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Many Americans are familiar with old-time speed traps, which became so notorious that most state legislatures reformed their systems to require local police and courts to deposit traffic fines into the state treasury to avoid the appearance of biased justice. Today, the old speed traps have all too often been replaced by forfeiture traps, where local police stop cars and seize cash and property to pay for local law enforcement efforts. This is a complete corruption of the process, and it unsurprisingly has led to widespread abuses.
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Quote 20 Sep 1,758 notes
And there is another American profession that has a significantly more alarming problem with domestic abuse. I’d urge everyone who believes in zero tolerance for NFL employees caught beating their wives or girlfriends to direct as much attention—or ideally, even more attention—at police officers who assault their partners. Several studies have found that the romantic partners of police officers suffer domestic abuse at rates significantly higher than the general population. And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help.
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Link 17 Sep 137 notes Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up»

Not terribly long ago in a country that many people misremember, if they knew it at all, a black person was killed in public every four days for often the most mundane of infractions, or rather accusation of infractions – for taking a hog, making boastful remarks, for stealing 75 cents. For the most banal of missteps, the penalty could be an hours-long spectacle of torture and lynching. No trial, no jury, no judge, no appeal. Now, well into a new century, as a family in Ferguson, Missouri, buries yet another American teenager killed at the hands of authorities, the rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.

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Link 17 Sep 725 notes Secret Law is Not Law»


The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Cindy Cohn is on fire: “Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as ‘law’ at all.”

The US Government and agencies like the DEA, NSA, TSA and FBI conduct mass-scale domestic surveillance on the basis of laws…

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How winning the cold war lost the cold war


How winning the cold war lost the cold war

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Quote 11 Sep 20 notes
If a private person uses force or threat of force to pull a vehicle over to the side of the road in order to steal the driver’s cash or car, it’s called highway robbery or carjacking. The person will go to prison, maybe for decades. But when the police do it, it’s called “asset forfeiture.” And it’s legal even when the person is never charged with any crime!
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Over the last decade, Americans have lost the bulk of their basic rights. The right to free assembly, privacy, fair trial, speech, search, at a minimum. These simply no longer exist—though the Constitution nominally “guarantees” them, they are ignored and violated on a daily basis as part of everyday life. That’s a small crack in a bigger collapse: the collapse of Constitutional Democracy.

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