Even as revelations continue to emerge about the full extent of government surveillance, and databases of every stripe seem to be on the rise, we cannot ignore some of the victories.
Little by little, we are beginning to see a roll-back of some of the surveillance state.
From highways to small towns, the high-tech surveillance grid is being exposed and is provoking outrage among fully informed citizens. In recent months we have seen Seattle police deactivate a Wi-Fi surveillance network after it was exposed that the little white boxes identified across the city were really a mesh network that could surveil any member of the public possessing an Internet-ready device.
An elderly woman violated her probation by leaving bread crumbs out in her yard for crows and will remain behind bars.
Eighty-one-year-old Mary Musselman was first arrested last month for feeding bears in her backyard. One of the bears was euthanized over it because the Fish and Wildlife Service said the bears might learn not to be afraid of people anymore and then get aggressive.
The New York Times is reporting that the CIA took what Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) called “unprecedented action” against the Senate Intelligence Committee in response to an investigation of the spy agency’s actions following the 9/11 attacks.
The [Senate Intelligence] committee has spent several years working on a voluminous report about the detention and interrogation program, and according to one official interviewed in recent days, C.I.A. officers went as far as gaining access to computer networks used by the committee to carry out its investigation….
The community of Cheyenne, Wyoming and its surrounding area in Laramie County are witnessing the biggest public battle against Agenda 21 that we have seen to date.
Publicly elected Laramie County Commissioner M. Lee Hasenauer organized an emergency Town Hall Meeting on February 8th, where Stacy Lynne spoke about PlanCheyenne. The presentation focused on the harmful impacts that the plan will have on the people, if the Plan is adopted, by the Cheyenne City Council, on March 10th and Laramie Board of County Commissioners, on March 11th.
Final Update: There were 398 arrests today at the anti-KXL rally. Bill McKibben notes that the number is, coincidentally, the “exact current concentration of CO2 in the air.” This won’t be covered much in the corporate parasite media, but it was a huge and momentous event in the long history of activism. Youth almost always drives social change, and this was an entirely youth organized event. I know that the people zip tied to the fence today got very, very cold once the rain began. It is late evening and they are still being processed at the police station. It will be interesting to see how the media handles the whole protest.
Update: The arrests of the people ziptied to the fence proceed slowly. The live-streams are now down. The police were very methodical and non-dramatic in general. This is one of the largest number of students arrested in any direct action in ages. The weather is worsening, a cold rain is falling, snow to begin soon.
Months after their conduct was discovered, two police officers were disciplined for making a game of stealing signs from homeless people in Midland, Texas — and many believe the cops’ punishment was not harsh enough to fit the offense.
In the town with an estimated 300 homeless people, investigators reported 8 signs in Officer Derek Hester’s patrol vehicle, and Officer Daniel Zoelzer was discovered to have trashed an additional 10. Both officers claimed that they took the signs after issuing trespass warnings, but no such warnings were recorded in 2013. Text messages between the two show the officers expressing concerns about being found out, although one of the men’s texts read, “Oh I don’t care lol I’m not worried.” After an internal investigation, which was not originally publicized, Hester and Zoelzer were suspended for three unpaid days.