The Over-Policing of America and Criminalizing Everyday Life

Chase Madar TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175781/tomgram%3A_chase_madar%2C_the_criminalization_of_everyday_life/ If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal. This is increasingly the American way of life, a path that...

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Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader Nader.org Homepage America was founded on the ideals of personal liberty, freedom and democracy. Unfortunately, mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data threaten to undermine civil liberties and our privacy rights. What started as a necessary means of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering during World War...

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Does Your Local Government Have a “Black Budget” Too?

Matthew Cagle Blog of Rights / ACLU https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty-criminal-law-reform/does-your-local-government-have As we learn more about the US intelligence community’s top secret, multi-billion dollar “Black budget” and how the NSA pays technology companies to comply with the Prism spying program, another mostly unnoticed pipeline moves billions of federal surveillance dollars from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

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10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic

Alex Henderson AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/10-ways-america-has-come-resemble-banana-republic?paging=off In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and ’60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most Americans. Problems and all, the U.S. had a lot going for it: a robust middle-class, an abundance of jobs that...

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