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The notion that certain rights are guaranteed to citizens is being proven false every day. For instance, you have the First Amendment right to film police officers and other public officials, but it often takes an official policy change (usually prompted by lawsuits) before these public servants will begrudgingly respect that right.

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In an effort to increase campus security, TSU will require students, faculty and staff to wear Identification Cards while on campus. This is part of a broader effort to increase campus safety for the University community.

After a spate of break-ins and vandalism, officials at the university instituted the new ID requirement as a way to ensure safety on campus, a TSU release said.

So, instead of doing some actual police work to find those responsible or admitting that break-ins and vandalism happen all the time all over the world and not all are solvable, they institute draconian measures to track everyone.

“Our primary concern is always to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, employees and visitors,” said Dr. Curtis Johnson, associate vice president for administration, who is in charge of Emergency Management. “Safety on our campus is priority number one, and with the new policy we want to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are safe at all times.”

Notice that this is being implemented in the name of safety. Everyone is buying into “it must be a good thing” and “they’re looking out for us.”

Those at the university should also be looking into who is storing the information and for how long. Then, they might want to look at who the university is giving access to the data and how it’s going to be monetized.

If you don’t want to be tracked, you could simply make a copy of your ID, put it on display and keep the real ID in an RFID blocking wallet. That’s what the criminals are going to be doing as well as cloning IDs for whatever nefarious things they think of.

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A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”

Transcript.

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Last year, fourth grade teacher Summer Larsen gave students a choice, either lose recess or have their faces drawn on for not doing well in achieving their reading goals.

If those students didn’t meet those points, parents tell us their kids were punished by fellow classmates.

“Not only was my son punished with bullying, but the other students were rewarded with bullying. They’re being taught that bullying is okay and there is nothing wrong with this” said a concerned parent.

There are 21-students in Mrs. Larsen’s fourth grade class; nine of those students didn’t meet their accelerated reading goals. The students had two options either miss recess or get their faces drawn on by other students. Six students volunteered to get their faces drawn on and three skipped recess.

Incredibly, some parents thought this behavior was permissible. Now, after an ethics investigation, Mrs. Larsen will be allowed to keep her job.

Melissa McGrath, communications director for the state department of education, said there is currently no formal discipline in Larsen’s file.
Steve Lynch, board member for the district, said Larsen was rehired based on teacher evaluations performed by the school’s principal Rebecca Hunsaker. Hunsaker retired at the end of this school year.

So, not only is this district condoning bullying behavior by other students, they’re sending a message that it’s okay if you’re a teacher too. You won’t even get a disciplinary note in your file.

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Appearances:
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Roger Waters
Oliver Stone
Daniel Ellsberg
Phil Donahue
Michael Ratner
Alice Walker
Tom Morello
Matt Taibbi
Peter Sarsgaard
Angela Davis
Moby
Molly Crabapple
Tim DeChristopher
LT Dan Choi
Bishop George Packard
Russell Brand
Allan Nairn
Chris Hedges
Wallace Shawn
Adhaf Soueif
Josh Stieber
Michael Ratner

This work produced by independent volunteers in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network.

I am Bradley Manning.

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