North Carolina used its regulatory power to "redefine" private citizens as farms, and an activist was arrested in Denver on the charge of jury tampering - despite the fact that he was merely handing out educational flyers on jury nullification. Elsewhere, however, a U.S. judge, the DoJ's own inspector general, and Alabama citizens have all, in their own arenas, pushed back against tyranny. And personal privacy faces another threat beyond politics, as a popular Android app is found to leave users' phone completely open to malware infection.Read More
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Use of cell phone interceptors - such as Harris Corporation's "Stingrays" - may be banned or severely restricted in California, and justice finds a deputy who lied to procure search and arrest warrants.
However, data collection and mining continue to flourish at the federal level, including several initiatives to enlist consumer technology companies - an industry that is discovering its own vulnerabilities - as "Little Brother" surveillance assistants.Read More
In 1958, DC Comics introduced a new character - "Bizarro Superman" - to their Superman storyline. He was a reversed shadow of the Man of Steel. His appearance was grotesque, his language convoluted and primitive, and his vocabulary was inverted, with "good" meaning "bad." A cute enough concept in a cartoon - but horrific in a nation of laws.
We now live in Bizarro America, where property is placed on trial, where guilt is presumed rather than innocence, where government secrecy and intrusion are applauded, and where citizens seeking privacy are treated with suspicion and contempt.Read More