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LAPD Turns to High Tech Surveillance To Fight Crime

ktla.com | KTLA News | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles

MISSION HILLS (KTLA) -- The LAPD has a new tool to help cut down on crime in one valley neighborhood: a $360,000 high-tech surveillance camera system....

Getting Communications Security Right

Susan Landau | Posted 06.19.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

The calculation is that on balance, the U.S. is better off with the deployment of strong cryptography than not. Each of these steps makes it easier for civilians to communicate securely.

The Surveillance Memos, and a Suggestion for Jack Goldsmith

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Last week, almost five years after we filed our request under the Freedom of Information Act request, we managed to obtain two Bush administration legal memos about government surveillance.

The FBI: Going Rogue

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Whereas the Constitution was once the rule of law, we have entered a phase in our nation's life where the government largely operates above the law. The activities of the FBI are a perfect illustration of this.

A Stronger Financial Architecture for Tomorrow's World

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Reform of the international monetary system is wide-ranging and complex. Global debate is only just starting. But we must all recognize that this is not something academic or abstract. We need concrete ideas.

Despite Harassment, Peace Activists Vow to Continue Work

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

On January 25, 2011, people gathered in cities across America to demonstrate against the ongoing harassment of peace organizations and individual acti...

Elise Foley

House Poised To Extend Patriot Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to push through a vote on Tuesday evening to reauthorize the most contested provisions of ...

The New Power Girls: Is Our Technology Development Working Against Us?

The New Power Girls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The New Power Girls

It's amazing that technology both crippled and aided an entire population all at once, which is what happened when Egypt blocked Internet access among its citizens.

When Can Cops Gain Access to My Private Info on Facebook?

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
G.W. Schulz

While the entire picture of government surveillance and investigative tactics online isn't clear, pieces of the broader story have surfaced, helping citizens better understand what may happen to their personal information on the Internet.

Polar Bear Swims for 9 days in Search of Sea Ice

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Along the bear's eastward journey, she lost her yearling cub and 22 percent of her body weight: more than 100 pounds.

Renewing the Patriot Act While America Sleeps

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the pol...

SBInet Is Dead, But Don't Expect an End to Costly Border Surveillance

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

After months of inaction and hundreds of millions in taxpayer money handed over to defense giant Boeing Co., federal officials have chosen to give up on a troubled border surveillance initiative known as the "virtual fence."

Serious Guns and White Terrorism: Two Unasked Question in Tucson Mass Murder

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy an assault weapon?

'Big Sister' Continues Push for Suspicious Activity Program

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Suspicious activity isn't a new legal phenomenon, but it has created a new stream of intelligence and sensitive personal information for the government to collect without absolute clarity about what should be considered genuinely suspicious.

The State of the Nation: Are We "Approaching Spiritual Death"?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower cautioned the American people against an expansion of America's military empire. To our detriment, we failed to heed Eisenhower's warning.

Dragnet Searches on DC Transit Prompt Local Advocates to Mobilize

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The District of Columbia continues to reel from recent news of dragnet searches without individualized suspicion throughout the region's transit system.

Red Light Cameras: Safety Devices or One More Step Toward a Surveillance State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

The bottom line is this: red light cameras are not safety devices -- they're revenue-raising devices for corporations, states and municipalities.

Attention, Walmart Shoppers: Big Sis Wants You to Spy on One Another

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

You have power, so use it. Be what those who founded America wanted us to be -- engaged, active, informed. After all, we are the government.

The Total Control Society Is Here: Iris Scanners

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your me...

The 2010 Elections: Full of Sound and Fury, and Signifying Nothing

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Next week won't be any different from last week or the week before, because of the sad truth that nothing taking place on Election Day will limit this country's emerging police state. Are you willing to be a gadfly?

The Software That Stares at Goats? Pentagon Building System For Massive E-Mail Privacy Violation

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Here we go again. Earlier this month the Pentagon announced a new effort to build a system aimed at allowing it to scan billions of communications ...

With Border Surveillance in Trouble, a New Defense Contractor Lines Up

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

A defense mega-contractor recently unveiled another expensive product for keeping the nation safe: a remote detection device to catch would-be border crossers. And if all of this is starting to sound familiar, it should.

U.S. Pushes To Ease Technical Obstacles To Wiretapping

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requi...

Frank Rizzo and Pennsylvania's 56-year Legacy of Police Spying

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security has been paying a private contractor to compile "intelligence" on dangerous elements, including environmentalists and gay/lesbian organizations.

Database of Suspicious Activity Going Live With Little Attention

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Today's effort at a more collaborative atmosphere includes security at privately-owned companies, many of which have fostered deeper ties to the government as part of the war on terror.