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Interdictions. War-gear-flows-to-police-departments. Photo NEENAH, Wis. — Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki.

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Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small. The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice. Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism. Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism Posted on Oct 11, 2013 Note: Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer will be reunited this Sunday at a special event in Santa Monica.

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

Click here for more information and tickets. Seating is limited. Hedges will give a major talk on the myth of progress and Scheer will moderate a follow-up discussion with questions from the audience. Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is. Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story.

Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is

The story is what he has revealed about the hidden wiring of our networked world. This insight seems to have escaped most of the world's mainstream media, for reasons that escape me but would not have surprised Evelyn Waugh, whose contempt for journalists was one of his few endearing characteristics. The obvious explanations are: incorrigible ignorance; the imperative to personalise stories; or gullibility in swallowing US government spin, which brands Snowden as a spy rather than a whistleblower. In a way, it doesn't matter why the media lost the scent. What matters is that they did. Similarly, without Snowden, we would not be debating whether the US government should have turned surveillance into a huge, privatised business, offering data-mining contracts to private contractors such as Booz Allen Hamilton and, in the process, high-level security clearance to thousands of people who shouldn't have it.

That's all at nation-state level. Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks, Get a Visit from the Feds - Philip Bump. Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers.

Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks, Get a Visit from the Feds - Philip Bump

Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling? Update, 7:05 p.m.: Because the Googling happened at work. The Suffolk County Police Department released a statement this evening that answers the great mystery of the day. Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. Original article: Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit. Rise of the Warrior Cop. US Totalitarianism Wins Again As Appeals Court Brings NDAA's Indefinite Military Detention Back. Back in September we, somewhat naively, penned "US Totalitarianism Loses Major Battle As Judge Permanently Blocks NDAA's Military Detention Provision" in which we said that "in May, U.S.

US Totalitarianism Wins Again As Appeals Court Brings NDAA's Indefinite Military Detention Back

District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of a temporary injunction blocking the enforcement of the authorization for military detention. Today, the war against the true totalitarian terror won a decisive battle, when in a 112-opinion, Judge Forrest turned the temporary injunction, following an appeal by the totalitarian government from August 6, into a permanent one. " Sadly, the "victory" lasted about 10 months. Today, US totalitarianism wins again. In other words, every legal decision will be binding... until Obama's cronies in the 13 circuit courts of the appellate system get a tap on the shoulder. And with that, the time to be on the lookout for black helicopters is back. Libertés. Libertés. Ferguson et la nouvelle condition noire aux États-Unis. Les émeutes de Ferguson sont inédites depuis celles de Los Angeles en 1992.

Ferguson et la nouvelle condition noire aux États-Unis

Elles marquent la rupture de la paix raciale la plus durable depuis la seconde guerre mondiale aux États-Unis, et révèlent la transformation de la condition des populations noires depuis une dizaine d’années. D’un côté, les années 2000-2010 sont l’apogée du processus de pénalisation et de contrôle policier de la vie des Noirs. De l’autre, la décennie passée témoigne d’une stagnation, voire d’un recul, de la position des Noirs dans la société américaine. Contre le mythe de la société post-raciale, la place des Noirs se caractérise par une inégalité durable, dont les ressorts se sont transformés. Le cas de Michael Brown, un adolescent noir, désarmé et abattu de six balles par un policier blanc à Ferguson (Missouri) n’est pas isolé. L’État carcéral contre les Noirs La violence de la répression des manifestations à Ferguson est à replacer dans un contexte institutionnel. L’anticipation statistique du crime.