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If Meth Use is Really an Epidemic, it’s a Pretty Lame One

Look through local news outlets around the country and you’ll find local police departments with anecdotal reports heralding the explosion of a “meth epidemic.”

But is the country really being struck by a meth epidemic? Not according to national statistics (click images to visit source data, provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the University [...]

It’s not just the DEA: NSA Program allows Warrantless Surveillance to spot Ordinary Crime

How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your [...]

Under Obama, Patriot Act Sneak-and-Peek Outpaces Bush Use (and is mostly about Drugs)

Remember George W. Bush? Remember thinking that a vote for Barack Obama would be a vote to bring the Homeland Security state of George W. Bush under control?

Well, think again.

According to federal law, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) is supposed to report on the uses of the Patriot Act [...]

Ending Drug Sentencing Disparity: The Republican Remix

Do you have a nickel handy? Go ahead, pick it up. Hold it in your hand. Now imagine that for holding that nickel, you could be put into prison for 40 years.

For some years now, people have been pointing out the glaring disparity between prison sentences for powder cocaine and crack cocaine. If a [...]

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 [...]