Major Crimes Plunge, But AG’s Office Still Pressing To Wiretap All The Things

by Alex Marthews on April 5, 2013

One Catch-22 of criminal justice reform is that law enforcement will always ask for more powers, whether crime is down or crime is up. If crime is up, they need more powers to deal with criminals who have “gotten the upper hand.” If crime is down, they need more powers to keep it from rising […]

By 2020, Americans May Have Started Talking About The Right To Obscurity

by Alex Marthews on April 4, 2013

Americans are used to thinking of ourselves as “rights pioneers.” But the American constitution is particularly difficult to amend, and is therefore slower than most to respond to a rapidly changing technological and cultural landscape. Justice Brandeis’s 1890 law review article on “The Right to Privacy” conceived of the Constitution as embodying a central, unarticulated […]

By 2020, Terahertz Surveillance Will Be Here, and the NYPD Will Love It

by Alex Marthews on February 4, 2013

Once again, Mayor Bloomberg’s private army is in the vanguard of new surveillance technologies. The NYPD has just taken delivery of a portable machine capable of detecting the terahertz radiation emitted by every human being. It allows them to remotely detect guns or other inorganic illegal materials being concealed under people’s clothing. Suspects! We meant […]

Free Essam Attia, Political Artist

by Alex Marthews on December 21, 2012

Hey, kids! Worried about law enforcement using drones for surveillance? Well, maybe you oughta just shut your goddamn piehole on that, because here in the New America, complaining about that shit can get you arrested. That’s right. In the home of the First Amendment (my third favorite Amendment, after the Fourth (obvs) and the Ninth […]