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  • The UN announced it is looking into the US drone program's legality.
  • A jury decided it was constitutional for the City of Tacoma to ban backpacks at an anti-war protest in 2007.
  • The LAPD is frequently using a secretive cellphone surveillance device called the StingRay -- developed for counterterrorism -- on run-of-the-mill criminal investigations. Separately, the FBI has been less than forthcoming in response to a FOIA request about its use of StingRays.
  • Alex Gibney says Julian Assange's criticisms of his new documentary are off-base.