Police and prosecution roundup

  • “Georgia’s Highest Court Limits Power Of Private Probation Industry” [WABE, Augusta Chronicle, earlier here, here, here, and here]
  • Federal judge slams as “preposterous” DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) actions in raid on Tampa pharmacy [Tampa Bay Online]
  • “At Least 40 Federal Agencies Now Conduct Undercover Operations” [Jesse Walker]
  • “’Gotcha’ program designed to rake in revenue”: “Nassau County Lawmakers Repeal Speed Camera Program” [CBS New York]
  • “Creepy”: “FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process” [Bruce Schneier]
  • Somewhere an old guy in his room is wondering about ending it all, and somewhere a fanatic has been made happy [Elizabeth Nolan Brown on launch of Anaheim, Calif. shaming program to post names of sex purchasers online indefinitely]
  • Heather Mac Donald: In defense of broken-windows policing [Time]


  • Why would NASA need undercover agents? I’d love to hear the explanation for that one.

  • I think the sidebar of the Times article explains why NASA needs undercover agents pretty well:

    “Focus on counterintelligence of NASA employees and contractors, as well as theft or illicit trafficking of technology.”

  • Jim Collins@Now we know what agency the Men in Black work for.

  • Last time I checked gitarcarver, that was what we had the FBI for.

  • […] court fee anyway. Now meet your private probation company [PBS; earlier on private probation here, here, […]