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Stalker Law, or How Did The Government Legalize Mass Surveillance of Innocent Peruvians

Peruvians understand the dangers of pervasive surveillance. Peru’s ex-spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos is serving a long jail sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. In 2001, Peruvian authorities seized about 2,400 videotapes made by Montesinos, which he used to manipulate political opponents and journalists whom he caught on film, a scandal also known as the […]

Loathsome Federal Drug Warrior Melinda Haag Is Retiring. California's Cannabis Community Rejoices.

Loathsome Federal Drug Warrior Melinda Haag Is Retiring. California's Cannabis Community Rejoices.

When Northern California U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced her retirement this week, the Bay Area’s medical cannabis community rejoiced.  Haag was a renegade drug warrior, shutting down over 600 state-compliant medical marijuana centers (she claimed they were too close to schools, parks, and playgrounds) and threatening their landlords with property seizures. She continued going after the […]

Speech Police Back Down at University of New Hampshire, But War on Words Is Not Over

Speech Police Back Down at University of New Hampshire, But War on Words Is Not Over

The University of New Hampshire’s outrageous Bias-Free Language Guide seems to have struck a nerve. The guide, which purports to help UNH students and faculty purge their vocabulary of dozens of offensive words and phrases—really hateful stuff, like “obese” and “midgets” and “elders”—was removed by the university’s president late last week after all corners of […]

Want To Go to Jail?

A lot of leaders in the tax protest movement have done jail time for their consistency. They did what they told others to do. They are now convicted felons with no money. Some are still in jail. Irwin Schiff is one of them. He may get out in two years. He has been in jail […]

Badges and Blasphemy

Badges and Blasphemy

Sheriff Doug Rader of Missouri’s Stone County complains that he is being“attacked” for a “patriotic gesture” – decorating his department’s patrol vehicles with the motto “In God We Trust.” By focusing on a largely symbolic controversy, both the sheriff’s defenders and detractors are ignoring a more tangible threat – the sheriff’s insistence, typical of his […]

Trophy Hunting

The killing of Cecil the lion by an American has apparently angered many Americans: The White House has received close to 150,000 signatures by Americans demanding that the U.S. dentist who killed a popular lion in Zimbabwe be extradited there for trial. The sinister nature of this event is spelled out (emphasis added): Cecil was […]

Cops Kill at Least 118 in July

Cops Kill at Least 118 in July

Early last month in “Crowdsourcing Police Brutality“, we highlighted an ongoing project at The Guardian which is attempting to tally the number of people killed by police in the US during 2015. Use of deadly force by authorities in America has become a hot button issue after several high profile cases involving the death of […]

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