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A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.

WATCH: What Sins Of The Future Are You Committing Right Now?

Singularity University | David J. Hill | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

Odds are you're a decent, upstanding person. You abide by the laws, pay taxes, and don't rock the boat. You value security but not at the expense of p...

Prisons Without Walls: We're All Inmates in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"Free worlders" is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the "free world." However, appearances can be deceiving.

Policing Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

Alison Novak | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Alison Novak

Instead of debating the artifact of police body cameras, it may be more valuable to answer the following: If we live in a world of accepting surveillance as a part of normal 21st century life, what does this then mean for police body cameras?

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

ProPublica | Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking.

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Finally Giving Edward Snowden Credit For Patriot Act Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When several key provisions of the broad, post-9/11 surveillance law known as the Patriot Act were up for renewal five years ago, the Se...

President's Task Force a Springboard for Policing Reforms

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

While the Task Force's final report, released this week, does include some smart recommendations that could improve the criminal justice system, they missed two key opportunities to reform police practices.

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government's choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.

An Error-Riddled Tirade

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Bruce Fein

There may be more uninformed or misleading detractors of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) and the impending expiration of section 215 of the Patriot Act than Andrew C. McCarthy, but if there are, they do not readily come to mind.

White House: No 'Plan B' If Congress Fails To Act On Patriot Act

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has no backup plan if the U.S. Congress fails to act on legislation that would extend certai...

Senate Blocks NSA Reform Bill With Patriot Act In Jeopardy

AP | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a Hous...

Loretta Lynch 'Very Concerned' Over Patriot Act Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is no...

Jessica Schulberg

Richard Burr Hatches 'Win-Win' Plan To Reform NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With senators appearing steadfastly divided on whether to renew expiring Patriot Act provisions or replace them with a bill to curb gove...

Congress to Vote on Surveillance Reforms After Misuse

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.21.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Several key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, enacted in the wake of 9/11, have afforded the government considerable access to electronic communications records. Some of them expire at the end of May, and their future is mired in uncertainty.

Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It's a Cultural Disease

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While this is a grossly overdue first step of sorts, it is nevertheless a first step from an administration that has been utterly complicit in accelerating the transformation of America's police forces into extensions of the military.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Bill To Limit NSA Surveillance Will Get Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will give in to pressure and bring legislation to the floor that would limit...

Daniel Marans

Russ Feingold Was Progressive Before It Was Cool

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

On a number of key issues -- the Iraq war, surveillance, criminal justice and same-sex marriage, among others -- Republicans and Democrats alike are r...

'The Measure of Man' Premieres at Cannes: Actor Vincent Lindon Captivates as a Security Guard in a Supermarket

Karin Badt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The Measure of a Man, the story of a middle-aged man, laid off from work, determinedly seeking new employment to save his homestead, is one of the most surprising films at the Cannes festival this year.

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

Mitch McConnell Intends To Extend Surveillance Plan

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

(Adds background, White House comment.) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader ...

Congress Has A Lot To Tackle Before Another Holiday Break

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - With just five days left before a holiday break, the U.S. Congress on Monday was preparing to deal with urgent decisi...

Rand Paul Calls For End To Domestic Surveillance Program

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan PHILADELPHIA, May 18 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul girded for a fight in Congress that coul...

Alexander Howard

New Iris Recognition Tech Could Make It Easier To Catch Criminals -- Or Find Protesters

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology

Technology to identify people by matching the irises of their eyes against a database has existed for years, but a new invention could now allow us to...

'Green News Report' -- May 14, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hours after Amtrak crash, Republicans vote to cut Amtrak's budget; FBI violated its own rules to spy on Keystone XL pipeline protesters; Hawaii votes to be first in the nation to reach 100% renewable energy