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London terror cops forced to admit they're still investigating journos who reported Snowden leaks


London Metropolitan Police anti-terror squad had refused to make any comment on whether they were investigating the reporters who broke the Snowden story for two years, but now a court has ordered them to answer -- and they've copped to it.

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TSA supervisor calls police on teen for videoing his father's pat-down

A 16-year-old boy was prohibited from video-recording his own pat-down at New Orleans airport -- something explicitly allowed by the TSA -- and when he recorded his father's pat-down, the TSA supervisor at his checkpoint called the police on him.

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Hey, kids, let's play militarized police force!


The Pentagon's 1033 program makes sure that every Barney Fife has his own rocket launcher, and Playmobil is right there with him.

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Iowa Supreme Court rules that residents have a right to be drunk on their front porch

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In 2013 Patience Paye called 911 to report a domestic violence incident that took place in her home. When police arrived, Payne stepped on her porch to talk to them, because she didn't want to disturb her kids, who were in the house. The police gave her a breath test, determined she was intoxicated and arrested her for being drunk in public.

At her trial, the judge ruled that a person's front porch is indeed a public place because it is “plainly accessible and visible to any passer-by.” The Iowa Supreme Court disagreed:

If the front stairs of a family home were always considered a public place, it would create “absurd results” and make it a “crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito” or even grill with “bourbon-infused barbecue sauce,” the court concluded.

The case was sent back to District Court for dismissal.

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UK Stingray surveillance: you can't know why we're spying on you


The UK has at least 20 operating Stingrays -- fake mobile phone towers that record the movements of whole populations -- used without any paper-trail, and configured to listen in on conversations.

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Being a cop just keeps on getting safer


The police will tell you that the reason they're arming up with surplus military gear and pursuing a shoot-first posture to their job is that being a cop is deadly business -- but as the saying goes, you're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

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Harrisburg PA Mayor says it was appropriate for a cop to wrongly accuse Marine veteran of being a fraud

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On Memorial Day in Harrisburg PA, an army soldier spotted 75-year-old Robert Ford wearing a Marine uniform as he walked down the street. The soldier suspected the uniform was phony (the hat was wrinkled and the belt buckle looked too ornate for the rank). So the soldier got the attention of a nearby police officer and both men confronted Ford, accusing him of being a fraud.

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"Why take my vibrator?" Cops legally rob "every belonging" from medical marijuana patient

Image: scene from the movie Brazil, which this story reminds us of.


Image: scene from the movie Brazil, which this story reminds us of.

When a Michigan drug task force raided medical cannabis patient Ginnifer Hency's home, they took everything she owned, including her vibrator. A judge dismissed the charges against Hency, who has multiple sclerosis, but law enforcement officials are keeping a tight grip on her vibrator and other belongings.

Ginnifer Hency.


Ginnifer Hency.

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America's prison population, by the numbers

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Quinn Norton's "long form data journalism" piece on the American prison system paints a bleak picture of a nation that feasts on its poorest and most vulnerable with a boundless, venomous cruelty.

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Atlanta pays $20,000 to critic forced to post pro-cop message to Facebook

Atlanta police Lt. Jeffrey Cantin told Baton Bob, a street performer, that he wouldn't be released on Bond unless he posted complementary remarks about the Atlanta police department to his Facebook page.

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Mass protests, brutal crackdown in Macedonia

After leaked recordings of high-level government officials (including the PM) plotting to cover up a murder surfaced, Macedonia erupted into demonstrations that were met with extreme police brutality.

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Guide to recording the police


Recording the police is legal, and it can mean the difference between accountability for peace officers and the gross injustice of abuse with impunity.

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Kansas kid corrects anti-drug teacher, cops raid his house

The 11-year-old son of medical marijuana advocate Shona Banda spoke out in his Kansas classroom to correct his teacher's misinformation about pot; then the state of Kansas raided his house and took him away from his mother.

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Senators announce "Aaron Swartz Should Have Faced More Jail Time" bill

Senators Mark Kirk [R-IL] and Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] announced a bill that increases the maximum jail time for "obtaining information from a protected computer without authorization" -- which covers anything you do that violates the BS Terms of Service we all break all day long.

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Oh, cops.


California: Marshal with a rifle attacks woman recording an arrest, smashing her phone.

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Fiction: Someone to Watch Over Me

Amala's got a new job: monitoring paroled prisoners' CCTV feeds. What she sees isn't nearly so disturbing as who sees her seeing it. A tale of science fictional horror from the new Black Candies - Surveillance.Read the rest

San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy ring accused of pit-fighting inmates

San Francisco sheriff's deputy Scott Neu is accused of leading a ring of corrupt jail guards who coerced prisoners into gladiatorial combat with threats of rape and violence.

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