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The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program

The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program

The Philadelphia Police Department is using Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR), which enable patrol car mounted and stationary pole cameras to collect images of over 1,800 license plates per minute over a 24/7 period. This information is then stored on servers located inside Philadelphia’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and Philadelphia’s fusion center, the Delaware […]

The Death of Irony, Or, University Of Penn’s Secret Meetings On Secret Laws

The Death of Irony, Or, University Of Penn’s Secret Meetings On Secret Laws

It is a crisp Saturday morning in late November, and the University of Pennsylvania’s campus is just barely stirring, as I walk into the Silverman building and head towards Room 147, excited about this morning’s roundtable discussion: Spying and the Judiciary: FISA and Other Special Courts. The event is one of seven moderated discussions included in the university’s […]

The Justice Department’s Assault On Northern Ireland’s Peace Process And The First Amendment

The Justice Department’s Assault On Northern Ireland’s Peace Process And The First Amendment

Oral histories of political movements give us glimpses of the participants who helped shape the world we know today. They often provide raw, personal first-hand accounts of peoples’ struggles. These projects also help to maintain historical truths that are often tainted by government revisionism and lost to cultural amnesia. Tacit confidentiality agreements between historians and […]

Standing Up To The Richest Man In The World

Standing Up To The Richest Man In The World

An honorable degree? “I am concerned that George Washington University – an American icon – is sending the wrong message to Mexicans wanting to come to this country to work hard and build a life,” Jeffrey Brewer, an Occupy D.C. Protester, says to me. “What are George Washington University’s values? Do they want to hold […]

Is It Time To Occupy Big Media?

Is It Time To Occupy Big Media?

“Between the public sector and the private sector, we have wreaked untold havoc on the media environment.” These aren’t the words of a progressive media advocate such as University of Illinois professor Robert McChesney or The Nation’s John Nichols, but of ex-FCC commissioner Michael Copps in January. In an interview on Democracy Now!, Copps attributes […]

Occupy The Justice System: Jury Nullification

Occupy The Justice System: Jury Nullification

The Occupy movement has been instrumental in not only changing our national conversation on issues such as poverty and massive income inequality, but on shedding an unwavering light on the corporate criminal class too. The movement has these moneyed thugs shaking, and one need look no further for evidence of this than in the violent, […]

Occupy 2.0: Persisting In A Police State

Occupy 2.0: Persisting In A Police State

“No government can exist for a single moment without the cooperation of the people, willing or forced, and if people withdraw their cooperation in every detail, the government will come to a standstill.” –Gandhi The Occupy movement is now a genie that cannot be put back in its bottle. And while it has certainly gone […]

Reimagining A Revolution In Boston: Three Days With #OccupyBoston

Reimagining A Revolution In Boston: Three Days With #OccupyBoston

“I’ve lost faith in the country. I don’t think the politicians represent the people, and they certainly don’t represent me.” –Sean, age 22, #OccupyBoston Boston’s General Assembly is in full swing when I arrive from Lower Manhattan. They’re discussing full inclusion, in this case Tea Party members. I had heard talk of a letter circulating […]

To Liberty Plaza’s Patriots: “Change The Hearts Of The Oppressed”

To Liberty Plaza’s Patriots: “Change The Hearts Of The Oppressed”

Something important is happening at Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The encampment that began there on Saturday, September 17th, is a vocal and stark reminder of growing American youth discontent. Banks and other corporations are sitting on record profits and CEO salaries continue to climb at an unprecedented rate, while students and the average American […]

The Security State Is Watching, But The Peaceful Revolution Must Continue.

The Security State Is Watching, But The Peaceful Revolution Must Continue.

When nonviolent demonstrations (like occupying a public sidewalk) and online civil disobedience (like crashing a website) against Wall Street’s crimes and the hijacking of American democracy by big-moneyed interests strike fear into the U.S. security state, it only makes those demonstrations more relevant and necessary. The mere act of challenging institutional corruption and the security […]

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