Category Archives: Police Abuse

Torture Is An Abomination

The Rise and Rise of Television Torture

But this prevalence of torture that you see in otherwise very comparable shows is not limited to [the TV series] Fringe. It is everywhere in American entertainment now.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Yes.

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How Long Will This Be Ignored?

June:

August:

September:

November:
FBI hacking squad used in domestic investigations, experts say

The FBI is using its own hacking programs for installing malware and spyware on the computers of suspected terrorists or child pornographers, a tactic that is drawing attention in the wake of disclosures about the domestic online surveillance of Americans.

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Who’s Paranoid Now?

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When PDAs were the rage and smartphones were still primitive (the Treo had not yet been introduced), I dared to bring up the subject of data privacy on a discussion board. I used the example of Al Sharpton being arrested (he was always being arrested back then; NYC was in turmoil) — what would be the likelihood of the police confiscating his PDA and taking all of the info off of it?

I was basically jeered at and made to feel stupid and ridiculous. No one had the brains to see any of the implications of what I had raised.

Even today, with all of the NSA revelations, there are still those who smugly insist there’s no risk in using “the Cloud.”

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A Line Has Been Crossed

Forced Exposure ~pj

You’ll find all the laws in the US related to privacy and surveillance there. Not that anyone seems to follow any laws that get in their way these days. Or if they find they need a law to make conduct lawful, they just write a new law or reinterpret an old one and keep on going. That’s not the rule of law as I understood the term.

Bold and redfacing added by me.

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America Is No Longer On Any Map

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pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!

This is where we are at. Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.

Same-day update: This was not what she led everyone to believe. No Federal agents were involved and no surveillance of Google searches were done. See this: FBI denies involvement in Michele Catalano-related investigation

Kelly J. Langmesser, an FBI spokeswoman, said: “The FBI, nor the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, was involved in the action mentioned in Ms. Catalano’s blog post. The FBI respectfully defers you to Suffolk County Police Department.”

Next-day update: Big Boss, Not Big Brother, Spotted Long Island Family’s ‘Suspicious’ Google Searches. She has just made it more difficult for people to believe anyone else who is a victim of the NSA dragnet. How anyone with her credentials could have created such an error-ridden report is just scandalous. If you get a visit, ask for business cards from the law enforcement agents so you can prove who the hell they were.

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“The Normal State Of Business”

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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

Snowden uses the phrase, “the normal state of business.” It’s not in the text, it’s in the video at the above link.

And now this …

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D-Day Was For Nothing

June 6th, 1941 — sixty-nine years ago today — the Allied Expeditionary Force crossed the English Channel to liberate a conquered and enslaved Europe from under the heel of the Nazi boot.

They needn’t have bothered.

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

NSA taps in to internet giants’ systems to mine user data, secret files reveal

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Seriously: MYOFB

Family’s Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child’s Rifle

New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.

“Someone called family services about the photo,” said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. “It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids.”

Don’t you have better things — any damn thing — to do with your life than to stick your nose into someone else’s life?

You can question the judgment of the guy for posting such a photo, but some exchange of emails could have led to some public clarification on his post that could have prevented the Iron Fist of the State from barging into his life.

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Quote Of The Day

iPad Hack Statement Of Responsibility

The beast is so monstrous it will devour us all. None will be spared.

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Occupy Wall Street: Live Arrest

Screensnap of arrest live from @Timcast‘s Ustream.

Some people have been singled out specifically by the NYPD for arrest.

They’ve been building dossiers about Occupy.

Has anyone in Occupy been doing the same about NYPD?

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