America has a ‘militarization moment’

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  California, Federal Government, Idaho, Local Government, Military, Missouri, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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The display of tactics and weaponry in Ferguson, Mo., has elevated the debate over militarization of local law enforcement.

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Missouri lawmaker tried to restrict public info on police shootings earlier this year

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Missouri, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Much of the nation’s attention has been turned on the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., this week as civilian protesters and police officers have clashed in a hail of flash-bang grenades, tear gas and riot gear.
The protests began after a still-unnamed St. Louis County police officer shot and killed 18-year-old [...]

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These images from Ferguson will terrify you

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Missouri, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
What’s going on in #Ferguson? Police State!! #MikeBrown pic.twitter.com/EVvkMdbRjj
— DJ Rubiconski (@Rubiconski) August 14, 2014

Cops are keeping reporters from the #Ferguson site in hopes to keep the awareness down! #WESEEEVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/gu0JFRMWGU
— Ferguson Solidarity (@FergusonUnity) August 14, 2014

Good picture revealing why cops are heavily armed, shoot first. Can we de-escalate, or is [...]

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End of some fair-share fees drains millions from union coffers

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Connecticut, Health Care, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, News, Oregon, State Government, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

THE FAIR THING TO DO: Unions in several states are notifying home and child care providers they will no longer charge fair-share fees for non-members.

A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually.

Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Missouri the first state with a constitution protecting electronic privacy

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Missouri, News, Spying, Technology  /  No Comments

HANDS OFF: A new piece of legislation before Kansas lawmakers is intended to keep state and local government entities from using NSA-like spying techniques on law-abiding citizens, but opponents of the measure say it's too broad and could have a laundry list of unintended consequences.

Privacy advocates scored another win after 75 percent of Missouri voters chose in Tuesday’s primary election to amend their state constitution to protect electronic privacy rights.

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7 reasons to be hopeful about America’s future

By   /  July 4, 2014  /  Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, National, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee Watchdog, Texas, Vermont  /  No Comments

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By Dustin Hurst and Andrew Collins | Watchdog.org
Things might be tough for America right now, but c’mon, there’s always hope. Though government continues to grow and invade personal and civil liberties by the day, we’re still America, the country founded on the idea of liberty, the nation with freedom enshrined in its founding documents.
So wipe those tears, [...]

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