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US might begin spying on citizens in the name of cybersecurity

The US Senate has voted 74-21 to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a bill that will allow tech companies to share user data with government agencies — dealing a blow to citizens’ privacy.<p>CISA has not yet become law. Similar legislation has been passed by the House of …

Judge dismisses Wikimedia lawsuit over NSA surveillance - report | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, the Baltimore Sun reported.<p>A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles …

Surveillance

Plainclothes Cop Fatally Shoots Drummer, Claims He Was Armed

A plainclothes police officer fatally shot a Florida man whose car had broken down early on Sunday, claiming that he had a gun.<p>Corey Jones, a 31-year-old drummer, was last seen alive by his band mate Mathew Huntsberger, who tried to help Jones with his broken-down SUV on Interstate 95 in West Palm …

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Cop Runs Down Suspect with Truck, Beats & Tasers him in the Head, Dept Says it was an Accident

Albuquerque, NM — Albuquerque can be a tough town name to spell. However, many people with their finger on the pulse of police brutality and …

He Exposed NYPD Corruption, So The Police Had Him Locked in a Mental Institution

The New York City Police Department just settled a massive, $600,000 lawsuit last week. But the person suing the NYPD wasn’t a citizen who had been …

A New York prison guard struck an inmate so hard that he had to have part of his genitals surgically removed

It did not end well for Fabian.<p>Bukowski was conducting a morning head count at the medium-security prison when he noticed that Fabian was speaking to another inmate. Inmates are supposed to stand in place and speak low during the head count. Fabian had arrived at the facility only a few days prior …

U.S. State Supreme Courts

How Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Laws Put Regular People in Prison for Life

If you rub elbows with big-time drug dealers, you can get sentenced to decades behind bars thanks to laws passed at the height of the drug panic in the 1980s.<p>In 2013, a cow wandered off a North Dakota man's farm. While preparing to search for the wayward animal, the man and his female companion …

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Letter: SC Law Enforcement “Fear-Mongering” On Medical Marijuana

POLICE USE MISINFORMATION, INTIMIDATION TACTICS IN DEBATE<p>Dear Editor:<p>Last week, a subcommittee of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee met in …

Hunt on for convicted killer accidentally released from Louisiana prison

Louisiana officials have issued an arrest warrant for a convicted killer they say was accidentally released from prison last week.<p>Benjueil Johnson, 32, was serving a 40-year sentence at the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, La., after pleading guilty to manslaughter and illegal possession of …

Crime

Video of US police shooting black man in wheelchair sparks outrage

Mobile phone footage of incident in Delaware shows an officer firing at Jeremy McDole while he was sitting in a wheelchair in broad daylight.<p>Video purportedly showing police officers fatally shooting a black man in a wheelchair has sparked controversy in the United States.<p>The mobile phone footage …

Former cop gets two years in prison for teaching clients to beat polygraphs | Ars Technica

"Remember, failing to prepare is simply preparing to fail."<p>A 69-year-old former Oklahoma police officer was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison …

Black, White, and Blue: Americans' Attitudes on Race and Police

Since the events in Ferguson last summer, pollsters have exhibited a renewed interest in the relationships between race and policing. Extensive public opinion research over the last year has shown stark differences in how blacks and whites perceive the police, differences documented in survey …

Law Enforcement

Texas Police Captain Wrongly Arrests Mom for Saying “Dick” When Coaching Kids Sports, Department Admits Fault on FB (UPDATED)

<b>UPDATE:</b> After using Facebook to attack KTVT’s report about Jessica Curs, now it appears that the Alvarado Police Department has shut down its page. …

Dispute arises over circumstances of death of woman at Israeli checkpoint

Israeli forces say 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon was shot dead after pulling out a knife at a checkpoint in Hebron, but eyewitnesses dispute this account<p>Contradictory accounts have emerged over the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Palestinian student, Hadeel al-Hashlamon, by Israeli forces at a …

Israel

Disturbing Video Shows Cop Threaten to "Lock Up" College Kids for Handing Out Pocket Constitutions

Glen Ellyn, IL – In an infuriating video, two students at the College of DuPage, a public university, were on campus exercising their First Amendment …

If You Don’t Think Americans Have Lost Our Freedoms, READ THIS | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave The Land of the Fleeced and the Home of the Slave<p><i>This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the</i> …

Female cartoonist could have 12 year prison term extended for shaking her lawyer's hand

An Iranian artist currently serving more than 12 years in prison for criticising the government now faces further charges of “indecency” for …

Jail Deputies Charged With Murder for Fatal Beating of Mentally Ill Inmate

On Tuesday, three California jail deputies were charged with what their boss called the “vile and cowardly” murder of Michael Tyree, a homeless man …

Santa Clara County

Of Course the Government Wants to Read Your Texts

Law enforcement will always seek more access. The rest of us have to push back.

Law Enforcement

The woman given 12 years in jail for humiliating Iran's most powerful men on YouTube

Atena Farghadani, 29, was first jailed for her satirical cartoons about Iranian MPs. Now she's serving a 12 year sentence for daring to expose the reality of life in Iran's prisons. David Blair reports<p>How would you respond to a spell behind bars in a repressive country? Most of us would probably …

Fantasy Football 2015 Cheat Sheet: Draft Rankings and Sleepers to Target

Prime drafting season has arrived in the world of fantasy football. All of the preseason games are complete, and the start of the new NFL campaign is just days away. In turn, it's time to put the final touches on fantasy preparations.<p>One common mistake made by fantasy owners is relying too heavily …

Fantasy Football

"Freedom Loving" Sheriff Calls for "Eradicating the Slime" Who Would Dare Criticize the Police

David Clarke, who acts as the elected sheriff of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County in whatever spare time is left over from his cable TV and talk radio …

2015 may be one of the safest years for law enforcement in a quarter century

The US is on pace for 36 non-accidental, firearm-related police fatalities in 2015, which would be the lowest total in 25 years, aside from 2013<p>Despite urgent warnings from police and others about a “war on cops” allegedly linked to the Black Lives Matter protest movement, statistics show 2015 is …

Law Enforcement

Was This Louisiana Cop Accused of Being in the KKK Actually Fired for Objecting to Police Corruption?

Raymond Mott was fired after a photo of him at a Klan rally surfaced, but he claims he actually worked to bring the KKK down and was passing information to the FBI.<p>On Wednesday, a Louisiana cop outed as an alleged member of the Ku Klux Klan was fired from the Lake Arthur Police Department, an …

Crime

Police Shoot Homeowner and Kill His Dog After Showing Up at Wrong House

A homeowner and police officer were shot and injured after three Atlanta-area cops arrived at the wrong house while investigating suspicious activity …

Crime

Video Appears to Show Texas Police Fatally Shooting a Man With His Hands Up

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