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Why Our Fears of a ‘Lone-Wolf’ Terror Attack Are Over-Hyped and Dangerous

The cure to this trumped up danger will be far worse than the disease. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here. The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist. “The lone wolf is the new nightmare,” wrote Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer recently, and the conservative pundit wasn’t alone in thinking so. Continue Reading

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Revealed: Gov’t Surveillance Is Much More Developed Than You Thought

New documents show government tracked drivers with license plate readers on mass scale. Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings. The American Civil Liberties Union released more documents this week revealing for the first time the potential scale of Continue Reading

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2013: Life in Prison for Stealing Candy? Thousands of Prisoners Sentenced to Die Behind Bars for Nonviolent Crimes

The number of prisoners serving life for nonviolent crimes is truly staggering. This past August, the Lafayette-based IND Monthly published a story about a 54-year-old man named Bill Winters, incarcerated at a medium-security prison in Epps, Louisiana. Winters, who is black, was arrested in June 2009, after he drunkenly entered an unlocked oncologist’s office on a Sunday morning, setting off a security alarm. When police arrived, he had rummaged through a desk drawer, Continue Reading

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