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.
REAL ID threatens privacy, creates bureaucratic chaos, costs a fortune, and doesn’t do what it purports to do. More than nine states haven’t embraced REAL ID yet, and we can see why.
The Obama Administration’s CVE program focused on ideology and identified lawful activities that could be signs of a budding terrorist (with no evidence thereof). The Trump Administration wants to make the program even worse.
The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 is as ambitious as the current atmosphere surrounding racial and religious profiling is terrifying.
The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. It says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Believe it or not, there’s some good news. The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, which is chaired by BORDC/DDF Patriot Award winner Brian Hofer, in January approved and passed to the Oakland City Council an ordinance that calls for close scrutiny of the city’s spy gear.
If the phrase “possibly illegal federal actions” makes you think of Donald Trump, you’re on the right track. Civil rights groups are more concerned about police participation in FBI investigations under the Trump administration than ever before.
There’s no Senate confirmation required for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. He’s in, and we can only hope he doesn’t make the phrase “in like Flynn” mean terrible things for our national security. He has extreme opinions, is unpredictable, and doesn’t have a great grasp on reality.
Steven Woolfolk is the director of public programming and marketing at the Kansas City Public Library, He was arrested during a library event in May for defending a patron’s First Amendment rights.