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.

Monday links (6/30/14)

Massachusetts takes 10 steps backward on medical marijuana. Chelsea man dies after being tasered by police, possibly due to a drug overdose.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad says they've been extremely busy because people are now scared of backpacks.

The Department of Justice is already trying to find ways to get around the Supreme Court's warrant requirement to search cell phones.

The Supreme Court's ruling against Aereo is a disaster for the technology industry.

In 2007, the top manager in Iraq for Blackwater threatened to murder a State Department investigator who was looking into the company and the government responded by shutting down the investigation instead of holding the Blackwater manager accountable.

Thursday links (6/26/14)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to sign bill prohibiting police from holding suspected undocumented immigrants for the federal government's S-Comm program. Why it's important that SWAT teams in Massachusetts are transparent.

Speaking of SWAT teams, the Brookline police posted this advertisement for their SWAT team on Twitter the other day:

Radley Balko points out that "Brookline has a population of about 60,000, and as of 2012 hadn’t seen a murder in six years."

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police can force a suspect to decrypt their electronic devices without violating the Fifth Amendment.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police cannot search a person's cellphone just because they've arrested that person, and must usually obtain a warrant.

The Supreme Court ruled against the internet service Aereo.

Newly released drone assassination memo points to another secret drone memo.