ACLU Launches Nationwide Police Militarization Investigation

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they’re deployed, what types of weapons they […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder: Drone strike on U.S. soil ‘hypothetically’ possible

The Obama Administration could use lethal force on Americans within the United States and without trial during “an extraordinary circumstance,” Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. In a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Holder said the Administration favored the use of law enforcement over the military when it came to fighting terrorist threats within the country. However, Holder […]

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DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones

Homeland Security’s specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: “signals interception” and “direction finding” for electronic surveillance. by Declan McCullagh CNET.com  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying […]

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H.R. 748 would require all persons in the US 18-25 to perform ‘national service’

There has been speculation regarding President Obama’s “citizen army”. In 2008, President Obama made statements regarding a “civilian national security force”. Since that day, many have been curious as to what President Obama had in mind when he made that statement. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY13) may have just given a bit of insight into what was meant when he introduced […]

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Palestinian filmmaker briefly detained at U.S. airport on way to Oscars

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — Immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport briefly detained the Palestinian filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” while he was on his way to a dinner preceding Sunday’s Academy Awards. Emad Burnat said the incident happened on Tuesday evening when he, along with his wife and 8-year-old son, arrived at Los Angeles […]

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2 out of every 3 Americans lost Fourth Amendment protections to DHS

Two out of every three people reading this could have your electronic devices searched, without there being any reasonable suspicion, because the Department of Homeland Security has decided that such search and seizures do not violate your Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Border agents don’t need probable cause and they don’t need a stinking warrant since they […]

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Pope Benedict XVI’s leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries

VATICAN CITY — Guests at the going-away party for Carlo Maria Viganò couldn’t understand why the archbishop looked so forlorn. Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Viganò ambassador to the United States, a plum post where he would settle into a stately mansion on Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the vice president’s residence. “He went through the ordeal making it […]

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Family of slain ICE Agent Jaime Zapata files wrongful death lawsuit

valleycentral.com MCALLEN, TEXAS (AP) — The family of a U.S. Customs Enforcement agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived are suing the government and others. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Brownsville arises from the Feb. 15, 2011, attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila. They […]

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Menendez opposed U.S. giving security equipment to Dominicans (so his donor would get the $1.6 Billion-contract?)

By Eric Lipton and William K. Rashbaum The New York Times WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., sought to discourage any plan by the U.S. government to donate port-security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to […]

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