revolutionsociety

questionall:

Source: All Gov.

Police in New Hampshire were wrong to arrest a woman trying to film a traffic stop, which constituted a violation of her First Amendment rights, a federal appellate court has ruled.

The First Circuit Court of Appeals found in a favor of Carla Gericke, who tried to record police in the town of Weare after her friend was pulled over in March 2010.

Standing 30 feet from the officer, Gericke pointed her video camera, which was later found to be not working and failed to record events. Sergeant Joseph Kelley did not instruct Gericke to put the camera away while dealing with her friend, Tyler Hanslin, who was stopped for a traffic violation.

But a second officer at the scene, Brandon Montplaisir, arrested Gericke for unlawful interception of oral communications and seized her camera.

The charges were later dropped. Gericke, however, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers and the town. The police failed to convince a federal judge that they were entitled to qualified immunity, prompting an appeal to the First Circuit.

There, a panel of judges ruled that Gericke was acting within her constitutional rights to film the traffic stop.

“Under Gericke’s account, she was permissibly at the site of the police encounter with Hanslin,” Judge Kermit Lipez wrote. “It would be nonsensical to expect Gericke to refrain from filming when such filming was neither unlawful nor the subject of an officer’s order to stop. In the absence of such restrictions, a reasonable police officer necessarily would have understood that Gericke was exercising a clearly established First Amendment right.”

The issue of citizens recording law enforcement officers has garnered increased attention as a result of the widespread use of smartphones with video recording capabilities. So many cases have been litigated in various states that a year ago the Obama administration Justice Department weighed in in the case of Mannie Garcia, a photojournalist who, in June 2011, took pictures of two police officers in Wheaton, Maryland, making an arrest. The Justice Department took the position that all Americans have a First Amendment right to record law enforcement officers performing their duties. The department added that Americans are protected under the Fourth and 14th Amendment from having their recordings seized without a warrant or due process.

-Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:

Right to Record Police Affirmed by 1st Circuit (by Lorraine Bailey, Courthouse News Service)

Carla Gericke v. Gregory Begin (First Circuit Court of Appeals) (pdf)

Justice Dept. Supports Right of Citizens to Photograph and Film Police (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Illinois Law Criminalizing the Recording of Police Activity Comes to an End after 51 Years (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

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america-wakiewakie:

NSA is saving your facial web images, millions on daily basis: Snowden | Hack Read 
The National Security Agency (NSA) collects millions of facial images transmitted though Internet and uses them for various facial recognition programs, according to classified documents leaked by Snowden.

A recent article published in The New York Times by James Risen and Laura Poitras, the journalist who along with Glen Greenwald was handed over the classified documents by Snowden, indicates the agency’s increased reliance and improvised facial recognition technology adoption to exploit images included in various digital communications.
The daily reported that the agency intercepts about ’55,000 facial recognition quality images’ to track suspected terrorists and other intelligence targets.

“It’s not just the traditional communications we’re after: It’s taking a full-arsenal approach that digitally exploits the clues a target leaves behind in their regular activities on the net to compile biographic and biometric information” that can help “implement precision targeting,” reported NY Times quoting a 2010 document.

While the document does not clearly speak anything about the success rate of the facial recognition program or how many people, particularly Americans, have been caught up in the dragnet, it does exemplify how the program collects and correlates data.
In one of their 2011 slides, the PowerPoint presentation has several photographs of an unidentified man in various settings along with many data points about him that included details like passport and visa status, known associates, and comments made about him by informants.
NSA has one of the most advanced technologies for facial recognition. Among various technologies and program used by the agency, its latest program dubbed as Wellspring strips out images from emails and other communications and displays those that contain passport images.
Vanee M. Vines, the agency spokeswoman, said,

“We would not be doing our job if we didn’t seek ways to continuously improve the precision of signals intelligence activities — aiming to counteract the efforts of valid foreign intelligence targets to disguise themselves or conceal plans to harm the United States and its allies.”

However, she refused to elaborate if NSA collects data for facial imagery from Facebook and other social media channels.
Facial imagery database are available with state and law enforcement agencies, which it gathers from sources such as driver’s licenses, passport holders and Facebook. In fact, the FBI plans to combine its automated fingerprint identification system with facial imagery and other biometric data.
The government and the private sector collaborate with each other for facial recognition program.

“The government and the private sector are both investing billions of dollars into face recognition. The government leads the way in developing huge face recognition databases, while the private sector leads in accurately identifying people under challenging conditions,” said Jennifer Lynch, a lawyer and expert on facial recognition and privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.

Because there are no clear laws for the privacy of sensitive face recognition data, there are very few limits on this, says Laura Donohue, the Director of the Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown Law School.
A point worth noting is that it is mandatory that NSA seeks court approval for imagery of Americans because it is part of communication’s content.
Civil-liberties advocates are concerned about eroding privacy with improvements in technology every day.
Alessandro Acquisti, a researcher on facial recognition technology at Carnegie Mellon University, says,

“Facial recognition can be very invasive. There are still technical limitations on it, but the computational power keeps growing, and the databases keep growing, and the algorithms keep improving.”

