Morning Links: Snowden says NSA spied on human rights groups, too

  • Edward Snowden alleges that the National Security Agency has been spying on human rights organizations.
  • Saginaw County, Mich., sheriff defends his acquisition of a land mine-resistant armored personnel carrier from the Pentagon by warning of contingencies that haven’t happened, mentioning the end of the world, citing fears of a military takeover and using “a robot voice.” The 7,000 people of Washington, Iowa, are also now protected by one of the vehicles, which were designed to resist improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Feds say a Miami Police Department internal affairs lieutenant was working for a drug-smuggling operation, including hatching a plan to kill rival smugglers by sending assassins dressed as cops.
  • College campuses —allegedly forums for the free exchange of ideas — continue to become First Amendment-free zones. The latest example comes from Connecticut.
  • A police chief in Georgia defends a new paramilitary explosive device that detonates doors and windows, plus a new policy of ubiquitous license plate scanning and tracking: The public “has nothing to fear,” he says. Well, if you say so.
  • All you wanted to know about the Ben & Jerry’s “Flavor Graveyard.”
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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Radley Balko · April 8