Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Common Dreams:
"FBI Face Recognition Technology Has 'No Limits,' Congressional Hearing Reveals.
Law enforcement has access to photos of 50 percent of all adult Americans without their knowledge or consent

If Congress doesn't take legislative action, the FBI's vast and growing facial recognition database could someday soon allow the government to track Americans' 'every move' in a breathtaking, nationwide violation of the Fourth Amendment.

That was the takeaway of a scathing hearing in the Congressional Oversight Committee on the FBI's use of facial recognition technology last week.

In June, the FBI's use of such technology was the subject of a damning report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which revealed that the agency's use of the technology was much more far-reaching than privacy advocates had suspected: 30 million photos are contained in the database, and the agency has access to hundreds of millions more—and the majority of subjects committed no crimes."

-->No mention of this in the pages of the NYT. This report makes the US look like a dystopian state, not something our newspaper of record wants to get into. 

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Mondoweiss:
"BDS co-founder: Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti next step in ‘war against BDS movement.’

Palestinian society has condemned Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as the next step in Israel’s fight against the BDS movement as a whole.

Israel arrested Barghouti on Sunday, raided his family home in Acre, Israel, held him for 16 hours and released him - however the BDS co-founder has been subjected to daily interrogations with Israeli authorities since then, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)."

-->Principal leader of the Palestinian resistance movement arrested in the West Bank. This story makes Israel look like an oppressive, apartheid state, and so wasn't covered in the NYT.

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Common Dreams:
"Trump Budget Horrifies Majority of Voters, Poll Finds. By extraordinarily wide margins, voters disapprove of President Donald Trump's sweeping proposed cuts to popular government programs. ... 

Trump's proposed severe funding cuts face disapproval by huge margins. The budget's slashing of public funding for medical research, for example, faces a whopping 87 percent disapproval, with only ten percent of respondents voicing approval.

'By wide margins,' Quinnipiac notes, 'American voters say other proposed cuts are a bad idea:' 84 - 13 percent against cutting funding for new road and transit projects;
67 - 31 percent against cuts to scientific research on the environment and climate change; 83 - 14 percent against cutting funding for after-school and summer school programs 66 - 27 percent against eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities; 79 - 17 percent against eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program."

-->This poll didn't make it into the NYT. Not that the newspaper likes Trump. Just that many of these cuts favor corporate interests.

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