Wednesday links (7/9/14)

Massachusetts law doesn't adequately protect people who have been falsely accused of crimes:

Patients sue Massachusetts for access to medical marijuana.

Man who spent more than three years in prison for a wrongful conviction sues Massachusetts for half a million dollars.

Police in West Springfield have two grenade launchers, but can't give a straight answer why.

TSA says you can't take an electronic device on a flight if the batteries are dead because... terrorism!

Feds break up their own fake smuggling operation at Logan

Yesterday, the feds busted five airline workers at Logan Airport who apparently believed they were smuggling money on behalf of a drug dealer. In reality, the smuggling operation was fake. The money they were smuggling was given to them by an informant.

No drugs were actually sold, no cash was actually smuggled, and no one was hurt. These supposed crimes never would have occurred if the government hadn't deliberately coordinated them. As the lawyer for one of the men put it, "I think this is a situation where the government created a crime."

Think about the money and resources that went into coordinating this sting operation. Now add the cost of the trials for the five men. Now add in the cost of imprisoning these men for sentences that could add up to a century if they are all convicted and given the maximum sentence.

Last year, Boston police were only able to clear 16 of the 40 homicides in their jurisdiction -- less than half. Perhaps Boston would be safer if the resources spent by the feds to create fake smuggling rings were instead spent on solving real crimes with identifiable victims.

Wednesday links (5/28/14)

New released documents show the Boston police "fusion center" monitored the activities of Mayor Marty Walsh, who was a state representative at the time. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo proposed a bill that would make a number of changes to the state's already stringent "gun control" laws.

It's illegal to go hunting in Massachusetts on Sunday, but a new bill could change that.

Boston taxi companies should focus on offering better service rather than shutting down their competitors like Uber.

FOIA requests show transgender travelers have been singled out by TSA agents.

The Supreme Court rules that it's illegal to be near the president if you're protesting.

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.