What We’re Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.
The Brennan Center’s Faiza Patel comments for Color Lines on the NYPD intelligence gathering tactics.
Glenn Greenwald discusses the “severe erosion of civil liberties” that has continued under the Obama administration.
Will fundraising interfere with Super Committee efforts to cut federal spending? Read here about the upcoming fundraisers and those who refrained from taking part.
“I think most Muslims want police protection. They don’t want their kids … falling off the … train and going down the wrong path.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tries to justify the NYPD’s surveillance throughout ethnic communities, comparing it to screening children for measles.
After passing a Voter ID bill requiring ID’s be provided free of charge, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is advising its employees “not to mention free voter ID cards to the public — unless they ask.”
Josh Boak writes “Enter the Era of Super PACs” for Campaign & Elections, reporting on the effect super PACs are having on political consultants.