Saturday links (5/24/14)

Newly released documents show that the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which is supposed to gather information about terrorist threats, used its resources to closely monitor legal activities by Occupy Boston activists. Perhaps that's part of the reason why the government failed to stop the Boston Marathon bombing. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the Florida state attorney to re-open his investigation of the shooting of Ibragim Todashev in light of the recent revelations about the FBI agent who killed him.

The ACLU says the mayor of Westfield, who was successfully sued for a First Amendment violation, should pay for the legal costs of the suit out of his own pocket instead of footing the bill to taxpayers.

Retired professor pushes for a bill that would require the state to post all government jobs online.

A thoughtful, critical take on the recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling that police can enter homes without warrants to help animals.

Study finds drone killings by the US government have no impact on the number of attacks by al Qaeda.

Judge backs down and reverses order banning the force-feeding of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Friday links (5/23/14)

The government now claims that the Tsarnaevs had help building the bombs used in the Boston Marathon bombing and that the bombs were built outside Tamerlan Tsarnaev's apartment. But that's the exact opposite of what they previously claimed. Yesterday marked one year since the fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev by the FBI, but we still have more questions than answers.

Man sues the Boston Police Department after they failed to act on his complaint about being falsely arrested for more than a year.

A Fall River police lieutenant who was just arrested for domestic violence is being allowed to retire which means he will be able to collect his full pension. This was his third arrest. The previous two were for drunk driving and public masturbation.

Massachusetts state Senate passes bill to remove licensing requirement for buying pepper spray.

Kade Crockford of the ACLU looks at the new Justice Department policy requiring the FBI to record interrogations and says it's full of loopholes and won't affect the majority of FBI interrogations.

The USA FREEDOM Act, which was supposed to curb NSA surveillance, has been passed by the House, but in watered-down form. Many of the bills original supporters have spoken out against the changes to the bill.

Thursday links (5/22/14)

The prosecutors for the Boston Marathon bombing case now say the bombs were so "sophisticated" that they "would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others." The City of Oakland is looking into the pension of the FBI agent who killed Ibragim Todashev. Aaron McFarlane retired from the Oakland police and has been collecting a disability pension from Oakland despite now working for the FBI.

Why Somerville's mayor was smart to reject the federal "Secure Communities" deportation program.

The FBI has finally decided to start audio/video-recording interrogations of suspects, however, the policy only applies to interrogations conducted after a suspect has been formally arrested. The new policy also applies to the DEA, ATF, and US Marshals.

Newly released NSA memo says that the NSA plays a "critical supporting role... in key DEA operations."

Tuesday links (5/20/14)

Hospitals spent the most money on lobbying in Massachusetts during 2013. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that defense attorneys must tell immigrant clients that deportation is "practically inevitable" if they plead guilty to a crime.

Report finds problems with care for people suffering from mental illness in Massachusetts.

The police shootouts that took place during the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt have led to an increase in mental health issues among Watertown's children.

Ibragim Todashev's killer: No wonder his identity was secret.

The NSA has been storing every phone call in the Bahamas.