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December 16, 2013
It’s a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy food, and not long ago, while the rest of America was ranting about debt ceilings and Obamacares, Camden quietly got pushed off the map. That was three years ago, when new governor and presumptive future presidential candidate Chris Christie abruptly cut back on the state subsidies that kept Camden on life support. The move left the city almost completely ungoverned – a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don’t generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it ‘put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,’ says Police Chief J. Scott Thomson
Rolling Stone publishes a piece on Camden, New Jersey, a town they call “America’s most desperate town.”

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December 15, 2013
Hidden away in offices of various government departments, intelligence agencies, police forces and armed forces are dozens and dozens of people who are very much upset by what our societies are turning into: at the very least, turnkey tyrannies. One of them is you.
Former whistleblowers Peter Kofod, Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Katharine Gun, Jesselyn Radack, Ray McGovern, Coleen Rowley write in an open letter to intelligence employees after Snowden’s revelations. 
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December 8, 2013
The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes.
Get enraged. Published at The Washington Post
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December 1, 2013
Starr says Google Glass is no more intrusive than camera-equipped cell phones that do nearly the same thing. “I think privacy is vapor now,” Starr said. “There are cameras everywhere. There are recording devices everywhere.”
Google Glass ban at Capitol Hill restaurant stirs privacy debate 
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