Monday link (7/21/14)

The number of full-time reporters covering the Massachusetts State House is shrinking. Local journalist says he was almost thrown out of the State House for taking a picture.

Deval Patrick offers sanctuary to undocumented children in Massachusetts.

The Supreme Court's ruling on searches of cell phones leaves open a giant loophole in privacy law.

68% of Americans think elections are rigged in favor of incumbents.

Edward Snowden says that NSA employees consider looking at and sharing nude photos of the public to be a "fringe benefit" of their jobs.

Tuesday links (7/15/14)

The State Ethics Commission is looking into a possible "conflict of interest" after Agawam police gave a ride home to a officer who was involved in a drunk driving accident instead of arresting her. At the time of the accident, the officer was on leave after having shot a pregnant woman in the face. Medical marijuana caregiver who is suing the state has some choice words for the Department of Public Health.

Dozens of journalist groups have criticized the Obama administration's tight controls on what information is released to the media, calling them a "form of censorship."

NSA whistleblower Bill Binney says the agency records at least 80% of all domestic phone calls.

At the heart of the border crisis is the war on drugs, which is responsible for much of the violence in Central America that has caused people to seek refuge in the US.

Video-recorded confessions can be misleading.

Thursday links (7/10/14)

Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept have revealed the identities of several prominent American Muslim leaders who have been targeted by the NSA:

Read The Intercept's entire article about the NSA spying here.

Lowell man's eight arson-related murder counts tossed after he spent 31 years in prison due to prosecution's reliance on junk science and an involuntary confession.

MBTA police officer disciplined over racist Facebook post. Maybe he should have saved his comment for the Boston police union's newsletter.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that the smell of unburnt marijuana is not enough for police to justify searching a vehicle.

ABC News tells viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza are in Israel, even describing a Palestinian family as "an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can."

Monday links (7/7/14)

Defense attorneys question the appropriateness of the charges brought against several friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. DCF has been failing to comply with the Massachusetts public records law since it became the center of controversy.

Two recent federal court cases limit the detention of immigrants.

Just say no to the Olympics in Boston.

The NSA tracks 10 times as many people as it supposedly "targets."

Monday links (6/2/14)

A man from Quincy is the latest person to be arrested as part of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The government says Khairullozhon Matanov, a friend of the Tsarnaevs, lied to investigators and deleted files from his computer. So far, he has not been accused of any direct involvement in the bombing. When the Boston police spy on free speech, democracy suffers.

Brockton is trying to force private businesses to install surveillance cameras.

Two representatives from Massachusetts voted against restricting the federal government from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries (it passed anyway).

The NSA is collecting millions of photographs from the internet to develop facial recognition technology.

Friday links (5/30/14)

A federal court ruled that immigrants facing deportation in Massachusetts can't be held in jail indefinitely and must be given a bail hearing within six months. An Everett woman is suing the police department and an ambulance service, saying police used excessive force on her and the ambulance service did not provide adequate medical care.

The House has adopted a measure that would prevent the Justice Department from stopping states from implementing medical marijuana laws.

Emails show NSA officials discussing the best way to fend off FOIA requests.

John Kerry should "man up" and admit he was wrong about Edward Snowden.

Thursday links (5/29/14)

The murder conviction for ex-FBI agent and "Whitey" Bulger associate John Connolly has been overturned on a technicality involving the statute of limitations:

A Worcester police officer shot at a knife-wielding man yesterday morning, but none of the shots hit him.

A federal appeals court has upheld the right of a New Hampshire woman to record police. New Hampshire is in the same district as Massachusetts, so this will likely be cited as precedent in future court cases here.

Edward Snowden unlikely to return to the US due to the legal threats against him by the US government. Snowden's lawyer says the only way he is likely to come back is if the government agrees to some sort of negotiated settlement.

The NSA rejects a FOIA request to protect Edward Snowden's privacy (!).

Obama plans to leave almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. Who will be the last person to die for a mistake?

Why new laws are an ineffective response to tragedies.

Tuesday links (5/27/14)

Check out this picture from Watertown's Memorial Day parade:

The state government wants to regulate Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

Hyannis firefighters stop heroin overdose using the drug Narcan.

The case for abolishing the TSA.

Glenn Greenwald to publish list of US citizens who were targeted by the NSA.

Cryptome reveals that the head of the CIA in Kabul, Afghanistan is Mike Raiole.

Why every American should know about jury nullification.

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.