Feb 272017
 February 27, 2017  Surveillance, U.S. No Responses »

Ironically, perhaps, Joe Cadillic wrote on February 24:

Bourborn Street/Mardi Gras will never be the same, as police state America uses our fear of terrorism to turn 20 neighborhoods into a giant surveillance network! As you’ll see, no one is safe from New Orleans spying surveillance cameras.

Police are spending $40 million dollars to install over a hundred new license plate readers, remote sensing technology, roadblocks, high definition thermal cameras equipped with night vision and much more. Police have also spent $12.6 million on a new spying command center.

Of course, it didn’t prevent a drunk driver from injuring 28 people, but hey, it makes for great security theatre, right?

Read more on MassPrivateI.

Feb 272017

Kate Cox reports:

Last October, the FCC adopted a rule that limits what your internet service provider — home or mobile — can do with your private data. At the time, the rule was contentious, with two FCC commissioners dissenting volubly. One of those two commissioners, Ajit Pai, is now FCC Chairman, and he’s announced his plan to stop the privacy rule from taking effect because he thinks it’s not fair to pick on the Comcasts and Charters of the world.


Read more on The Consumerist.

Via Joe Cadillic

Feb 262017
 February 26, 2017  Misc No Responses »

Feb. 24 — Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2002, which would require the Department of Social Services to publish identifiable information for each refugee who is resettled in the Commonwealth. The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2002, which requires the Department of Social Services to publish a report consisting of individually identifiable information for each refugee who is resettled in the Commonwealth.

Many individuals and families placed in Virginia through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program are fleeing governmental oppression, persecution, and violence. Many leave their countries because they are targeted by their home country’s government, often for helping to further American interests. Disclosing such information in this political climate not only sends a message of discrimination and fear, but it also poses a real danger to many of our newest Virginians.

Refugees are in the United States legally. They undergo a more rigorous screening process than anyone else allowed into the United States. Creating a publicly available list of these individuals would send a message of exclusion to people looking for the chance to rebuild their lives free of tyranny and oppression.

Resettlement programs in Virginia already engage in regular community dialogues to discuss refugee and community needs. House Bill 2002 would create an unnecessary burden for already overworked nonprofit organizations and would limit these organizations’ ability to accomplish their mission of safely settling refugees in the Commonwealth.

As Virginians, we know the many benefits and contributions that refugees bring to our communities and Virginia’s economy. House Bill 2002 sets us on the wrong path. It does not reflect Virginia’s values.

Accordingly, I veto this bill.


Terence R. McAuliffe

Feb 262017

Andrew Welsh-Huggins reports:

The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing the constitutionality of a student’s backpack search that authorities say led first to the discovery of bullets and later a gun.

At issue before the high court is whether a second search of the backpack violated the student’s privacy rights, which are generally weaker inside school walls.

Courts say schools need “reasonable suspicion” for a search, compared to the higher “probable cause” evidence outside of school settings.

Read more on Washington Times.