It's been a while since I regularly posted about civil rights issues. Quite frankly, I think that the news was becoming so depressing that I needed a break from it. But, things are only getting worse and I feel a civic duty to chronicle the dissolution of our civil rights.
So, on that cheery note, let's begin, shall we?
- Wave to Big Brother, y'all: Mark Klein, a whistleblower and former AT&T employee claims that NSA is screening internet data of all US citizens. No, really? I never could have predicted that!
- Because privacy is so yesterday: Apparently, we, the American People, had better run out and buy neo-con dictionaries now that a " a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy." This, as Congress debates whether to revise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act so as to grant immunity to telecom giants facing over 40 wiretapping lawsuits. (AP)
- Resistance is futile: The LAPD is mapping Muslim communities so that we can
perfect them"map the locations of these closed, vulnerable communities, and in partnership with these communities . . . help [weave] these enclaves into the fabric of the larger society..." (LA Times)