Privacy Rights and Candidates

One year ago today, we found this out (Boing Boing via this Slashdot thread):

More information has come to light about the arrest of Josh Kinberg, the hacker who made a “dot-matrix bike-printer” to ride through the streets of New York during the RNC in 2004. The oversize bike had a laptop-powered array of chalk-sprayers that could print text messages as it was piloted through the streets around the RNC, as a means of breaking the free-speech embargo that New York cops and the Republican party created through the use of “free speech zones.” One of the bike’s messages was, “America is a Free Speech Zone.”

It turns out that Kinberg’s arrest wasn’t random. Secret NYPD dossiers on RNC protestors have fallen into the hands of reporters, revealing that the NYPD were spending tax-dollars spying on people who opposed the ruling party. Kinberg’s bike, laptop and printer were seized by police. The laptop and printer were held for a year. The police “lost” his bicycle.

The New York Civil Liberties Union is in court, trying to get all the secret dossiers compiled in connection with the RNC.

Something to keep in mind when looking at the candidates.  Who supported the Patriot Act?  Who has helped the Bush administration break the law to spy on American citizens?

Who will take things further if elected?

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