Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " USA " Category

  • ICYMI #20: Reprieve – Shelby Sullivan-Bennis

    Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, Staff Attorney with Reprieve.org joins Jerod to talk about Guantanamo Bay, indefinite detention, issues of policy, Obama’s promise to close the detention facility, surveillance chilling effect on attorney client privilege, and more.

    From Reprieve – “We are a non-profit organization of lawyers and investigators assisting those facing detention without trial, execution and extra-judicial killing.”

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  • ICYMI #19: Jared Yates Sexton – Inside a Trump Rally

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    Sam talks with Jared Yates Sexton who covers the 2016 election and has been inside the strange and sometimes frightening world of Trump 2016 and his supporters.

    From his website:

    “Jared Yates Sexton was born and raised in Southern Indiana and received his MFA from Southern Illinois in 2008. He’s the author of three collections, a crime-novel, and works as a political correspondent and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.”

    Check out Atticus Review, especially Jared’s coverage of the Trump campaign.

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  • U.S. and Asia-Pacific Partners Meet to Discuss China and North Korea

    A detailed map of disputes in the South China Sea. Image via Wikipedia.

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    WASHINGTON — United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with the defense leaders of several nations from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss a myriad of issues including, disputes in the South China Sea and North Korean aggression, according to a Department of Defense press release.

    The meeting was part of an annual summit called the Shangri-La Dialogue, formerly known as the Asia Security Summit, which began in 2002 and was started by the UK based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Carter, along with


  • 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


  • 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



  • ICYMI #16: Dr. Richard Tynan – Privacy International

    Jerod interviews Dr. Richard Tynan, technologist with Privacy International. The two discuss a variety of surveillance issues including: snooping technology, regulation (or lack thereof), homemade and black-market gear, the proliferation of companies involved with the industry and much more. Dr. Tynan holds a first class honours BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD in Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Sensor Networks from University College Dublin, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.

    Check out Privacy International! They have great explainers, important projects & more!

    Privacy International analysis of the state


  • Freddie Gray, FBI Planes and Civil Unrest: Baltimore 1 Year Later

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    I run into Bailey as she is stepping out of her car in downtown Baltimore. It has been almost a year since waves of protests shook the city following the death of Freddie Gray, but she remembers those days well. “I live off Fulton Street, right where everything was happening – the rioting, the looting around there.

    “Now everything’s pretty much the same around there.”

    The words have barely left her mouth when we are interrupted by the sirens of a BPD patrol car as it pulls



  • Investigations Raise Constitutional, Legal Concerns Over Aerial Surveillance

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    North Star Post has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relies on forty year old Supreme Court rulings to justify warrantless aerial surveillance and does not seek warrants when fielding intrusive electronic surveillance gear. Documents obtained by NSP through Freedom of Information requests show that the FBI does not consider their actions in these regards to constitute a search.

    The ACLU revealed a great deal of information on purchase orders of intrusive electronic surveillance technology from several federal agencies including the DEA and the FBI of which we have reported on a great deal.