News Roundup

Meanwhile, made in response to the Supreme Court’s Arizona decision, Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s ‘Pick the Immigrant’ speech-turned-online-game scores big with the Hollywood tabloids – a confused and confusing spot, but look, a spot on TMZ.  Seth Wessler on Colorlines.com breaks down how the Feds Reveal Their Janus Face on Arizona’s Racial Profiling, and Rights Working Group lets Janet Napolitano know how to un-Janus herself: end not only 287(g) but also Secure Communities in not only Arizona, but any state with Arizona copycat legislation. Sign on to the letter here.  Filed back in 2009, a federal court racial Profiling Lawsuit Against Arpaio Set for July 19.

Rutgers School of Law–Newark Immigrant Rights Clinic and the American Friends Service Committee released Free But Not Freed, a report critical of ICE’s non-detention supervision mechanisms.  The ICE problems are similar to problems popping up around California’s massive prison realignment, where tens of thousands of people being moved from overcrowded prisons into supervised release are being subjected to compliance checks and GPS monitoring.

The New York Times reports that Wireless Firms Are Flooded by Requests to Aid Surveillance, to the tune of “1.3 million demands for subscriber data from law enforcement.”  Twitter challenged one of those 1.3 million requests, made by the New York County District Attorney looking for location data of Occupy Wall Streeters. Alas, in People of New York vs. Malcolm Harris, Twitter lost and was ordered by the federal court to turn over the requested data.

Danger Room describe how Feds Look to Fight Leaks With ‘Fog of Disinformation’.

In drone-world the industry’s trade association published its Code of Conduct, giving guidelines for drone operators and putting the drone in drones.
An excellent round-up of Snitching Here, There and Yon by the excellent Grit for Breakfast, which in turn tips its hat to the Snitching Blog, kept up by aw prof and former Baltimore public defender Alexandra Natapoff.The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts released its Wiretap Report 2011 last week. Reporting on wiretapping data is required under law, but mind the Law Enforcement Surveillance Gap, as described by researcher Chris Soghoian.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s wiretapping lawsuit against the National Security Agency got a boost with three former NSA agents weighing in on the existence of intercept centers that fall squarely, albeit secretly, inside that surveillance gap.

Finally, two items that seemed a wee bit defensive that popped up on the ICE webpage ticker this week: a story about Shadow Wolves, a partnership between ICE and Tohono O’dham trackers formed in 1974, and a defense of SCOMM, just in time for Makowski vs. Holder, the first lawsuit by a US citizens (presumably) unlawfully detained under an SCOMM triggered detainer.

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