreigner abroad. While the N.S.A. has long searched for specific email addresses and phone numbers of foreign intelligence targets, the Obama administration three years ago started allowing the […]

Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources – The Intercept

But we realized from the start that the debate provoked by these disclosures would be at least as much about journalism as privacy or state secrecy. And that was a debate we not only anticipated but actively sought, one that would examine the role journalism ought to play in a democracy and the proper relationship […]

What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy | Pew Research Center

Overall, Americans hold nuanced views on the issue: A majority is against the government collecting bulk data on its citizens, and most believe there are not adequate limits on the types of data collected. But Americans do generally support monitoring the communications activity of suspected terrorists.The expiring Section 215 of the Patriot Act enables the […]

If you’re a CIA employee it’s ok to torture people, but talk to a reporter? Go to jail. – Boing Boing

The Sterling case – – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell […]

Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole $60 From His Wallet

Much of the criticism of civil forfeiture has been focused on instances of law enforcement officers taking cash — and often fairly small sums of cash — they suspect is tied to criminal activity. The process doesn’t require law enforcement to have any proof of a connection to a crime, and allows them to file […]

County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant | Ars Technica

Stingrays, or cell-site simulators, can be used to determine location by spoofing a cell tower, but they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone as well as information from other phones within the vicinity. For years, federal and local law enforcement have […]

Justice For Felix Garcia-Imprisoned for 30 years & INNOCENT! | Prison Reform Movement’s Weblog

“He thinks hearing people are so smart, he wants to compete that he’s smart too,” said Bliss. “He’d just smile and nod, pretending he understood everything so he wouldn’t appear stupid.” Thirty-two years ago, Felix Garcia took the stand, answering questions that he later said he couldn’t hear or understand. He later said he was […]

Una muestra de arte recrea la celda diminuta donde el fallecido Herman Wallace pasó 42 años aislado | Democracy Now!

Hablamos con la artista Jackie Sumell de Nueva Orleans sobre su colaboración con el ex preso y miembro de la agrupación Panteras Negras, Herman Wallace. Como Democracy Now! informó en octubre de 2013, Wallace murió días después de ser liberado de casi 42 años en aislamiento, tras la anulación de su condena. Era uno de […]

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