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crime

Junk Scientists blames ACLU effect for spike in Chicago’s violence

“They’re more or less suggesting that working in an unconstitutional police department is worth the trade-off,” said John Eterno, a criminal justice professor at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and a former captain with the City of New York Police Department. “If you’re going to be doing 40,000 stops a month … you have to have reasonable suspicion on every one of those 40,000 stops.”

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government Photography

ACLU sues Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Photography is not a crime, part the 234,642nd. Kudos to the ACLU…

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politics

ACLU and Others File Lawsuit Over Digital Border Searches

The American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Layers (NACDL) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policy permitting border agents to search, copy and detain travelers’ electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion. DHS asserts the right to look though the contents of a traveler’s electronic devices – including laptops, cameras and cell phone

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politics

ACLU challenges Illinois eavesdropping act

On Wednesday, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago challenging the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which makes it criminal to record not only private but also public conversations made without consent of all parties.

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politics

ACLU Sues over FISA

The new law permits the government to conduct intrusive surveillance without ever telling a court who it intends to spy on, what phone lines and email addresses it intends to monitor, where its surveillance targets are located, why it’s conducting the surveillance or whether it suspects any party to the communication of wrongdoing. Plaintiffs in today’s case are: The Nation and its contributing journalists Naomi Klein and Chris Hedges Amnesty International USA, Global Rights, Global Fund for Women, Human Rights Watch, PEN American Center, Service Employees International Union, Washington Office on Latin America, and the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association Defense attorneys Dan Arshack, David Nevin, Scott McKay and Sylvia Royce

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Business environment politics

Trump Inadvertently Cripples U.S. Coal Exports

So Trump purses his lip, imposes a tariff on Canadian lumber to show how “tough” he is against those meanie Canadians, and ends up screwing his coal producing buddies. Doh!

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government politics

Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Order

As you’ve probably heard, there was another poorly thought out Executive Order signed by the Lord Emperor Tiny Hands, suddenly banning travel to the US from several countries, quickly stayed by federal judges. One wonders how much thought went into the ban, was it crafted on the toilet using a non-secured Android phone?

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Business government

IL Supreme Court Weighs Whether Hospitals Can Avoid Property Tax

Personally, I don’t think hospitals should be exempt. What exactly is the standard here, that if a corporation “does good” they don’t have to pay their fair share of tax? Who defines what the good is? …I don’t believe that churches should be exempt either. Are medical cannabis dispensaries exempt? Planned Parenthood clinics? Is Feeding America’s offices on Wacker Drive tax free? What about ACLU headquarters? Union halls? Bars and taverns? Wrigley Field? Seriously, where does it end? Our society would be much better off and more equitable if corporations didn’t get so many freebies from taxpayers. I’ve always liked the idea of a “mandatory minimum” for corporations above a certain size – the idea that Boeing and Archer Daniels Midland and all the rest can’t evade taxes by exploiting shell corporations and loopholes.

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Chicago-esque government

CPD Sued to Force Release Proof of Cell Phone Spying

The Chicago Police Department was sued Friday to force release of evidence that the department has purchased equipment that allows them to covertly scan people’s cell phones for detecting telephone numbers dialed and texted, tracking their location, and cell phones’ unique device identification numbers.

Cell site simulators, also known as IMSI catchers or stingrays, masquerade as cellphone towers to obtain data secretly from nearby cellular user devices.

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Apple government

F.B.I. Director James Comey Continues His Obfuscation Tour Re Encrypted Phones

FBI Director James Comey continues his public obfuscation tour, blaming the upcoming Joker and Riddler crime spree on the fairly new ability of consumers to encrypt data on their own phones against unwilling intrusions by governments and other entities.

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Photography

City of Chicago Emergency Management Surveillance Vehicle was uploaded to Flickr

I wonder if they have one of those Stingray devices to suck up all cellphone activity in the area? Probably, but maybe this is just a camera. At the May Day rally at the Haymarket Riot Memorial Statue… More on that surveillance tool: "’Stingray’: Increased and Secretive Cell Phone Surveillance by Local Police Raises Alarms […]

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government

Police Keep Quiet About Stingray A Cellphone Surveillance Tool

Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they’re refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do.

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Business politics religion

Supreme Court To Decide If Corporations Are Religious People Too

The Supreme Court inexplicably ruled recently that corporations are people when it comes to spending political money, now this same court is going to rule whether for-profit corporations have religious rights as well. Rights that then would trickle down to the employees, squashing the employee’s rights. If this law passes, the religious affiliation of businesses will have to become a factor for workers deciding where to work.

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government

GPS and the 4th Amendment

I’d be very surprised if the Roberts Court rules against the police, shocked in fact. Even the fact that some gun rights organizations have filed briefs decrying this destruction of the Fourth Amendment will probably not sway the Court, if history is any guide.

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environment politics

Coal Subsidies and Congressional Liars

So I guess you can do your own math and decide if these constitute pennies worth of government subsidies, or just pixie dust.