Police surveillance is, one might argue, necessary. In an effort to detect and arrest criminals, the police require a certain array of tactics that can help them gather evidence that leads to prosecution of guilty parties.
Problems arise, however, when that surveillance and investigation transcend the direct, the specific, and focus not on the criminal, but the totality of a community.
For the Vancouver Police, the August 2016 revelation that they had used a Stingray (a “cell-site simulator”) is proving difficult to address, continuing the debate as to how far police powers and state surveillance should go.
Activist Post The establishment media is dying. This is not a biased view coming from “alternative media,” it is a fact borne out by metrics and opinion polls from within the establishment itself. It was true before the recent election, and is guaranteed to accelerate after their shameless defense of non-reality which refused to accept any discontent among the American population with standard politics. Now, … Continue reading Establishment Media Declares War On Their Competition As “Fake News”
Alexandra Stevenson The New York Times Every five minutes a satellite captures images of China’s biggest cities from space. Thousands of miles away in California, a computer looks at the shadows of the buildings in the images and draws a conclusion: China’s real estate boom is slowing. Traders at BlackRock, the money management giant, then use the data to help choose whether to buy or … Continue reading The Next Generation of Hedge Fund Stars: Data-Crunching Computers
Alan Gomez USA Today So how big will Donald Trump’s wall really be? The wall along the southwest border with Mexico was one of the president-elect’s signature campaign promises, as he railed against illegal immigration and vowed to seal the borders against criminals, terrorists and millions of people trying to enter the United States legally. Now, immigration experts are trying to figure out exactly how those policies … Continue reading Yes, Trump will have broad power to crack down on immigration
Rob Lever AFP Washington (AFP) – Governments around the world have stepped up efforts to block or censor social media and messaging applications, in a new blow to internet freedom, a watchdog group said Monday. The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House said online freedom declined in 2016 for a sixth consecutive year amid new restrictions on messaging platforms such … Continue reading Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps
Less than a week after Trump’s victory, the nationally syndicated talk-radio host is keeping his word, criticizing the appointment of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.
Steve Peoples, Jill Colvin & Ken Thomas AP Sequestered in his Manhattan high-rise, President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to fill key foreign policy posts. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as the favorite to serve as secretary of state, a senior Trump official said. Although Giuliani has little foreign policy experience, the official said there was no real competition for the job as … Continue reading Giuliani the Favorite As Trump Weighs Secretary of State