Category: Police State

Senate Defense Bill Aims to Scrub Cyber Adversaries from U.S. Military Tech

Joseph Marks | DefenseOne | Source URL The bill would require companies to disclose if they’d shared source code with foreign governments. Companies that sell equipment and services to the U.S.military will be forced to disclose business ties that allow foreign governments to access their sensitive data, such as software source code, […]

Police Now Threatening to Arrest People Who Make Fun of Their Facebook Posts About Drug Busts

John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL When stumbling across a police department’s social media page, it easy to see how out of touch law enforcement is with the rest of society. If police understood what people truly cared about, their social media pages would at least […]

Secret FBI Program Now Jailing Activists for Speaking Out Against Police Brutality on Facebook

Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Dallas, TX – When militarized FBI agents clad in tactical gear raided the home of Rakem Balogun in December 2017—forcing him and his 15-year-old son outside in their underwear on the cold and windy night as agents ransacked his residence—he thought […]

China Rapidly Building Advanced Arms for Use Against U.S.

Space weapons, drones using artificial intelligence priority in Beijing military buildup Bill Gertz | Washington Free Beacon | Source URL China is rapidly building space weapons and other advanced arms infused with artificial intelligence capabilities as part of Beijing’s bid for military dominance, according to a congressionally sponsored study. Anti-satellite […]

Local Cops Can Skirt State Limits on Surveillance By Joining Federal Task Forces

Michael Maharrey | The Foundation for Economic Education | Source URL By joining joint law enforcement task forces run by the federal government, local cops can often ignore stringent state and local laws governing surveillance and engage in warrantless spying. It’s well-known that a federal program known as “Equitable Sharing” […]

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

Bill Gertz | Washington Free Beacon | Source URL | Blog Archive The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots. Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests […]

Man Files Complaint Against Border Patrol for Trespassing—So They Put a Spy Camera On His Property

Rachel Blevins | The Free Thought Project | Source URL | Blog Archive Encinal, Texas – A landowner has filed a lawsuit after he discovered that Border Patrol agents had illegally placed a camera on his property that gave them access to 24/7 surveillance of his land, and they then […]

Police Warn Reporters Not to Report News Until Cops Give Them Permission—Or Face Consequences

Rachel Blevins | The Free Thought Project | Source URL | Blog Archive State police are demanding that local media outlets must wait until they have received official press releases before reporting on ongoing investigations. Pikeville, Kentucky – Local media outlets are speaking out after they received emails from a […]

Sheriff in Florida shooting calls for power to detain over social media

Daniella Silva | NBC News | Source URL | Blog Archive The county sheriff in charge of investigating the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, pleaded with lawmakers on Thursday to give police and doctors more power to involuntarily hospitalize people for psychiatric evaluation over violent and threatening social media […]

Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties, Disproportionately Affects People of Color

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL | Contact | PDF | Blog Archive San Francisco, California—Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes […]

Seattle Ice Lawyer Charged with Stealing Immigrants’ Identities and Using Them to Commit Fraud

Christina Zhao Newsweek (Source) (Blog Archive) The chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team in Seattle has been accused of stealing immigrants’ identities and using them to defraud credit card companies. Raphael A. Sanchez was charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a court […]

Police Dept. Now Having Parents Label Their Autistic Kids So Cops Don’t Kill Them

Rachel BlevinsThe Free Thought Project Olathe, KS – Police officers are making an attempt to keep from murdering innocent individuals who suffer from autism, by putting the burden on family members to ensure that their loved one with special needs is accompanied with a sticker. The car stickers, which were […]

General Dynamics to buy government IT contractor CSRA for $6.8 billion

Reuters U.S. defense contractor General Dynamics said on Monday it would buy smaller rival CSRA for about $6.8 billion to expand its information technology unit, which provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense. General Dynamics’s $40.75-per-share cash offer represents a premium of 32 percent to CSRA stock’s closing price on Friday. CSRA’s shares […]

Pentagon Requesting $66 Million For Laser Drones to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

Patrick Tucker DefenseOne (Source) (Blog Archive) The Missile Defense Agency is rushing to put more solutions in the field and trying to put past failures behind them. One of the smaller line items in the Missile Defense Agency’s $9.9 billion budget request for 2019 is also one of the most interesting: $66 […]

More than a third of all US ex-cons who can’t vote live in Florida. Why?

A judge found that the vote restoration process in Florida used arbitrary means to decide who is worthy. The state has until Feb. 12 to come up with remedies to the constitutional violations. Patrik Jonsson The Christian Science Monitor (Archive) AMERICAN BEACH, FLA. The first time the Florida poet Devin […]

Are robot cops the future of efficient, bias-free policing?

Steve Nelson The Washington Examiner The era of police hiding behind bushes and catching drivers who exceed 30 miles per hour may be coming to an end. In years, maybe decades, the young officer with a quota could be replaced by a robotic cop car. Unsympathetic to excuses and invulnerable […]

Transparency Advocates Win Release of NYPD “Predictive Policing” Documents

Late last month, a Manhattan judge ordered the New York City Police Department to release documentation about the department’s use of secretive and highly controversial “predictive policing” surveillance technology, scoring a win for advocates of transparency on police policy. The documents came to light as part of a lawsuit against […]

Top secret HUMAN TESTING in China to create SUPERHUMAN army in military revamp

CHINA’s mission to create an army of superhumans is expanding at a worryingly fast pace as the country rapidly invests in its controversial genetics research and development programme, a new study has revealed. It has been revealed that over the last three years at least 86 people have undergone surgery […]

Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding An End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions

FLORIDA PRISONERS ARE calling for a general strike to start this week — marking the third mass action over the course of a year in protest of inhumane conditions in the state’s detention facilities. Detainees in at least eight prisons have declared their intention to stop all work on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones. Really.

A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft. On Wednesday, the the Defense […]