Category Archives: Policing

Supreme Court rule that police need warrants for cellphone searches

In a surprise move for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that in most circumstances police cannot search the cellular phone of somebody they’ve arrested. Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of life,” Chief Justice John G. … Continue reading

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Policing Mass Civil Breakdown

Three inter-related stories caught my eye over the weekend–all of which point to different forms of policing “disorder,” from the planetary scale, to the urban environment, right down to the doorways outside of grocery stores. The question that  needs to … Continue reading

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LA police deployed wide-area aerial surveillance in 2012

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department used a mass aerial surveillance system to monitor unwitting Compton residents in 2012. The deputies used a what’s known as “wide-area surveillance” from the Ohio-based company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, that filmed vast swathes of the … Continue reading

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Third of Britons fear rise of robots – poll

More than one in three Britons fear the rise of the machines will threaten the human race, a survey has claimed. Almost as many worry they could lose their job to robots, and 10% expect to see RoboCop-style police in … Continue reading

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The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion)

The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion) “The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world” — Hannah Arendt, 1969[1] The … Continue reading

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Criminals use drones to find cannabis dens

Criminals in the UK are piloting their own heat-seeking drones to locate illegal marijuana farms and then either rob or tax them. According to a local newspaper, there has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms … Continue reading

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What does a surveillance state look like? Part II: Blimps over Baltimore

Two aerostats are to be used to create a vast radar net over a 340-mile stretch of America’s northeast skies. From a 10,000 feet vantage point, the blimps–flown from the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground–will be able to detect cruise missiles … Continue reading

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