Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review: Top Secret America by Dana Priest and William Arkin @ Bill of Rights Defense Committee

... States and local law enforcement are increasingly involved in fighting the “war on terror,” but since terrorism is so rare, the tools allocated for detecting and preventing terrorists are overwhelmingly used to fight ordinary crime. This leads to abuses, such as a story the authors recount involving the Memphis police. Officers pulled over a woman who was operating a vehicle that fit the description of one they were looking for. Once police realized that she was not the person they were looking for, the woman, who was African American, received a bogus ticket. ...

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