Police State

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13
Feb

5 Principles for the Anti-Police Brutality Movement

Can’t Touch This NYC

Over the past three months, anti-police brutality protests in New York City have forced the issue of police violence into the open, and taken control of the streets at a level unseen since the Occupy movement. No one can deny that a new movement has been born.

The response of the city and the NYPD to the protests can best be characterized as a kind of counterinsurgency strategy. While officials claimed to give the protests “breathing room,” their violence remained hidden: the NYPD arrested hundreds of people over several weeks, but avoided mass arrests; they beat and pepper-sprayed protesters, but avoided the cameras. And while some politicians expressed sympathy with the protests, they also sought to criminalize militancy. Officials offered select groups a seat at the bargaining table, and in exchange, asked them to denounce militant tactics and help police identify “troublemakers”.

Tue
10
Feb

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops

by Cyrus Farivar
Ars Technica
Feb 10 2015

If you’ve ever filed a public records request with your local police department to learn more about how cell-site simulators are used in your community—chances are good that the FBI knows about it. And the FBI will attempt to “prevent disclosure” of such information.

Not only can these devices, commonly known as "stingrays," be used to determine a phone’s location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. During the act of locating a phone, stingrays also sweep up information about nearby phones. Last fall, Ars reported on how a handful of cities across America are currently upgrading to new hardware that can target 4G LTE phones.

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