Links to Start Your Week 10/27/13

Mistaken cases of child abductions in Roma communities raise questions of racial profiling and what it means to be family.

Saudi women participated in a “drive-in” to protest the country’s law against women driving. Those women are awesome, and the reasons for them not to drive are complete bullshit.

There was a massive protest against mass NSA surveillance in DC on Saturday. Much like Saudi women driving, the people who went there are awesome.

Also related to national security, the Justice Department has officially announced for the first time that it intends to use evidence collected with warrantless surveillance in a terrorism trial. This could potentially lead to a Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of using such evidence. Spoiler alert: I think they should rule it is not.

GQ published a really fascinating and chilling profile of one of the first U.S. drone operators. I think this is the first time a piece like this has been published. The drone operator has also indicated that it is a common practice for the U.S. to strike mourners at the funerals of drone strike victims (the “double-tap”).

Finally, the best thing that happened this week is that the former head of the NSA was giving interviews “on background” to journalists over the phone while on the train. A nearby passenger live tweeted the conversation.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    That “double tap” practice is totally horrifying.

  2. lmuth7590 says:

    It is absolutely the worst.

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