US police have waged war, not on drugs but on video recording devices. Do Americans stand a chance when it comes to watching the watchmen? Radley Balko, Senior Editor for Reason Magazine says Congress or State Legislatures need to pass laws making this explicit, that you have a constitutional right to record government officials in public while on duty. Without that there will always be this kind of ambiguity.
The FBI is assembling a massive database on thousands of Americans, many of whom have not been accused of any crime, the Washington Post’s Dana Priest and William Arkin report. The reporters’ latest look at the country’s ballooning national security system focuses on the role that local agencies — often staffed by people with little to no counter-terrorism training — have played in combating terrorism since 2001.