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Does Collecting Arrestees’ DNA Cut Crime? Preliminary Data Suggest Not

In the Spring of 2009, the FBI started warehousing DNA samples of Americans who had been arrested — but not necessarily convicted — of a crime. People declared not guilty of a crime, or who were never even charged with a crime, can have their DNA records expunged from the FBI database if they go [...]

Law Enforcement using Military Robots to Spy on You. It’s a Federal Crime with No Arrests.

The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law in effect for over a century, says that the military can’t be used for domestic police purposes. It’s not just an administrative violation. It’s a crime:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the [...]

NYPD: New York’s Phony Data

Brown, Esbensen and Geis’ Criminology 7th Edition expresses problems with the Uniform Crime Reports dryly:

“The UCR also can be a tool for political manipulation. Police administrators sometimes rely upon these data to justify requests for additional money for personnel, equipment, and training. At other times, the Crime Index can be manipulated by a department [...]

Homeland Security: Lawful Protests against Wall Street are an Attack

The United States Constitution:

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Silicon Angle, September [...]

Supplement the FBI Crime Clock with a few Ticks of your Own

The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:

One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 [...]

London’s New Motto

On every street in the center of town there are multiple cameras aimed in multiple directions, making it impossible to have a moment of privacy. [...]

After Hutaree, Obama to declare Islamic Faith and Arrest Millions

… at least that’s what you’d think if you took the assertions of some Americans seriously. This morning, after the announcement of a handful of arrests in the case of the militant Christian group called Hutaree, Pied Piper wrote to declare:

Anyone with a bible and a gun in there home will be cosidered to [...]

Homeland Security and Drug Money Place Lewiston under Constant Surveillance

There’s a reasonable expectation today that when you go out in public you will be under surveillance most of the time. I think most people understand that, and they support it.

— Lewiston, Maine Assistant City Administrator Phil Nadeau

With a crime rate well below the national average, Lewiston, Maine is not a dangerous place [...]

The Crazed Satanic Crime Wave of Colorado Springs, 6/6/06

Sometimes it’s important to follow up on past news items, and sometimes it’s just fun. You decide which applies here. Back in June of 2006, police officials across Colorado reported that a concern that on June 6, a Satanic crime wave might crash across the state. Why? Well, just look at the date — 6/6/2006 [...]

Which States Are Most Heavily Warehousing Your DNA? Why?

This spring, the FBI expanded its practice of warehousing DNA sample data, expanding from samples of criminal convicts to samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime. As a result, the FBI has been adding new samples to its database (which goes by the names of CODIS and NDIS) at [...]

Report: USA Patriot Used to Sniff Out Druggies, Guns and Fraud, Not Terrorism

On October 1, Senator Russell Feingold revealed in a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee that “in fiscal year 2008 only 3 out of the 763 sneak and peek search warrant applications were in terrorism cases. 65 percent were for drug cases.”

Sneak and Peek operations, you may recall, are authorized by the USA Patriot [...]