Friday links (8/8/14)

Boston tested new facial recognition technology at a 2013 concert. Dedham police officer accused of using database access to aid kidnapping.

MBTA cops are mad about a plan that would let retired Boston cops work details.

AIDS Project Worcester trains opiate users in life-saving harm reduction strategies.

The Obama administration says the names of people who tortured must be kept secret from the public.

What does brain science say about free will? A local philosophy professor discusses.

Wednesday links (7/30/14)

At two rallies in Boston, people showed their support for and protested against the governor's plan to house migrant children in Massachusetts. An MBTA transit police sergeant was put on paid leave after being arrested three times in two days.

A state trooper who is accused of killing a mother and daughter in a drunk driving crash was allowed by a judge to leave the state and travel to Maine for a family vacation, angering the family of the victims.

Cambridge business allows people to try out 3D printers and laser cutting tools.

What are the chances of there being a second Probation Department scandal trial?

A report by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU finds that journalists and lawyers are being harassed and intimidated by government surveillance efforts.

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."

Friday links (6/27/14)

The Massachusetts law which created protest-free "buffer zones" around abortion clinics has been ruled unconstitutional by a unanimous Supreme Court. The mayor and police chief in Brockton want to install hundreds of surveillance cameras throughout the city and have a plan to force private businesses to install them.

5 people shot at a birthday part in Lowell.

MuckRock user makes a public records request for emails between the Boston Police Department and NSA.

Boston-based firm plans to develop technology to fight internet censorship.

Deval Patrick has signed a bill that will raise the state's minimum wage.

Senators working on legislation to stop government agencies from abusing an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act.

Friday links (6/20/14)

The Worcester county sheriff is taking eye scans of school children and putting them into a national database:

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates are clueless and behind the times when it comes to marijuana reform.

The Boston police fusion center "spent countless hours compiling a glorified Occupy Boston calendar listing while totally overlooking actual terrorists actually about to bomb and kill."

The Supreme Court rules that the First Amendment protects government employees from retaliation when they testify in court about corruption.

The mainstream media failed us on Iraq then and continues to fail us now.