Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs.

That’s according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington Post — disclosures that show just how easy it is for Americans’ private conversations to be swept into the spy agency’s traps.

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An officer was placed on leave after he was arrested, accused of spitting on a woman and calling her a racial slur.

Clayton County police Officer Thomas Sheats faces simple battery, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

He was arrested and booked into the Henry County Jail but has since bonded out.

Henry County police said the incident began June 29 on Highway 155 in Locust Grove. Michele Griffith, 27, said that’s whereSheats followed her for miles, blowing his horn, driving erratically and bumping her car.

Griffith said when they pulled into a parking lot where she was going to get pizza, Sheats approached her car and angrily shouted at her.

“Why the (expletive) you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road,” Griffith saidSheats told her.

she told Sheats he could have went around her. She said that’s when he really exploded.

“‘I couldn’t pass, you low life piece of (expletive) (n-word)’ … and (he) spit on me,” Griffith said was Sheats’ response.

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C-SPAN’s news program Washington Journal, turned ugly during a discussion on civil rights Thursday.

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During an interview segment with governor Rick Perry of Texas, Fox News used the below logo. It reads “Defending our Homeland” which, in and of itself, is nothing to gawk at.

The remarkable thing is the logo design itself, which is oddly reminiscent of Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite, as Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez points out.

Naturally, this was a segment on immigration, so you can imagine what “defending our homeland” entails in this case.

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