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Opinion: Human brain is new research frontier

Some important parts of the story aren't mentioned in this article. The following articles touch on important parts of this issue this op ed overlooks:

Why You Should Care about Pentagon Funding of Obama’s BRAIN Initiative
By John Horgan | ⁠ May 22, 2013⁠ |

Eisenhower’s Ghost and Obama’s Brain
April 3, 2013

Outlaw nonconsensual human experiments now

Human Experiments: A Chronology of Human Research

All the President's Neuroscientists

August 25, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Immigration bill clears major hurdle; Roberts, Moran vote 'no'
"US immigration deal envisages use of military surveillance at southern border"
Tuesday 25 June 2013 12.07 EDT
Ed Pilkington in New York

"But civil liberties groups and experts on biometric data fear that the focus on the border could have unintended consequences by spawning centralised databases storing details not just on undocumented individuals but on almost all US citizens. "

"Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, said: "This is so expansive. We are really talking about a militarisation of the border on a scale that we have never seen before.""

"Margaret Hu, a specialist in biometric digital surveillance at Duke university, said that the bill's ambition to create a fool-proof social security card posed dangers for the general public. "If it is used to create a universal and digitalised biometric database through the collection of digital photos, fingerprint or iris scans, this could be used as a cyber-surveillance tool that could significantly impact the lives of all Americans.""

"Margaret Hu believes that such a verification device could only work if the government were to create a digitalised biometric database. "It would need a universal photo database of all citizens and non-citizens present in the US. That would be historically unprecedented, and the cyber-surveillance consequences could be enormous.""
Article links:
Fact Sheet on U.S. "Constitution Free Zone"

June 25, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU geographers win defense grant to study Central American communities

The following is copied/ pasted from above link:
"Geographic Controversy over the Bowman Expeditions / México Indígena"

"These are some links on the issues surrounding the México Indígena project at the University of Kansas, so geography students and other academic researchers can become more aware of the controversy involving its connection to the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) nearby at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It is important to understand the larger context of military targeting of Indigenous dissent in the hemisphere, a background which has generated the concerns about the project. The México Indígena project, part of the larger "Bowman Expeditions," was jointly funded by the FMSO and the American Geographical Society (AGS), working with the weapons company Radiance Technologies. It was coordinated by Kansas geography professors Peter Herlihy and Jerome Dobson, working with the FMSO's Geoffrey Demarest and Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP) Professor Miguel Aguilar Robledo."

June 20, 2013 at 3:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Common Core wrongly tied to data project

The recent changes in the privacy regulations FERPA open the door to widespread problems - data sharing without consent to corporations etc. The following are searches on this topic, with a couple sites that looked interesting (on different topics from the Mass ACLU - who has a fabulous website):

EPIC v. The U.S. Department of Education


Massachusetts one of seven states to share confidential student data with private corporations

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood: Protect Massachusetts Students' Privacy

Lawsuit charges Ed Department with violating student privacy rights

SPECIAL REPORT: Comment on April 8, 2011 Proposed FERPA Regulations

Why EPIC is Suing the Department of Education –and Why They Should Win

DHS findings: People are insufficiently suspicious of their neighbors!

Mapping the human brain: we need to make sure ethical and legal questions don't get left behind

Obama administration wants school teachers to snoop on their kids?

Private company hoards license plate data, plans to create database with "billions" of records

June 14, 2013 at 12:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editiorial: Big Brother
George Annas, J.D., M.P.H.:
"... as Dr. Watson said in 1991, when he said, "Speaking as a citizen, I think genetic information should be absolutely private.  The idea that there will be a huge data bank of genetic information on millions of people is repulsive.""
Pilar Ossorio, J.D., Ph.D.:
"I think the problem of genetic information privacy is set in a larger context in which both government entities and private firms are surveilling, tracking and profiling us like never before."

June 10, 2013 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Have electronic medical records worked as advertised?

To call those who take seriously privacy of medical records 'paranoid' shows how little you understand the issue.
For an intro to some of the issues involved, see below:
Medical Records and Privacy

And on the recent Supreme Court DNA case, see:

June 9, 2013 at 10:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City hears pitch for policy limiting use of drones by police department

Thank you to the ACLU and the concerned citizens who spoke out against drone use in our city.

The Program - William Binney Interview

May 30, 2013 at 11:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Moral choice

I have not looked long or hard. But did a quick google search on ethics of bombing Japan - right there was the UC Davis professor Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa's work - oh, and on the same issue (and perspective) is an article in todays NY Times - see the science section.
Mr. Kelly might take a look too:

For Witness to Nagasaki, a Life Focused on Science

May 13, 2013 at 11:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Moral choice

Apparently some (at least one) of the student's theories are shared by a very credible scholar.

A Conversation with Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

May 13, 2013 at 10:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Moral choice

Dear Sych: you can disagree with the paper - but it might be a stretch to say on the info you presented that a University of Michigan journal, even a student run one, is not credible. Feel free , if it is worth it to you, to address what you find problematic with it. It might not be the entirety of truth - nothing is (even many articles in eminent peer reviewed journals).
And I did not say *you* were shocking, just the statement you made, and you addressed that. All the best to you.

May 13, 2013 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )