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Colorado Dem: ‘A lot’ of lawmakers want drug law reforms

Support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level is steadily increasing in Congress, according to a Democratic representative from Colorado. “I find that a lot of members of Congress privately agree that we need to change our drug policy, they’re just still too timid or scared to come public with…

Oregon Senator: Police should get warrants for mobile data

Law enforcement should obtain warrants before seizing location information from citizens’ mobile devices, a US senator from Oregon argued recently. “If you asked most Americans, I think they would tell you that surreptitiously turning somebody’s cell phone into a modern-day tracking device … and using it to monitor their movements,…

Drug legalization absorbs top 200 questions in YouTube’s ‘Ask Obama’ Q&A

Update: President Obama answered one question about marijuana During his YouTube Q&A, President Obama was asked what his plan is to help alleviate the detrimental effects of America’s drug war. He responded by saying that while he’s not in favor of legalization, he did see room for adjusting the drug…

US steps up crackdown on undocumented workers

WASHINGTON — US immigration authorities have more than quadrupled the number of jobsite inspections for illegal workers in two years, a government report said Wednesday. In fiscal year 2010, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated a “record” 2,746 worksite enforcement investigations, said the report submitted to Congress by…

Justice Department seeks to have all web surfing tracked

Mandatory data retention ‘raises serious privacy and free speech concerns’ WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department wants Internet service providers and cell phone companies to be required to hold on to records for longer to help with criminal prosecutions. “Data retention is fundamental to the department’s work in investigating and…

Pentagon the largest holder of FAA authorizations for drone use in US

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) inside US borders is relatively new, but some might be surprised at exactly how many of these devices were currently active. As of Dec. 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had reported over 270 active authorizations for the use of drone technology in…

Poor economy forces Georgia to rethink drug criminalization

The high price of enforcing criminal penalties on non-violent offenders has Georgia’s new Republican governor rethinking a major linchpin in US domestic policy: the drug war. “Presently, one out of every 13 Georgia residents is under some form of correctional control,” Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, told state lawmakers during…

US pushed for ISP data retention in Sweden, leaked cable reveals

The US was the driving force behind a Swedish plan to require Internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information that tracked Internet users in an effort to prevent file sharing. A US State Department cable from March 2009, recently released by WikiLeaks, revealed that the US pushed the Swedish Justice…

Counter-terror ‘expert’ tells cops: Kill militant Muslims, ‘including children’

A counter-terrorism consultant told a meeting of law enforcement officials that the way to combat militant Muslims is to “kill them … including the children,” says a news report. Walid Shoebat, a self-described “former PLO terrorist” who “now speaks out for USA and Israel,” reportedly made the comment at a…

In Congress, a harder line on illegal immigrants

New, more Republican Congress will shift immigration debate to more enforcement The end of the year means a turnover of House control from Democratic to Republican and, with it, Congress’ approach to immigration. In a matter of weeks, Congress will go from trying to help young, illegal immigrants become legal…

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