Besides, facial recognition technology is still a crude and clumsy tool adversely affected by low-resolution, and the angle in which the photograph is taken, all of which can impact facial recognition and possibilities for errors as well.
For instance, Tundra Freeze, the NSA’s in-house facial recognition program, when asked to identify a particular photo of a bearded man with dark hair returned 42 results, several of which were false hits, says a 2011 PowerPoint leaked by Snowden.


because terrorists are totally gonna be taking selfies for instagram..

america-wakiewakie:

NSA is saving your facial web images, millions on daily basis: Snowden | Hack Read 

The National Security Agency (NSA) collects millions of facial images transmitted though Internet and uses them for various facial recognition programs, according to classified documents leaked by Snowden.

A recent article published in The New York Times by James Risen and Laura Poitras, the journalist who along with Glen Greenwald was handed over the classified documents by Snowden, indicates the agency’s increased reliance and improvised facial recognition technology adoption to exploit images included in various digital communications.

The daily reported that the agency intercepts about ’55,000 facial recognition quality images’ to track suspected terrorists and other intelligence targets.

“It’s not just the traditional communications we’re after: It’s taking a full-arsenal approach that digitally exploits the clues a target leaves behind in their regular activities on the net to compile biographic and biometric information” that can help “implement precision targeting,” reported NY Times quoting a 2010 document.

While the document does not clearly speak anything about the success rate of the facial recognition program or how many people, particularly Americans, have been caught up in the dragnet, it does exemplify how the program collects and correlates data.

In one of their 2011 slides, the PowerPoint presentation has several photographs of an unidentified man in various settings along with many data points about him that included details like passport and visa status, known associates, and comments made about him by informants.

NSA has one of the most advanced technologies for facial recognition. Among various technologies and program used by the agency, its latest program dubbed as Wellspring strips out images from emails and other communications and displays those that contain passport images.

Vanee M. Vines, the agency spokeswoman, said,

“We would not be doing our job if we didn’t seek ways to continuously improve the precision of signals intelligence activities — aiming to counteract the efforts of valid foreign intelligence targets to disguise themselves or conceal plans to harm the United States and its allies.”

However, she refused to elaborate if NSA collects data for facial imagery from Facebook and other social media channels.

Facial imagery database are available with state and law enforcement agencies, which it gathers from sources such as driver’s licenses, passport holders and Facebook. In fact, the FBI plans to combine its automated fingerprint identification system with facial imagery and other biometric data.

The government and the private sector collaborate with each other for facial recognition program.

“The government and the private sector are both investing billions of dollars into face recognition. The government leads the way in developing huge face recognition databases, while the private sector leads in accurately identifying people under challenging conditions,” said Jennifer Lynch, a lawyer and expert on facial recognition and privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.

Because there are no clear laws for the privacy of sensitive face recognition data, there are very few limits on this, says Laura Donohue, the Director of the Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown Law School.

A point worth noting is that it is mandatory that NSA seeks court approval for imagery of Americans because it is part of communication’s content.

Civil-liberties advocates are concerned about eroding privacy with improvements in technology every day.

Alessandro Acquisti, a researcher on facial recognition technology at Carnegie Mellon University, says,

“Facial recognition can be very invasive. There are still technical limitations on it, but the computational power keeps growing, and the databases keep growing, and the algorithms keep improving.”

Besides, facial recognition technology is still a crude and clumsy tool adversely affected by low-resolution, and the angle in which the photograph is taken, all of which can impact facial recognition and possibilities for errors as well.

For instance, Tundra Freeze, the NSA’s in-house facial recognition program, when asked to identify a particular photo of a bearded man with dark hair returned 42 results, several of which were false hits, says a 2011 PowerPoint leaked by Snowden.

because terrorists are totally gonna be taking selfies for instagram..

alexisshakira

dommypls:

freexcitizen:

angelclark:

Toddler In Coma After Police Toss Stun Grenade Into His Crib During Drug Raid 

Alecia Phonesavanh had just lost everything in a fire. She and her family were staying with her sister-in-law. Having help from her family was something she thought was great, until police raided her sister-in-law’s home for drugs. 

One of the SWAT officers tossed a flash grenade right into her 19-month-old son’s playpen.

“It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow, right in his face,” Phonesavanh said.

Bou has serious burns, cuts, and other injuries and has been placed in a medically induced coma.

“It’s my baby,” Phonesavanh said. “He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”

Police executed a no-knock warrant on the home, meaning the police busted in at 3 a.m. without knocking. 


