With key provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire next week, it’s worth revisiting how the October 2001 legislation reshaped surveillance authorities along a number of fronts - including StingRay cell phone tracking.
The FBI file on outlaw icon Johnny Cash spans the years between 1969 and 1982, capturing the transition from his dark, drug-fueled days (and the associated property damage that came with it) to a concerned parent worried about anonymous threats against his family.
MuckRock's Shawn Musgrave testified today in support of two bills which would bring badly needed reform to the antiquated and toothless public records law in Massachusetts.
Last week, the Massachusetts public records chief determined that the Boston Police Department must either release documents on StingRay cell phone trackers, or else provide a more detailed rationale for withholding them.
As do private citizens, some ATF and DEA agents use their smartphones to sext each other. But we must hazard a guess as to the size of the issue, according to a recent inspector general report.
Ninety years ago today, Malcolm Little entered the world by way of Omaha, Nebraska, beginning a life in which he would gather many pseudonyms, many followers, many detractors, and a FBI file thousands of pages long — hundreds more still undisclosed — that traced the movement and doings of the infamous black leader Malcolm X.
Today, the Obama administration announced an immediate ban on certain types of military equipment transfers to local police. However, it's unclear what that means for ordnance the police may already posses - thanks to an earlier collaboration with The Marshall Project, you can find out if your local law enforcement agencies have any of the restricted gear.
Michigan Senator Carl Levin retired last December after 36 years on the Hill, most notably serving as the chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations. Communications between the Senator and the IRS - released via a FOIA request by Todd Feathers - showcase the Senator's long history of taking to task those who try to get out of paying their taxes.