Civil liberties and Privacy

Report on UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident One Sided, Impaired By Lack of Balance

Last fall, police used pepper spray during protests at the University of California-Davis, and afterwards, the Reynoso Task Force was tasked with investigating the incident and compiling a report. The lack of balance and impartiality in the Reynoso Task Force membership casts doubt onto its conclusions, some of which are valid. As a result, their report is distinctly one-sided, providing serious criticism of the police while not mentioning the roles and responsibilities of protesters and protest organizers.

Senate bill would offer temp student visas to some illegal immigrants

CQ Homeland Security A new effort from Sen. Michael Bennet would offer temporary student visas to young people brought to the country illegally as children who enroll in college.Bennet’s bill would primarily create a new green card category for graduates in science, technology, engineering and math — known as the STEM fields — that would […]

TSA Holiday Ditty: Grandma Got Molested at the Airport

Here’s hoping TSA has a sense of humor in the stressful holiday travel season.

Republican Presidential Debate Gets F for Patriot Act

The first question asked in the Republican Presidential debate last night was on the Patriot Act—and all the candidates got it wrong. The investigative authorities in the act were described as something extraordinary—something special for the needs of national security. That is just incorrect. It is stunning that a decade after 9/11 so much misinformation about the act still pervades the public debate.

The Newest Hardline Protestor Threat to Police

The newest threat to police from hardline protestors is “doxing” – the photographing of police and publishing their personal details, and sometimes that of their families, to the Internet. This tactic has been used to attempt to intimidate officers during events with protestors calling out officers’ names as they film and telling them they will be “doxed.” This tactic is an import from the hardline protest movements in Britain and should be of significant concern to police at all levels of operations and command, although it does have a very simple remedy.

Moral Equivalence – Really?!?

Over the last few weeks, events have led people with interesting points of view to make claims of moral equivalence between actions in and by the United States and actions by others. The first is between the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki by a U.S. drone strike and the planned assassination of the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. by agents of Iran. How can any reasonable person suggest that since the United States took out Awlaki, we have no business criticizing Iran for plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador? Let’s make accurate comparisons and proper analyses as we evaluate events here and abroad.

Cyber Security Awareness Month? That's $388 billion worth of awareness

eSoft, Inc. | Cyber Security Awareness – Cyber Crime Cyber Crime is this weeks’ topic for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. A recent study by Norton calculated the annual cost of global cybercrime at $114 billion dollars. Add in the time expense in dealing with cyber crime experiences and this amount surges to $388 billion […]

TSA expands testing of 'chat-down' program

TSA expands testing of ‘chat-down’ program – The Hill’s Transportation Report The Transportation Security Administration added a second airport to its behavior-detection interview program, dubbed “chat downs” by critics. TSA tested the program this summer at Boston’s Logan Airport, interviewing travelers as a means of assessing suspicious behavior by their reactions to certain questions.

omeland Security moves forward with pre-crime detection

Homeland Security moves forward with pre-crime detection : Homeland Security News An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the […]

Full Body Scanner "Naked" Pictures Eliminated with New TSA Software

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began using full-body scanners in airports, the now-iconic “naked” images spurred a public debate over privacy and security. As a result, TSA has started implementing new software in its Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines, removing anatomical detail and automatically targeting concealed objects on a generic outline. This technology will have at least two notable ramifications: airport security infrastructure footprint should shrink and the debate over full body scanners will shift away from privacy concerns.