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Covert police unit spied on trade union members, whistleblower reveals | UK news | The Guardian

He was part of the covert Metropolitan police unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), that monitored hundreds of political groups between 1968 and 2008. Last night, Francis gave a statement to a packed meeting in Parliament that marked the launch of a new book about the blacklisting of thousands of workers by multi-national construction firms. […]

CIA Gave Cops Secret Technology to Spy on Cell Phones / Sputnik International

The sharing of strategies and technologies demonstrates the influence of intelligence agencies and the military on domestic law enforcement practices since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The planes used by the US Marshals Service — under the Department of Justice — fly from five cities with a flight range covering nearly the entire US. The aspect of the technology which most troubles civil liberties advocates that it […]

Jackson Co. sheriff’s deputy fired for racial threats

David begins threatening and insulting Slater, and the two exchange heated words. Slater reportedly gives his address to David, then says, “You about to come to a f—–g paid police officer’s house. I get paid to beat up n—-rs like you.” He later provides his badge number for proof he is a cop. Slater’s address […]

Beyond Drones: The Next-Generation of Autonomous Weapons Cannot be Developed in Secrecy | Just Security

It’s no secret that the United States and other nations are pouring billions of dollars into developing lethal robots capable of making their own targeting decisions that operate everywhere from aircraft carriers to land and under the oceans. These machines have been developed in conjunction with a suite of top-secret digital weapons and intelligence gathering tools that do everything from turn domestic […]

MPs ‘dismayed’ that police continue to compile database of faces | Technology | The Guardian

In a report into use of biometric data, the Commons Science and Technology Committee said it was “dismayed” to learn that more than 12m photographs had been entered into the Police National Database without proper testing or oversight. It also noted that current practice appeared to flout a high court ruling from 2012 that said […]

You’re always shedding DNA, and now the police can use it as evidence | The Verge

When the conviction was first challenged, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals told The Baltimore Sun, “The police would have analyzed the fingerprints to reveal their identifying characteristics and compared them to any fingerprint evidence collected at the victim’s home,” she wrote. “The only distinction that reasonably can be drawn […]

Prosecutors criticize D.C. crime lab’s handling of some DNA evidence – The Washington Post

Officials at the Department of Forensic Sciences, which is located in a $220 million facility that opened in 2012, defend their work and say disagreements among scientists in the field are not uncommon. The dispute has essentially created a standoff between the city-run lab and federal prosecutors in the nation’s capital. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. ­Machen […]

The Justice Department also says Ferguson police tolerated sexual harassment of female officers – The Washington Post

However, tucked away in a footnote toward the end of the report, investigators also described another troubling trend: Evidence suggested that the department, which included very few female police officers, “tolerates sexual harassment by male officers.” While this fact is not given the same attention as the other issues uncovered by investigators, it is offered less […]

Company Asks Cops to Keep Use of License Plate Trackers Secret | American Civil Liberties Union

The demand that cops don’t discuss surveillance technology with members of the media absent Vigilant’s permission likely can’t be obeyed by officials unless they want to risk running afoul of open records laws, which don’t provide an exemption for records corporations would like to keep secret from the public.But the demand is indicative of a […]

Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling – The Washington Post

The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns. The Virginia legislature approved a bill Friday increasing the training and regulation […]

Video Shows Los Angeles Police Shooting That Killed A Homeless Man – BuzzFeed News

Witnesses identified the man by his street name, “Africa,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Witnesses said he had been living in a tent on Skid Row for several months and had spent some time in a mental health facility. There have been 12 fatal officer-involved incidents in downtown Los Angeles since 2000, according to […]

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? | UK news | The Guardian

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior […]

Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo | US news | The Guardian

The Guardian examined thousands of court documents from Chicago and interviewed two dozen people with experience at Guantánamo and in the Chicago criminal-justice system. The results of its investigation suggests a continuum between Guantánamo interrogation rooms and Chicago police precincts. Zuley’s detective work, particularly when visited on Chicago’s minority communities, contains a dark foreshadowing of […]

Equation Group: NSA-linked spying team have software to hack into any computer – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent

The group’s tools are complicated and expensive to develop, the report said. They are used to infect victims and steal their data, and are developed to go unnoticed.Most of the tools are Trojans, which are implanted secretly on users’ computers and then give the group access to them.Once a drive is infected, the only way […]

Meet the serial failures in charge of protecting America’s online privacy | PandoDaily

Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago. The language, known as the “180-day rule,” allows government officials to treat any emails, text messages or documents stored on […]

Driver Beaten, Arrested as Cops Heard Saying “Turn Off Dashcam” (VIDEO) / Sputnik International

The video also shows Officer Nathaniel Burkemper arguing with Buford before dragging out of the car, then several police officers rushing in and repeatedly shocking him with a taser. After the suspect was handcuffed, officers attempted to get him on his feet, that’s when an officer identified as Kelli Swinton is heard saying, “we’re red […]

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