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VALUEWALKNEWS: California Assembly Panel Votes To Turn off NSA Water

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, June 24, 2014 – In the face of opposition lobbying from the California Sheriffs Association and two former NSA analysts, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to federal mass surveillance programs. The vote was 5-0.

LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM: Bill to boost port business advances

June 25, 2014

A bill by State Sen. Ted Lieu , D-Redondo Beach, intended to secure a competitive advantage for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, cleared its policy review on a bipartisan vote, Lieu’s office announced Tuesday.

NBC-TV 7 SAN DIEGO: State Measure Takes Aim at Cooperation with NSA

June 24, 2014

There would be no welcome mat in California for the National Security Agency under a measure now making its way through the state Legislature.

State Senate Bill 828 – due for a hearing Tuesday before the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee -- is creating buzz on a national level, especially after NSA critics say legislation in Washington aimed at curbing agency data-collection abuses essentially has been de-fanged.

RUSSIA TODAY: Confirmed: 39 women illegally sterilized in California prisons

June 22, 2014

Four California prisons illegally sterilized 39 women over a six-year period, a damning new report by the California State Auditor reveals.

Of the 144 inmates who underwent bilateral tubal ligations, commonly referred to as having your tubes tied, from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, auditors found nearly one-third were performed without lawful consent.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Informed consent - Sterilizing 39 inmates broke law, state finds

June 21, 2014

The California state auditor Thursday blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state’s informed-consent law.

VICE NEWS: Police Militarization meets Hacker Culture: Swatting .

June 06, 2014

In recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes designed to send elite police units, like SWAT teams, to unsuspecting people at their residences.

Swatting is a dangerous and expensive prank, which is easy to pull off. Swatters are utilizing easily accessible technology to mask or even alter the ID during calls to 911 dispatchers. With SWAT teams and paramilitary gear becoming the norm across small town America, these calls have predictably chaotic results.

USA TODAY: Calif. female inmates sterilized illegally

June 20, 2014

The California State Auditor on Thursday blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state's informed consent law.

SACRAMENTO BEE: March for Democracy

June 20, 2014

A dozen activists with the group 99Rise have marched from Los Angeles to Sacramento over the past month to protest the "corrupting influence of big money in politics." They will arrive at the Capitol on Sunday at 2 p.m., where they will be joined by supporters, including Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, activist Dolores Huerta and recent Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman, for a rally urging the Legislature to take action.

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: Inmates were sterilized illegally

June 20, 2014

Story by Corey G. Johnson

The California State Auditor today blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state’s informed consent law.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: California Moves to Block Illegal Data-Gathering

May 28, 2014

The Golden State may restrict state cooperation with federal agencies seeking data without a valid warrant.

If the federal government wants help rifling through the electronic data of California citizens, it must show it has a valid warrant to ensure state agency cooperation, under a bill being considered by lawmakers.

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