News Roundup 7/30/12

We start this week in Anaheim, CA, home to Disneyland and 330,000 people, a populations that has shifted over the last decade from being predominately white to being 50% Latino. Not coincidentally, five people have been shot to death by police over the past year, sparking protests. Through the week, Anaheim Police and Protesters Continue to Clash as Fires Burn.  A newscast of police unleashing an attack dog at one of the protests went viral.  The OCWeekly Blog took A Closer Look at Less-than-Lethal Weapons Fired at Anaheim Residents on Saturday Afternoon and the militarization of local police.

Plenty of paramilitary gear here as well, as the JTTF and FBI Raids Three Homes in North and Northeast Portland looking for anarchists.  After 9/11, every FBI office around the nation except one partnered with local police forces to set up Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs). The “except one” was Portland, which held out until a vote by the City Council last year put Portland Back In Joint Terrorism Task Force With Some Reservations.

The New York Times announced it will be Assessing the Trade-Offs Between Security and Civil Liberties during the weeks upcoming in The Caucus, the paper’s Politics and Government Blog.  Specifically, it will be inviting guest bloggers to weigh in on how three factors – “the desire to stay safe from terrorism, the drive for marketing data and the explosion of computer and communications technology…threaten to alter permanently the balance between security and liberty.”

Justice delayed is justice denied, but it can still be oh so satisfying. In Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Grilled On Racial Profiling…for 6 hours on the stand by plaintiffs’ attorney Stanley Young.   And in New Orleans, the notoriously violent and troubled New Orleans Police Agree to Plan for Sweeping Overhaul, finally, submitting to an extensive consent decree.  The Times-Picayune opined that the New Orleans’ Consent Decree is a Welcome Blueprint for Police Reform. The Consent Decree itself, 122 pages and 492 provisions, essentially replaces the department’s policy & procedures.

In droneworld, today’s New York Times has this excellent story about drone operators, performing  A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot a World Away.  Ahead of this week’s Washington – Islamabad intel summit, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman Urges US to End Drone Attacks, as does a group of British parlimentarians and German and Dutch politicos in a Cry Against Drones. Meanwhile, others in Europe Wants Drones to Spot Illegal Immigrants at Sea.

Steven Aftergood reports on two 2011 (but only recently released) reports to Congress, one that reveals the Security-Cleared Population Tops 4.8 Million, and another where the Justice Department Defends Use of State Secrets Privilege.

For those watching the Watch List and No Fly List, DHS’s Office of Inspector General has a new (redacted) report out on the Implementation and Coordination of TSA’s Secure Flight Program.  The report includes as Fig. 1 TSA’s “Multilayered Security Approach,” a graphic that manages to be both fascinating and nonsensical in an Alice in Wonderland way. OIG made four recommendations, with TSA concurring on two (regarding overrides of “inhibited boarding passes” and reporting aircraft operator compliance) and rejecting two (regarding prioritization of passenger data and coordination between the federal government and private industry).

And finally, top prize for underwhelming headline of the week: U.S. Admits Surveillance Violated Constitution At Least Once.

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