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Automatic License Plate Readers: Persistent Privacy Invaders with a 0.0047% Hit Rate that Don’t Stop Crime

The American Civil Liberties Union has recently released a report showing that license plate readers, mounted on police cars and designed to automatically scan plates and pull up associated driver information:

Are present in all 50 states of the USA; Add information to identify where cars are located and when they were located there; Are [...]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Introduces Website and First Report

Empowered to subpoena testimony and documents from the U.S. Government, evaluate the constitutionality of “War on Terror” programs, and report its findings to Congress and the public, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) was supposed to have begun its activities in 2008. But President Barack Obama refused to nominate any members of the [...]

August 8: Americans Elect Starts Collecting $$ for Angus King. August 20: Americans Elect Says it Supports No Candidate

Take a look at pages 5 and 6 of this excerpt of the Americans Elect Mission Report. As you can see from that excerpt, the report features a letter signed by Peter Ackerman and dated August 20. August 20 is a full 12 days after August 8, the day an FEC report shows Ackerman gave [...]

Data Dump: Pages 1-9 of the Americans Elect Mission Report

Yesterday, I promised that I’d start making public what the Americans Elect corporation has not made public: its August 2012 Mission Report. Appreciation goes to Americans Elect Board of Advisors member and Harvard Professor David King for sending me a paper copy when asked. It’ll take me a while to scan the whole report in, [...]

Report: Inside the DC Beltway, Inequality is Even More Striking than Outside

Washington, DC has the 2nd highest average income among its richest 20% of all of America’s 50 largest cities. But the income of DC’s poorest 20% is far below the 50-largest-city average. The capital city of the United States of America is place of sky-high income inequality.

So finds the DC Fiscal Policy Institute in [...]

Must-Read: Targeted and Entrapped Report on Manufacturing Terrorist Threats

I strongly suggest you read “Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the ‘Homegrown Threat’ in the United States,” a new report from the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law. The report documents three instances in which government agents approached individuals with no prior involvement in terrorist activities, spent [...]

90th Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Ignore that most Terrorists actually AREN’T Muslims

“Most terrorists are Muslim” is a phrase you’ll encounter over and over again in conservative America, a phrase assumed by its speakers to be true and often used to justify escapades in religious profiling.

Terrorists are Cowards:

Terrorism is often linked to religious fanaticism. Certainly the terrorism that has been perpetrated upon the citizens of [...]

Collection of Suspicious Activity Reports by Government Declines in 2009

When the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, the bar above which financial institutions are required to send the U.S. Government “suspicious activity reports” regarding Americans’ financial transactions was dramatically lowered. The Patriot Act also placed new emphasis on the use of financial surveillance to keep track of PEPs. That acronym stands for “politically exposed [...]

Challenge: Find Fox News Report on 400 Columbia Students and Obama

I’d appreciate your help. In fact checking an Obama conspiracy e-mail making the rounds, I’ve been trying to verify one of its claims:

NOBODY REMEMBERS OBAMA AT COLUMBIA!!!!!!!

Looking for evidence of Obama’s past, Fox News contacted 400 Columbia University students from the period when Obama claims to have been there, but none remembered him.

[...]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the [...]

Purchasing Ethics: Picking out Clothing With Limited Information

The United States Department of Labor has come out with a 194-page report in which it identifies products made in various countries under conditions where “there is a significant incidence of forced labor and/or child labor in production”.

The following are countries in which the Department of Labor finds there is a significant incidence of [...]