With only 36 days until Election Day, we can start with voting. In a good look into the confusion caused by laws banning people with certain criminal convictions from voting, The Nation asks Has Florida Created a Trap at the Polls for Ex-Felons?
Beyond voting restrictions, housing, employment, and so on restrictions imposed on people withe criminal records vary from state to state. The ABA adn NIJ has put together a slickly designed National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction. Still a long way from being complete, but looks like it will be thorough when it is.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates. It’s part of their excellent Economics of Surveillance series, which includes this Can You Track Me Now? interactive graphic.
Danger Room took a look at Center for Civilians in Comabt’s new report on The Civilian Impact of Drones and concluded that Not Even the White House Knows the Drones’ Body Count.
The NYTimes reports that in Camden, NJ, To Fight Crime, a Poor City Will Trade In Its Police. More specifically, it will disband the unionized police department and hire back 65% more non-unionized officers.
The lead HuffPost story on Friday on the surge of warrantless electronic surveillance. The ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project new technologist Chris Soghoian called the surge “deep level creepy.”
Three items in the Don’t You Worry department. (1) The Director of National Intelligence has issued a new directive on protecting civil liberties and privacy; (2) DHS’s Privacy Office in its 2012 Annual Report to Congress details how the Privacy Office will continue to “protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency in all DHS activities”; and (3) the DHS’s Office of Inspector General in both its OIG Strategic Plan 2012-2016 and Summary of Significant Investigations implies it is arresting employees left and right for criminal misconduct. The Center for Investigative Reporting notes DHS/OIG is doing no such thing.
Steve Aftergood at Secrecy News has been digging through newly declassified docs, and has found a 1984 Reagan Directive on “Pre-emptive Neutralization” of Terrorists. Also, In 1962, JFK Was Urged to Take “Drastic Action” Against Leakers.
In Guernica magazine’s excellent Counter-Jihad Takes to the “Information Battle-space”, Aaron Labaree’s “look inside Pamela Geller’s 9/11 ‘Stop Islamization of Nations’ conference reveals apocalyptic language, racial paranoia, and surprising links to the political mainstream.”
You would think John Yoo’s infamous torture memo arguing the President has the legal authority to order the torture of alleged “enemy combatants” earned him enough a**hole points to last a lifetime. Apparently not. Yoo’s latest law review article argues that the President’s deferred action program for DREAMers oversteps the Constitution’s requirement that “the President “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In summary, to Yoo, DACA is caca, but torture is kosher.