Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lucy Steigerwald. She is a contributing editor for AntiWar.com and a columnist for VICE and Rare.
- After a tense and very expensive seven-week manhunt, authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania, caught alleged cop killer and survivalist Eric Frein on Thursday night. (Meaning, among other things, that Halloween is back on for the kids of Barrett Township. And so is hunting season. And children can go back to school.)
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is requesting greater scope in their power to hack computers outside of their jurisdiction, including ones where the physical location of it is unclear.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the FBI is being awfully vague about why this is so essential.
- Other FBI news: In July several agents cut the internet to several suites in a Vegas hotel, then disguised themselves as the men come to fix it, all in order to gather evidence of illegal, high-stakes sports betting. One of the men’s lawyer says that this tactic sets an alarming precedent for law enforcement, and the case should be tossed out.
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is mad about all of this FBI stuff, and he is also not happy about the time the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made a fake Facebook page under a very real woman’s name in order to snag drug suspects. Leahy says such things may “erode the public’s trust in the judgment and integrity of law enforcement officers.”
- Virginia will consider a bill that would mandate a conviction before law enforcement can take your stuff through asset forfeiture. (Or, rather, a conviction will be necessary, otherwise police will have to give your stuff back.)
- Police in Kissimmee, Florida raided the wrong apartment on Thursday afternoon, frightening the resident. They did, at least, reportedly tidy the place up afterwards.
- Fear not, Luddites: Drones could be pretty great…once we get ‘em right.