What You Need to Know About the FISA Court—and How it Needs to Change

Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of the United States take place in one-sided secretive courts, away from the public eye?

A look at the history and procedures of the FISC make it clear: real reform is needed now.

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Researchers: Police likely provoke protestors — not the other way around

New research from Berkeley shows that police are often the agitators of violence

IAN BLAIR  Salon.com  August 22, 2014

(Credit: Reuters/Steve Nesius)

New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that police are often the provocateurs of violence during demonstrations. 517 more words

Military Madness

▶ DN!: NSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email Records

 Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speaks with Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept reporter who broke the story.

 Published on Aug 27, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – A new report by The Intercept news site reveals the National Security Agency is secretly providing troves of data to nearly two dozen government agencies using a “Google-like” search engine. 349 more words


The Intercept: The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

“The search tool was designed to be the largest system for internally sharing secret surveillance records in the United States, capable of handling two to five billion new records every day, including more than 30 different kinds of metadata on emails, phone calls, faxes, internet chats, and text messages, as well as location information collected from cellphones.”

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▶ Mark Fiore: Post-Racial America Alert

Another great satirical animation from Mark Fiore.

To watch the video click on the Watch the Video  with the blue background and white lettering.

What better way to defuse racially-charged tension following a police shooting of an unarmed man than with a show of  236 more words

Human Rights

Thor Benson: Putting the Police Under Surveillance

“Thankfully, many black Americans are rising up against a society that allows them to be killed for selling cigarettes or walking in the street, but it remains to be seen whether those not in danger will join the struggle.”

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