Freedom Watch: January 4, 2017
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JANUARY 4, 2017
WHITEHEAD: ON THE ISSUES
The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017
Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable, Researchers Say
AMERICAN POLICE STATE
South Florida Police Assault Business Owner Who Refuses to Give His Name to CPS
« I’m Gonna Make It Hurt! » Cop Suspended After His Own Son Filmed Him Brutally Beating His Sister
When Paper Tag Shows to Be Current, the Officer Can Still Talk to the Driver Within The « Mission » of the Stop
Cop Killers & Killer Cops: Lives Lost in US Officer-Involved Shootings in 2016
Family Settles NorCal Police Shooting Case
Illinois Law Enlists Hairstylists to Prevent Domestic Abuse
Arizona Man Claims Police Brutality After Body Camera Captures Officer Pushing Him to Ground
Colorado City to Pay $325,000 for Unlawful Search and Seizure
Report: 3 Miami Officers Fired Over Target Practice ‘Jokes’
Police Use of Tasers Down in Maryland, up in Baltimore
Why Some Problem Cops Don’t Lose Their Badges
Oversight Board Spares NYPD’s Feelings by Softening Language in Taser Complaint Report
Los Angeles’ Proposed Ban on Childless Adults in Playgrounds Is a Bad Idea.
Man Jailed Over Negative Yelp and Online Reviews Wants to Use Free Speech Defense at His Dallas Trial
House Republicans Back off Gutting Ethics Watchdog After Backlash From Trump
From the Archives: Ten Members of Congress Took Trip Secretly Funded by Foreign Government
SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY
Iris Scans Expanding as Latest and Hottest Surveillance Technology
The Government Didn’t Install the Cameras in Our Homes. We Did.
Police Commander’s Emails on Surveillance Plane ‘Unable to Be Retrieved,’ Baltimore Officials Say
Fight for a Free and Independent Press – It’s Crucial to a Democratic Society
AVATAR Robotic Kiosk Will Detect Lies in Travelers of the Future
Anti-Gun-Control Presentation on High School Student’s Flash Drive Leads to Psychological Exam, Litigation
One Third of Children in Silicon Valley Are Homeless While Tech Profits Soar
The Sinister Side of a Cashless Society
Spare a Dime? Cities Install Meters to Combat Panhandling
INTERNET / SOCIAL MEDIA
US Government Can Legally Access Your Facebook Data: Here’s How
2016’s Assault on the Internet Was Brutal. What About 2017?
South Carolina Legislators Introduce Three Bills Targeting Police Stingray Use
This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson.
George Orwell Understood C.S. Lewis … A Little Too Well
Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Becomes Best Seller in Germany
US Traffic Fatalities, 1985–2014, and Their Relationship to Medical Marijuana Laws
Seven Things to Show That You Are Not Living in The « Land of the Free »
2016: How Truth Was Destroyed So You’d Buy the Government’s Propaganda
In Evangeline Parish Arrest Scandal, Civil Liberties Took Back Seat to Decades of Tradition
A Letter to … All of the Permissive Parents Today
The Miranda Warning Needs to Be Updated for the Digital Age—Here’s How
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