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There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility Of An Armed Revolt

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity.

'I Am No One,' A Conversation with Patrick Flanery

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.11.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Andrew van der Vlies Patrick Flanery earned a B.F.A. in film at NYU and worked in the film industry before moving to the U.K, where he complet...

'We the Prisoners': The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In a carceral state--a.k.a. a prison state or a police state--there is no Fourth Amendment to protect you from the overreaches, abuses, searches and probing eyes of government overlords.

A Week in the Life of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse."--Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United Sta...

Senate Push To Expand Secretive, Warrantless Surveillance Fails... For Now

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican-backed proposal in the Senate to expand the FBI's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shoo...

Activists on Film: Police Body Cameras and the First Amendment

Brynne O'Neal | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Brynne O'Neal

As new studies cast doubt on claims that body cameras reduce violence by and against police, it is essential that police departments consider carefull...

Will Philadelphia Adhere to Decades-Old Restrictions on Police Infiltration at Upcoming DNC Protests?

Kris Hermes | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

With the Democratic National Convention (DNC) less than two months away, the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has remained virtually silent on its security plans.

Facial Recognition Will Soon End Your Anonymity in Public

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 06.06.2016 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

We accept the fact that we are constantly being recorded because we expect this to have virtually no impact on our lives. But this balance may soon be upended by advancements in facial recognition technology.

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Performed A 'Public Service'

CNN | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.30.2016 | Politics

Chicago (CNN) Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by triggering a debate over surveillance techn...

Secret Text In Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access To Email Records

The Intercept | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals...

What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Long gone are the days when the path to the White House was open to anyone who met the Constitution's bare minimum requirements of being a natural bor...

Shame On the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza.

Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

The Wall Street Journal | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.08.2016 | Technology

Social media firm cuts access to Dataminr, a service used to identify unfolding terror attacks, political unrest...

Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In the American police state, the price to be paid for speaking truth to power (also increasingly viewed as an act of treason) is surveillance, censor...

Exploring an Enlightened Consciousness Around Terrorism

Annette Blum | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Annette Blum

These days, major terrorist events might only make the news for a few days, or only hours. We are flooded with an unprecedented amount of disturbing imagery, and in many corners of the world, people have become immune to the harshness of death and distrust.

It's Not Your Grandma's Data

Irene Aldridge | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Once upon a time, or, more precisely, just some 20 years ago, "data" was a term reserved for magnetic tapes and numerous governance committees, engage...

Saint or Sinner, Government Eyes Are Watching Every Move You Make

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Government eyes are watching you. They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up...

Uncle Sam Wants You... to Spy on Other Students

Alan Singer | Posted 04.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The F.B.I. has introduced an interactive online program called "Don't Be a Puppet" for teachers and students to help them identify potential violent extremists.

Apple v. the FBI: Is the Fight Over?

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Yolanda Rondon

The Apple case brought to the forefront an ongoing debate of the balance between national security and civil liberties. Partly, because Apple decided to fight back and has the resources to actually do so. But the battle over civil liberties has been brewing for some time.

United States v. Apple

Rumni Saha | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Rumni Saha

The pen is indeed mightier than the sword and goes to show that every issue, however divisive, can be resolved peacefully. So in the end whether we side with or disagree with Apple, it is a joy and a privilege to see America's forefathers' inalienable dreams bear fruit.

Crucified for the Crime of Extremism: Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age.

Court Offers Rare Opportunity for Public Comment on NYPD Spying

Kris Hermes | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Perhaps the most notorious perpetrators of unwarranted spying on Americans is the New York Police Department (NYPD), which continues to establish questionable counter-terrorism and counterintelligence units to spy on New Yorkers despite being repeatedly sued over it.

Apple's Backdoor

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 03.16.2016 | Technology
Reinier de Graaf

Today, when the average consumer database is hacked, the worst possible outcome is a loss of money and dignity. In the future, on an individual level, implanted medical devices could be caused to malfunction, and smart buildings, for all their intelligence, could become vulnerable to sabotage.

'Off the Grid,' A Conversation With C.J. Box

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.08.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

C.J. Box, the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen Joe Pickett novels, has millions of fans. In addition to the Joe Pickett series, he's written five standalones, and a short story collection, Shots Fired.

Why Won't Bernie Sanders Support Edward Snowden?

Taylor Gipple | Posted 03.05.2016 | Politics
Taylor Gipple

I'm not surprised that none of the candidates have spoken in favor of Snowden, but I just thought that if there was someone who would stand up for him, it would be Bernie Sanders.