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An impressive display of openness and freedom

… in a secret trial. What’s that about?

The Guardian reports on the conclusion of the terrorism trial of Erol Incedal, who was convicted last year of possessing a bomb-making manual, but now acquitted at a second trial on the more serious charge of plotting a terrorist attack. 283 more words


Daily Police Misconduct 3.27.15

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.25.15

” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Update: Camden, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to lewdness for masturbating in a coffee shop.
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Campaign to get the Canadian government to stop muzzling science journalism

Ask Canadian Scientists Why You Can’t Ask Them About Science http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/ask-canadian-scientists-why-you-cant-ask-them-about-science by
STEPHEN BURANYI March 24, 2015

​A coalition of journalists and academics is urging Canadians to write letters to government scientists, asking for data on pollution, global warming, and other federal research. 797 more words


Canada's Orwellian muzzling of science writers

Tightened science muzzle is ‘Orwellian’ July 3, 2012Margaret Munro Vancouver Sun, Sept 13, 2010 By Margaret Munro, Postmedia News   https://margaretmunro.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/tightened-science-muzzle-is-orwellian/

The Harper government has tightened the muzzle on federal scientists, going so far as to control when and what they can say about floods at the end of the last ice age. 250 more words


They Said That? 3/26/15

From the FBI 9/11 Review Commission:

“The FBI has made strides in the past decade but needs to accelerate its implementation of reforms to complete its transformation into a threat-based, intelligence-driven organization.”

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NSA Doesn’t Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets, by Bruce Schneier

Remember the 4th Amendment? It’s a dead letter, as Bruce Schneier at wired.com explains:

GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives.

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Police Implement New Policy to Treat Everyone as Criminals: When a Cop Stops You, Hands Must Go Up

By Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project | March 26, 2015

Topeka, KS — Drivers as well as their passengers in Topeka Kansas will soon be subject to a new policy requiring everyone to put their hands up during police stops.

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