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Surveillance in the name of national security

Mother Jones reports on the FBI’s ruthless response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Wrote a top FBI official: “We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.”


Solitary confinement in NY

The state had promised to cut back on the practice of sending mentally ill prisoners to solitary confinement. Instead, the number of inmates diagnosed with severe mental illness dropped by more than half – and solitary confinements continue. A report from ProPublica.


Another Cuomo’s “victory tour”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s brazen self-promotion is on full display in this report by WGRZ’s Dave McKinley. Keep in mind that in the case of both casino revenue and Peace Bridge plaza expansion, the governor claimed victory when, in fact, the Senecas and Canadians prevailed in their negotiations with the state.


Another NSA revelation

The Guardian reports “a top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.”


Heaney on Obama’s assault on the press

Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney, appearing on WBFO’s Press Pass with Eileen Buckely, discusses the federal government’s unprecedented aggression against reporters and its implication for a democratic society.

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WNY has 3 of state’s worst greenhouse gas polluters

The 650-foot smokestack at the Somerset coal-fired power plant in Niagara County billows plumes of smoke carrying greenhouse gases that can be seen on a clear day all the way across Lake Ontario in Toronto. The amount — 3.8 million tons in 2011 — makes the coal plant the top greenhouse gas polluter in New […]


Buffalo Housing Court fines: Progress and problems

City Hall’s belated effort to collect $22 million in unpaid Housing Court fines is coming up empty. A dry run by a collections agency hired by the city earlier this year that sought about $430,000 from deadbeat court defendants yielded only $59 in fine payments, according to City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. That experience prompted city […]


Privacy loss beyond the NSA

Daily Beast previews new documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” that details the threat to privacy from corporations, as well as government. “The film argues that the threat is worse, and more troubling, than mere NSA spying on U.S. citizens.”