NYCLU: E-ZPass Readers Gathering Info Far Away From Toll Plazas

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)The New York Civil Liberties Union is alerting drivers that the E-ZPass tags on their windshields are being used for more than just tolls.

The group released a map Wednesday pinpointing 149 locations in the five boroughs where E-ZPass is used for traffic management, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

In some areas of Midtown Manhattan, the readers are at nearly every intersection.

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“Those people didn’t really know that their E-ZPass tags were being scanned in this way,” said Mariko Hirose, staff attorney for the NYCLU.

Hirose said the group fears privacy policies are lax or nonexistent and wants “to make sure that the data is not going to be used for something else.”

The city’s Department of Transportation said the information is only…

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Henry A. Giroux: The War on Terrorism Targets Democracy Itself

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:

George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor people of color and any vestige of the social contract.

 By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout.org | News Analysis  April 14, 2015

George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor people of color and any vestige of the social contract. Free market policies, values and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution…

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Cop Who Shot and Killed 7-Year-Old Girl While Filming a Reality Show is a Police Officer Again

Originally posted on Aletho News:

By Cassandra Fairbanks | The Free Thought Project | April 19, 2015

Detroit, MI– Officer Joseph Weekley had not been on the force since 2010 when he shot a sleeping child in the head during a botched raid executed on the wrong home.

The raid was being filmed for an episode of The First 48, and many believe the excessive tactics used were employed simply to create drama and excitement for the camera. Unfortunately, a beautiful little girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, lost her life because of his reckless and violent actions.

Officer Weekely has now been reinstated to the force, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig. As part of the department’s integration program, Weekely will return to the department in a non-field position, but the chief has allowed for the possibility for him to eventually go back into the field, stating,

“It’s tragic what happened to Aiyana, it’s tragic. Sometimes…

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Man Dies Seven Days After Beating by Baltimore Police, Who Still Won’t Say Why They Arrested and Beat Him

Originally posted on Aletho News:

By Carlos Miller | PINAC | April 19, 2015

Freddie Gray, the 27-year-old man who was whisked away last week by Baltimore police and thrown into the back of a police van, only to later show up in a coma at a hospital, died earlier today.

But Baltimore police have yet to explain why they arrested him in the first place or how he ended up with a broken back.

Had it not been for witnesses video recording several officers dragging him into the van as he screamed in pain, he may have disappeared entirely without a trace.

But today, seven days after Gray was seen conscious and coherent as he was being dragged into the van, police are saying they cannot comment until a “proper and thorough investigation is undertaken.”

In other words, they are waiting to see if any other video surfaces before they create their narrative which will…

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Worse Than The Ku Klux Klan

Originally posted on Real Science:

White progressives are the most prejudiced people on the planet. In order to fill the void in their lives, they imagine that other people need their help. This makes them feel superior. This requires that they keep other people permanently down.

Columbia, Maryland is the ultimate proof that progressive philosophy is a disaster. The town was set up to be a melting pot, with equal expectations on all people. Great schools, great opportunities, civil society.

It has worked very well, until recently – when the White House launched their “race baiting all the time – black lives matter campaign” They made heroes of thugs Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Bad is good, good is bad. White people are the enemy. Police are the enemy.

As an inevitable consequence of Obama’s behavior, over the past 18 months this place has started to be overrun by gang-style activity. I was possibly shot at on…

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Police in Brooklyn crowd shoot at a dog from 3 feet away and miss—both dog and people in the crowd

Originally posted on Later On:

NYPD training needs some sprucing up. Here’s the story and the video.

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RFID tracking system to replace license plates in USA?

Originally posted on THE INTERNET POST:

‘Until recently our auto travels — in public — have been essentially private. Scattered individuals may have observed our locations at given moments, but the bulk of our public movements have been practically obscure. Nobody collected data in a systematic or useful way, and our movements were lost to history.

That is no longer true. Public and private entities are scanning license plates, snapping photos of our cars, and storing the times and locations where they appear. Close correlation between license plate numbers and particular drivers means that databases of mundane information about auto movements also reveal quite sensitive information about doctor and psychologist visits, business meetings, trysts, gatherings of legal advice and participation in political advocacy. License plates and cameras are, as I testified to Congress more than a dozen years ago, “Big Brother infrastructure.”’

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