Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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  • Feds Again Refuse to Bring Charges Against Police Who Killed Jamar Clark

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    Noting the high threshold required by US federal law to bring civil rights charges against the officers involved in the Jamar Clark shooting, the Minneapolis FBI today announced there will be no indictment against the Minneapolis police involved. This concluded the second federal inquiry into the November shooting death of unarmed Jamar Clark.

    FBI officials explain that it was “not enough to show that the officers made a mistake” and that the FBI had to show the officers “specifically intended to commit a crime” and deprive Clark of his constitutional rights.

    Repeatedly stating the requirement that



  • Making a Secure, Open-Source Digital Newsroom

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    North Star Post was founded in 2015 following the collaboration of the core team on uncovering the FBI’s aerial surveillance program. The core team is split between Minneapolis and Phoenix, and all of us have varying day jobs / obligations that make meeting in person a challenge. Our newspaper covers surveillance, technology, and government accountability among other issues. We seek to keep our research, notes, and communications confidential.

    We choose to use self-hosted applications and avoid cloud services for a number of reasons:
    Our budget is limited, so professional hosted services would rack up costs. Cheaper



  • Transgender Discrimination, Depression, Identity and Resilience

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    According to The National Transgender Discrimination Survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, within the 119 respondents from Arizona, 47 percent reported attempting suicide at some point in their life.

    The rates of depression and suicide in transgender youth are staggering compared to the rest of the population.

    A number of factors intertwine to make mental illness, specifically depression, almost a norm within the transgender community.

    Vern Harner, Arizona State University graduate student and research assistant focusing on LGBT issues, initially became aware of the


  • Dawn of the Police Drones at Hand in Minnesota – Major Questions Unanswered

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    The day has come in which the skies over Hennepin County will start becoming witness to law enforcement unmanned aerial systems (UASs / Drones). The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has acquired a small quadcopter and has already deployed it despite a lack of state law regulating such operations. North Star Post, being both local and devoted to civil liberties, has completed an analysis of the legislation which would impact the use of this (and future drones) and probed the drone policy set forth by HCSO.

    If we can take any cues from his Federal


  • Belgium to Begin Airstrikes in Syria as part of US Led Coalition

    Sailors signal as an E-2C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Arabian Gulf, April 13, 2016. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and other security efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller

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    WASHINGTON — Belgium will begin conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of the United States led air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.



  • Op-ed: Reaction to Star Tribune ‘Readers Write’ for May 14

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    The Star Tribune has a whole lot more readers than the humble North Star Post at this juncture. They also have a much larger staff and readership that feels compelled to emotionally react to their articles. The May 14th edition of their ‘Readers Write’ column features a distasteful combination of all of these factors.

    “Nekima Levy-Pounds’ activism is unconstructive, intrusive” reads the sub-header underneath the title. People familiar with the reaction Levy-Pounds receives seemingly every time she speaks publicly will not be surprised about the “substance” of that reader’s commentary. Teresa Maki of Minnetonka (which is


  • When Police Enter Your Home with a Body Camera

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    Most of us in Minnesota have come to realize, our home, abode, our place is the “very core” of the Fourth Amendment for the protection of our privacy. It’s where an individual’s expectation of privacy is at its highest.
    This is being challenged by new technologies, such as the body camera. The body camera which is digitally enhanced, possibly high definition, with the ability of what is captured to be magnified, zoomed, looked at and reviewed over and over again. The body camera systems also have other enhanced features such as facial