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  • We Won! No Spy Planes Over Miami.

    Responding to community outcry, police director Juan Perez withdraws his proposal to implement a Wide Area Surveillance program in Miami Dade County

  • Why Is A Senate Committee Bringing Message of Anti-Muslim Street Protests Onto Capitol Hill?

    Sunset sky over the US Capitol building dome in Washington DC.

    If the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) is interested in learning more about terrorism and effective strategies to protect against it, they should call as witnesses experts on terrorism, not purveyors of half-truths and innuendo.

  • Why Wide Area Surveillance is a Big Deal

    a camera films the city below

    Militarization of American police forces is becoming more and more common and, as a result of digital-age technologies and the use of smaller-scale surveillance cameras both publicly and privately, many people living in the United States today believe they have no privacy and, indeed, no right to expect privacy. They are misinformed.

  • UN Experts Decry Surge in Anti-Protest Bills in US States

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    “These state bills, with their criminalization of assemblies, enhanced penalties and general stigmatization of protesters, are designed to discourage the exercise of…fundamental rights.”

  • Spy Planes Over Miami

    airplane spying on city below

    The highly invasive technology was developed by the US Air Force during the Iraq War and features Cessna airplanes flying over an area filming all that goes on in a 32 square mile area below. But activists are fighting it.