The movement to restrict drone use by law enforcement, colleges, universities, government agencies, businesses and private individuals is having an impact because those behind it are concerned about what the world will be like in the future and not what it is like now. Those raising concerns about drones are focused on what a future world where drones engage in wholesale surveillance and dominate United States airspace could be like. They recognize the time to have lawmakers take action is now, not later when the drone industry has fully grown and become a fixture in American industry and a special interest that holds political leaders captive.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 20, 2013 11:50 am|
|By: fairleft Sunday February 10, 2013 6:58 am|
Former police officer Christopher Dorner is suspected in the deaths of a police officer and in two other Los Angeles Police Department related homicides. He has issued a manifesto stating he is out for revenge and to clear his name, saying he was hounded out of the LAPD for reporting incidents of racism and abuse of criminal suspects. The U.S. military has trained him well in killing and the LAPD is right to be fearful of him.
But how does that justify the crazed, homicidal behavior of the LAPD over the past few days?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 25, 2013 4:11 pm|
Three Occupy activists known as the “NATO 3,” who came to Chicago to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit last May and were arrested and later indicted on terrorism charges, are challenging the constitutionality of an untested Illinois anti-terrorism statute under which they were charged.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 10, 2013 1:05 pm|
A foundation connected to Motorola, a license plate reader (LPR) manufacturer, has published a report showing police expect to become more reliant on the technology.
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) conducted a survey and found “71 percent of responding agencies already have LPRs.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 8, 2013 1:15 pm|
A judge in New York has ruled the New York Police Department must cease to perform “trespass stops” outside certain buildings in the Bronx without reasonable suspicion of trespass. The judge has determined the practice of “stop and frisks” is inherently unlawful or unconstitutional and should not be employed without “reasonable suspicion of trespass.”
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday January 7, 2013 5:00 pm|
After watching Scenes of a Crime, the acclaimed documentary from Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh about police interrogation techniques eliciting a false confession, I was struck by how simple and obvious the methods are, yet how utterly effective. If you’ve ever watched more than an episode of the original Law & Order, the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation should be familiar to you–and no doubt, we think securely, if ever falsely accused of a crime, we’d never fall for them.
Don’t be so sure, says Richard Ofshe, a U.S. expert witness on false confessions.
|By: Pam Spaulding Thursday December 27, 2012 12:37 pm|
Wow. In these tough times, I can’t imagine what I’d think if I lived in a crime-ridden area and my elected officials opted for this decision. Oakland has the fifth highest crime rate in the nation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 21, 2012 9:02 am|
A New York Times report indicates that “top intelligence officials in the New York Police Department” met Thursday to discuss how to use the Internet to “identify potential ‘deranged’ gunmen before they strike.”
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday December 6, 2012 7:16 pm|
On November 16, Richard Estes interviewed me on his KDVS program Speaking In Tongues about Burning Man and the recent suicide of Paul Addis. This is part 2 of the interview, in which we talk more about the effects of police and pranksters on countercultures and activist movements.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 3, 2012 8:51 am|
According to Tar Sands Blockade reports, police threatened to use tear gas at about 9:20 am CST. Sheriffs shined flashlights into the pipe. They apparently said aloud, “We will not be deterred by threats of violence.” They were also warned to leave the pipe or face arrest.