A victory announced today by the ACLU against a Department of Homeland Security policy of monitoring peace and social rallies and protests:
Posted by Robin Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office on the ACLU Blog of Rights:
Jay Staley, Director of Public Education for the ACLU Technology and Liberty Program, has an excellent blog on the failed war on drugs and the steady erosion of privacy rights evolving from drug control policy.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that determined overcrowded conditions in the California prison system constituted cruel and unusual punishment and ordered the state implement steps to release 38,000 to 46,000 prisoners.
David Fathi, director of the ACLU's National Prison Project, said in a statement:
The latest in surveillance state technology will soon be operating on the streets of Portland according to an article in today's Portland Press Herald. Known as ALPRs (automatic license plate readers), the cameras are mounted on a patrol car and use character-recognition software to read numbers and run them through databases.