Archive | Police State

Op-Ed: Yes on 201 is a vote against random surveillance

If you don’t like random surveillance, or if you think that the privatization of the prison system was a bad idea, then you should be against the red light cameras. Because the red-light cameras aren’t owned by the Tucson Police Department. They aren’t run by TPD. Instead American Traffic Solutions, a corporation, runs the entire […]

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photograph of Mary DeCamp and a dog named Birdie; a road is in the background

Mary DeCamp Speaks at 3/17/15 Call to the Audience

Good evening mayor, council, workers, & audience members. Thank you for sharing your time and attention. I’m Mary DeCamp, a local activist. No permanent residence; more a butterfly approach to landing here and there, sampling the neighborhood nectars, as it were. I’m not paid to speak for anyone, yet I have the audacity to think […]

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Movie poster for the film "1971"

Film Review: 1971, The Year of “The Burglary”

The precursor to whistle-blowing on the government’s surveillance of its citizens was the 1971 burglary of an FBI outpost in the sleepy town of Media, Pennsylvania. Information leaked to the national press detailed spying operations on anti-war dissidents. While this news dominated headlines in print and on television, an unprecedented search for the burglars was […]

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Uri Avnery at a Hadash rally against the 2006 Lebanon War

Wine, Blood and Gasoline

KAFR KANNA, a village near Nazareth, is probably the place where Jesus – according to the New Testament – turned water into wine. Now it is the Arab village where the Israeli police is turning stones into blood. On the fateful day, the police was confronting a group of young Arabs protesting against the Israeli […]

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TPD Recruiting

Wired: TPD Contract With Spy Tool Maker Prohibits Talking About Device’s Use

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN In a story broken by Arizona-based independent-media D.B.A. Press and reported on in Wired magazine (though not in the Arizona Daily Star), it was revealed that the Tucson Police Department (TPD) signed a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 with Harris Corporation, the Florida-based maker of a cell-phone spy tool used by the department. […]

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black hourglass on white background. top of hourglass shows sand (black) with the word "TRUTH" (white) inside. The sand is pouring down into the bottom where a partially obscured globe (white water, black land) is inside the sand. The words "Cyber" (left) and "Feminista" (right) flank the hourglass.

Cyber Feminista

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The Place of Statelessness What is statelessness anyway? The US government took away NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s passport while he was in the Russian airport. In response, Snowden stated, “The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally […]

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