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Government tracking “truthiness”

In homage to late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, federal bureaucrats have named their new database “Truthy.” However, unlike Colbert, there is nothing funny about this database. Researchers at Indiana University received nearly $1 million of your money to develop Truthy. According to Bonnie Kristian writing in The Week: A major focus of the project is determining […]


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Georgia SWAT Team Has Sordid Past

Following up on the story of a toddler who was critically injured when a Georgia drug task force set off a flash bang while executing a no-knock warrant, WaPo‘s Radley Balko points out the same unit was responsible for the death of an innocent pastor, Jonathan Ayers, in 2009. In my post on Ayers, I noted […]


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Civil Liberties Hodgepodge

This week there’s been a number of stories worth highlighting regarding your civil liberties. On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled the administration must disclose the legal rationale behind the targeted killing program that has  resulted in the deaths of several Americans, most famously Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, a Pakistani […]


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Might as well quit now

Via Wired UK: It’s already too late to stop the ubiquitous tracking and monitoring of the public through biometrics, says Peter Waggett, Programme Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group. We need to stop worrying about prevention, and start working out how to make the most of data garnered from that kind of surveillance. “We’re fighting […]


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The USA Freedom Act: A Step in the Right Direction

By: Michael Clayton Seemingly lost in the fold because of all the mess regarding Obamacare, last week, lawmakers introduced legislation to curtail the National Security Agency’s overreaching phone record collection program. The USA Freedom Act, as it is being touted, is a bipartisan effort authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). […]


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