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I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face

Bad guys (and gals) beware: Dustin Volz (National Journal) reports that the “FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology Has Achieved ‘Full Operational Capability’”

The agency announced two new services Monday that complete the database’s “operational capability.” The first, called Rap Back, allows officials to receive “ongoing status notifications” regarding the reported criminal history of people “in positions of trust, such as schoolteachers.”

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Civil Liberties

NATIONAL JOURNAL Secession Feature: Free Scotland, and Free Vermont!

Thanks to National Journal for this FEATURE story on Scotland’s secession referendum.

What do we @2VR make of the excitement in Edinborough? Read on.

Arts

The Presumption of Guilt and the Glories of "Stop and Seize"

Michael Salla, Robert O’Harrow Jr, and Steven Rich (The Washington Post) have written an interesting series on asset forfeiture (see the teaser “Civil asset forfeitures more than double under Obama,” by Christopher Ingraham on… 340 more words

Civil Liberties

Atheists for Human Rights

Atheists for Human Rights (AFHR), an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 group,  is one of the smallest atheist organizations in the U.S. But it’s the only one–yes, the… 244 more words

Religion

Second Quote of the Day 8/29/14

“This is a court of law … not a court of justice.”

–U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

quoted in Devil’s Advocates: The Unnatural History of Lawyers

by Andrew and Jonathan Roth

Politics

Let the Pimpslaps Fly

The latest skirmish in Amazon vs Hachette happened while I was on the road, which worked out well for me, as I was forced to spend five days as passive observer to the initial volley and the subsequent Category 5 Opinionstorm. 911 more words

Writing

Definition of the Day 8/15/14 -- Assaulting an Officer

ASSAULTING AN OFFICER, ger. The legal charge leveled against an unarmed, 150-pound, half-beaten-to-death or dead citizen subjected to “reasonable force” by uninjured policemen–when the only witnesses to the act are other policemen. 73 more words

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