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Today: Thu, September 29 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Repression and Police State
28 December 2015
 
 
The Case for Clemency - Part 3
by Chase Madar
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Our criminal justice system is the most politicized in the industrialized world: can this defect be exploited to work in favor of clemency? Dreamers like to imagine that fiscal pressures will by themselves reform criminal justice, but this is to ignore history: the expansion of our prison population began in a time of austerity, the 1970s. It is also to ignore economic facts: the average cost of maintaining a prisoner is typically much higher than the marginal cost. Only by shrinking the incarcerated population enough to shut down entire prisons can any significant savings be realized.

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26 December 2015
 
 
The Case for Clemency - Part 2
by Chase Madar
 sub-topic» General

The type of clemency we need today, however, is to remedy a problem several orders of magnitude larger, admitting not legal or judicial error but political or legislative disaster. A rushing, roaring clemency pipeline would be an explicit recognition that the various state and federal tough-on-crime policies, virtually all of which passed with broad bipartisan support, were dead wrong.

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24 December 2015
 
 
The Case for Clemency - Part 1
by Chase Madar
 sub-topic» General

Whether we admit it or not, we are in quite a spot: our hyper-incarceration is unprecedented in U.S. history. Rectifying this will require changes in policing, a cutting back of what we criminalize, and serious revision of our sentences, which far outstrip their deterrent value. Another part of the solution will have to be clemency on a massive scale: pardons, which all but expunge a criminal record; commutations, which shorten a prison sentence; parole; geriatric and compassionate release; and retroactive sentencing reform.

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05 December 2015
 
 
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
by Christopher Burg
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You have to hand it to France, it sure knows how to milk a crisis for everything it’s worth. The terrorist attacks occurred 17 days ago and the French government is still has a state of emergency in place and is using its fancy emergency powers to lock people in their homes under the threat of imprisonment (or death).

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22 July 2015
 
 
Surveillance legislation unlawful
by Liberty
 sub-topic» General

Today we won a vital victory in the fight against unchecked surveillance – thanks to your support.

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11 June 2015
 
 
Dear TSA: Give Up Already
by David Friedman
 sub-topic» General

According to multiple news stories, tests of TSA airport inspection by Department of Homeland Security red team agents found that 95% of simulated bombs and weapons were missed by the inspectors. That suggests that the considerable costs and hassles imposed by TSA on passengers over the past thirteen years accomplished almost nothing. The response by both government spokesmen and the media is that they just need to try harder, do a better job. It does not seem to have occurred to anyone that if, after thirteen years, TSA is still unable to keep people from getting bombs and weapons onto airplanes, perhaps it should give up.

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30 May 2015
 
 
A Pause for Thought?
by Liberty
 sub-topic» General

We’ve already got a “British Bill of Rights” – it’s called our Human Rights Act. Let’s make sure it stays that way.

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28 May 2015
 
 
Another Surveillance Law: One More Step Towards the Big Brother State
by Sean Gabb
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I suggest, given all the available evidence, that this country is ruled at best by some very stupid and incompetent people. At worst it is ruled by people who say they need a police state because they want to fight crime and terrorism, but in fact need fears of crime and terrorism because they want a police state. Whatever the case, they should not be given the right to gather and store details of our electronic communications.

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10 February 2015
 
 
Do they have something to hide?
by Liberty
 sub-topic» General

There’s been a lot of this kind of thing about recently. On Tuesday, we discovered that police forces in England and Wales have uploaded 18 million photographs to a facial recognition database – including people never even charged with an offence. An incredibly invasive tool, created with no public or parliamentary consultation and with little regard for the law (which you’d think the police would be more concerned with), designed to track millions of us – regardless of guilt or innocence.

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18 September 2014
 
 
Daniele Watts and the Need to Legalize Prostitution
by Gina Luttrell
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If all of this sounds familiar—discrimination against people of color, stopping and hurting people for peaceful activity, all because something that does not harm anyone is illegal—perhaps that is because it is eerily similar to the stories we hear out of the War on Drugs. Prostitution—not sex trafficking—hurts no one. Consensual behavior between two adults should not be subject to the whims of the state, even when—especially when—that behavior involves sex.

For this, and a hundred thousand other reasons, it’s time to legalize prostitution, and give these people some peace.

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07 September 2014
 
 
David Cameron Accused of Offending 'Basic Principles of Law' with Terrorism Plan
by the Huffington Post UK
 sub-topic» General

David Cameron has been warned that his plan to prevent British citizens who are accused of fighting with terror groups abroad from returning home offends the "basic principles" of British law.

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25 February 2014
 
 
Honing in on the Surveillance State
Their lies are coming unravelled
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» General

All of which brings us a bit closer to showing that the central purpose of the NSA’s activities has zero to do with real terrorism, rationally defined, and everything to do with going after "rogue" actors, such as WikiLeaks and yours truly, who are engaged in what we used to call journalism. They don’t care all that much about, say, al-Qaeda in Syria as they do about Assange’s personal life or what my "real name" is (as they put it in an April 2004 memo)..

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28 November 2013
 
 
Measuring the Extent of a Police State
by Wendy McElroy
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People dismiss America's drift into totalitarianism for several reasons. One of them is how thoroughly Americans have come to identify freedom with political procedures, like the 'right' to vote, to run for office or to petition a congressman. But these alleged freedoms still exist because they serve the state and not the individual. The state relies upon people's participation for its legitimacy. These faux freedoms only keep people from demanding the real thing. Freedom does not rest upon access to the state; it rests on the word "no," spoken by individuals.

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17 November 2013
 
 
I Was Wrong on "Opting Out"
by Robert P. Murphy
 sub-topic» General

If everybody who objects to the TSA opts out, it would force the government’s hand to either discontinue the scanning or to drop the farce that it is “voluntary.” That’s why I will be opting out as much as possible in my future traveling.

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14 November 2013
 
 
A grilling that wouldn't have scared a puppy
by Isabella Sankey
 sub-topic» General

As feared, yesterday’s “grilling” consisted of friendly and open-ended questions – resulting in few specific answers and barely anything not already on the public record. These public servants have presided over blanket surveillance of the entire population without public, parliamentary or democratic mandate. But Parliament’s response yesterday was woeful. There was also an odd, circular feel to proceedings with questions about accountability met by repeated statements about oversight by the Committee – despite the fact that little of substance was discussed.

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