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April 24, 2015 by Fasharra Branagan

Earlier this month, Amnesty International developed a new toolkit to help grassroots organizers build support for accountability for the CIA’s longstanding torture transgressions. The “American Torture Story” campaign aims to mobilize everyday Americans to urge the Justice Department to read the Senate’s historic report on CIA torture and take action by prosecuting the international crimes it revealed.

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April 24, 2015 by BORDC Staff

This Tuesday, April 21, BORDC's Shahid Buttar joined Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to discuss Stingray technology. Developed by the CIA and now used around the country by local police under FBI supervision, Stingrays mimic cell phone towers and conduct surveillance untethered by judicial warrants. 

Explaining why the local use of Stingray surveillance is constitutionally problematic, Buttar said (at 3:16):

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April 24, 2015 by Fasharra Branagan

On April 10, 2015, BORDC’s own Shahid Buttar spoke at an event aimed to discuss the role of whistleblowers in our present “security state." Accompanied by a documentary viewing of War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State, the discussion was held at Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Newbury Park, CA and was in reaction to the relatively recent whistleblower activity ie. Edward Snowden and many others.

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April 23, 2015 by BORDC Staff

It is with bittersweet emotions that BORDC wishes a fond farewell to to its communications specialist, Becca Bodner. After nearly a decade of advocating for people's rights as a public defender, Becca joined our team last July. Her legal acumen, combined with her earlier career in journalism and the media, made Becca uniquely qualified to take on the issues we all care about.

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April 21, 2015 by Jillian Kane

On April 14, 2015 the Washington state legislature passed a bill that requires a warrant before using a stingray device. A stingray device is a device that collects cellphone data by stimulating a transmitter tower. This bill was approved by both legislatures without opposition. This is a huge step for Washington.

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April 21, 2015 by Fasharra Branagan

The Montana Senate rcently passed a bill that will effectively limit federal militarization of the state police force. Passed in a landslide win of 46-1, the bill will “heavily diminish the effect of federal surplus equipment programs that militarize local police”. Introduced by Rep. Nicolas Schwaderer, a Republican, the House Bill 330 sets heavily requirements and the banishing of local law enforcement agents from using excessive force on community members.

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April 17, 2015 by Christina Murray

Cleveland police departments are rolling out new security protocols, giving their officers cameras in the hopes of reducing police violence. They decided that almost all of their officers will be wearing them by June, and they decided this without telling any members of the public— who are the ones most affected by police brutality—their plan.  

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April 16, 2015 by Shahid Buttar

 

Recent reports suggest that Congress is turning its attention towards meager surveillance reform proposals that -- despite the apparent confusion of congressional aides -- would enable mass spying / bulk collection to continue.

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April 16, 2015 by Guest Blogger

This piece was written by Thomas Hedges of Diffending Dissent Foundation and was originally published on April 13, 2015.

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