School’s Out For Muslim Holiday Of Eid In NYC

New York City public-school students will get the day off this Thursday, Sept. 24, for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Summer-school students will also get off for Eid al-Adha starting next year. Is this a signal of change in the public’s perception of Islam?

How Government Surveillance Got Worse Under Obama

Key Patriot Act provisions expired June 1st, leaving us wondering exactly how far NSA surveillance will be rolled back. We thought mass surveillance was bad under President George W. Bush. But under President Barack Obama, it got even worse. So how exactly did we end up with the biggest domestic spying apparatus


Uh-Oh, The FBI Just Got Facial Recognition Technology

The FBI just announced its latest surveillance tool: the Next Generation Identification System, or NGI. And facial recognition software is a major part of NGI – which is why the FBI plans to collect up to 52 million photos of people’s faces by 2015. So is this a big deal? Yes, say the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who are worried Americans might be kissing any chance of anonymity goodbye.