 

Fuck this bullshit.

shit like this makes me want to puke
how can people do this?i don’t understand…

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thesouthernthruway:

unexplained-events:

unexplained-events:

This photo was taken over 20 years ago by Todd Robertson during a KKK rally in northeast Georgia. One of the boys approached a black state trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield, and Robertson snapped the photo.
I think the officer’s expression says it all. This child standing before him is being taught how to hate even though he doesn’t understand it. He probably doesn’t understand the difference between this and Halloween.

If any post on my blog gets really big, I hope it’s this one.

this is really fucking sad
i think of everything we learn without even noticing

thesouthernthruway:

unexplained-events:

unexplained-events:

This photo was taken over 20 years ago by Todd Robertson during a KKK rally in northeast Georgia. One of the boys approached a black state trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield, and Robertson snapped the photo.

I think the officer’s expression says it all. This child standing before him is being taught how to hate even though he doesn’t understand it. He probably doesn’t understand the difference between this and Halloween.

If any post on my blog gets really big, I hope it’s this one.

this is really fucking sad

i think of everything we learn without even noticing

xxangelinthenightxx

mommies-little-monster:

I know I haven’t been online in a very long time (life has made me very busy) but I found this today and it’s super important that you watch the whole thing and send it to as many people as possible.

No, I’m not fucking crazy.  No, it is not bullshit.  I’m sick of hearing that, I’ve been seeing these signs and been trying to warn people about this for 5 fucking years now, ever since I was 14 years old.  Fuck you if you’re going to sit back and let this happen after everything that’s happening.  Things that you won’t see on the news.  Americans, get your heads out of your asses and realize that we don’t have to sit back and let this happen.  It’s our Constitutional right, OBLIGATION, and duty to keep our government in line and we have been slacking on that duty because the government makes us feel like we can’t.

And if you want to sit there and say I’m crazy or that this proved information is bullshit after not researching it more in depth, then don’t you DARE call yourself an American.  Do not.  If you’re just going to sit and let it happen, DO NOT call yourself an American.  Because you’re not, you let yourself become the citizen of the New World Order.  I, for one, plan to go out fighting because I refuse to live in a society like the one they’re trying to create.  What about you?

sovereignpunk

aeon-fux:

khymeira:

I write this with a lot of trepidation, because I am unsure of the result…

Hi Tumblr.

This is my best friend and life partner, Kris, who was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a disease in which, the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissue; harming organs and organ systems like the heart, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys.

The symptoms appeared two months ago, and those two months have been difficult and frightening, as we had to navigate our daily lives without the knowledge or safety of social support. 

Saddled with the debt and continuing cost of living expenses, education loans, and the life-saving medication without insurance, we’re stuck in a living situation that may have contributed to the development of this disease.

We’ve been trying to get out of this basement apartment before this illness appeared, and now driven by desperation, knowing my hard work and humble earnings will not be enough, I’ve created this fundraiser in an attempt to finally ask for the help that we truly need. 

The set goal is very intimidating and it fills me with anxiety, but I will actively contribute do what I can to get us there. I may put a few of my most precious possessions up for auction/sale. None of those things matter in the sobering face of our situation. 

I am working with a few wonderful artists to create a pretty cool reward ladder for donations. More information and visuals will be provided in the coming days, but in the meanwhile, we would be truly grateful if you can reblog, share or donate to our fundraiser. 

Fundraiser: Help Kris Live Without Pain on GoFundMe

For Paypal: Please visit: khymeira.tumblr.com

Thank you so much for reading. 

Hey everyone. If you could please take a moment to ready this and pass it along, I would really appreciate it. Khy is one of the most precious people to me in the entire world. The living situation she and her partner are in needs to change, but it can’t be done without some help. Please signal boost this, and donate if you can. 

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thenewenlightenmentage:

Skinny wormholes could send messages through time
Like some bizarre form of optical fibre, a long, thin wormhole might let you send messages through time using pulses of light.
Predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, wormholes are tunnels connecting two points in space-time. If something could traverse one, it would open up intriguing possibilities, such as time travel and instant communications.
But there’s a problem: Einstein’s wormholes are notoriously unstable, and they don’t stay open long enough for anything to get through. In 1988, Kip Thorne at the California Institute of Technology and his colleagues speculated that wormholes could be kept open using a form of negative energy called Casimir energy.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Skinny wormholes could send messages through time

Like some bizarre form of optical fibre, a long, thin wormhole might let you send messages through time using pulses of light.

Predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, wormholes are tunnels connecting two points in space-time. If something could traverse one, it would open up intriguing possibilities, such as time travel and instant communications.

But there’s a problem: Einstein’s wormholes are notoriously unstable, and they don’t stay open long enough for anything to get through. In 1988, Kip Thorne at the California Institute of Technology and his colleagues speculated that wormholes could be kept open using a form of negative energy called Casimir energy.

Continue Reading