FBI releases Bill Clinton closed case file. Are you up on the east coast and seeing this?https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-releases-bill-clinton-closed-case-files-days-232844166.html Washington (AFP) - The FBI has unexpectedly released … [Read more...]
23 Million Years of Data Per Year: Why The Surveillance State Cannot Meaningfully Assess Terrorism Risks
[Cross-posted at Digital Fourth] The NSA has just vigorously denied that their new Utah Data Center, intended for storing and processing intelligence data, will be used to spy on US citizens. The center will have a capacity of at … [Read more...]
Reflecting on Aaron Swartz’s Death
Aaron's death teaches us an important lesson about how the law operates here in 21st-century America. He was not the only local activist to be unnecessarily persecuted by government agencies. Laws relating to our Internet activities have … [Read more...]
On Reopening For Business, Or, What? No Flying Cars?
So I took a bit of a break this past month, and I figured by the time I came back y’all would have things sorted out: people would be surely by flying around with jet packs by now, God would have sent fires and floods to smite the … [Read more...]
Whitey Bulger and Pakistan
Do you remember the indignation at Pakistan's government after the killing of Osama bin Laden? The common reaction was: either the Pakistanis knew where he was, in which case they were duplicitous, or they didn't know where he was, in which … [Read more...]
Better a Safe Subject?
How did Americans become some groveling servants? Even the apparently blustering, gun-in-pocket wingers bend over for the swift kicks from the TSA and other hectoring oppressors. Only the latest catalyst for that question was the … [Read more...]
Hate is here in my neighborhood too.
With all the news media about personal attacks and hate directed toward Muslims, and with the many discussions we've had about it on this site, religious hate has never hit this close to home. My eyes are opened now. From Masslive.com It's … [Read more...]
Three Little Letters Lowell Doesn’t Want to Hear: FBI
Cross-posted from Blue News Tribune. I don't often read the Lowell Sun. But it's must-see this week. LOWELL -- For the most part, City Councilors were guarded yesterday in their comments regarding the city's 10-page investigatory report … [Read more...]
The ACLU and others condemn the guidelines as a major step backward toward FBI abuses of the past, such as surveillance of civil rights and anti-war activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In August, we urged people to contact … [Read more...]
Kennedy takes lead against new FBI spying powers
The only good news is that, last week, along with Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.), Sen. Richard Durbin (Ill.), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Sen. Kennedy signed a letter asking Mukasey to delay issuing the new guidelines until they have … [Read more...]