Morning Links: DEA obfuscation, U.S. will seek death penalty against Tsarnaev, your car could soon be watching you.

February 4, 2014

•  New leaked slides show how the Drug Enforcement Administration uses national security information to launch drug investigations, then hides the origin of the information from judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. Within the agency, the process is known as “parallel construction,” a wonderfully bureaucratic euphemism for lying. You didn’t really think this information would be limited to terrorist investigations, did you?

• The Justice Department will seek the death penalty against accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

•  The Transportation Department plans to mandate new technology in every vehicle that “constantly broadcasts via radio wave a car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of passengers it is carrying.” The agency says the safety benefits will outweigh the technology’s cost. But cost probably isn’t what most people find troublesome about this.

•  The Pentagon doesn’t want any more tanks, but Congress and defense contractors intend to keep making them, anyway. They’ll probably just end up at your local police department.

•  You’d think someone ostensibly put in a position of power in part because of his temperament would be able to avoid this sort of thing.

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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