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Backlash to CA police militarization extends across political spectrum

The acquisition of a mine-resistant armored vehicle by the city of Davis has drawn national attention and fueled a statewide outcry over the armament of law enforcement with military-grade equipment. In a detailed history of the so-called militarization of California police, the

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Warrantless drone ban hovers over Brown’s desk

With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown could set the tone for state-level drone policy. After passing the Assembly and the state Senate, AB1327 will await Brown’s signature until the end of September. Legislation regulating the use of drones by law

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CA innovators lead on tech surveillance

Some of California’s lesser-known players in tech have seized the initiative in shaping the nation’s surveillance culture. Many Americans are familiar with the Taser, a nonlethal device used by law enforcement to shock and immobilize. Fewer are aware that the Taser

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Boston bombing: Why to expect bad fallout on two fronts 30

April 24, 2013 By Chris Reed The fallout from the April 15 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon continues. Initially, the primary reaction was tired partisan attempts to imply the fault was either somehow a) the president’s fault because of

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Drones a litmus test on trust in government 20

March 18, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -– Don’t you hate it when life starts to resemble one of those bleak, futuristic dystopian movies? I’m thinking of an almost unfathomable reality –- local and state governments are joining the feds

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Rand Paul helps jumpstart GOP morale 1

March 16, 2013 CalWatchdog.com Editors NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — It’s no secret that Republicans in the Golden State have been dispirited by the last two election cycles where the GOP has been relegated to virtually no power in statewide politics. 

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Rand Paul’s liberty loving filibuster 10

March 7, 2013 By Katy Grimes If you love liberty, you were probably among the millions of Americans watching U.S. Senator Rand Paul yesterday on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and are cheering today. Kentucky Sen. Paul dedicated 13 hours

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Giving up liberties for safety 8

Nov. 25, 2012 Katy Grimes: The government push for more domestic drones to spy on American citizens should give everyone chills. What could possibly go wrong? Last Spring, President Obama signed the approval of 30,000 drones to be used domestically, and the

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