All nodes in Dictatorship


The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.


There isn't much more I can say about this than Charles Belk didn't already say in his Facebook post. Here it is for everyone to see. He spent 6 hours at the station before they got a clue about who he was -- and who he wasn't.

Belk is involved with the NAACP, filmmaking and is a businessman in the Los Angeles area who was in Beverly Hills for pre-Emmy awards activities when a couple of Beverly Hills cops decided he was the guy who robbed a bank nearby. Here is his story.



Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home.

The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they’re fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power.


There’s an awkward feeling that many people of color in America experience when someone within their cultural identity group publicly does something embarrassing. I’m not talking about respectability politics here exactly (though there’s plenty of that to go around, especially among “model minority” groups). I’m talking more about the feeling that comes to (most) Indians’ minds when they think of Dinesh D’Souza, conservative-hack-filmaker and convicted felon, or Rajat Gupta and Mathew Martoma, Wall St. gluttons busted for insider-trading.