Dustin Slaughter

Dustin Slaughter

Philadelphia, PA
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Writer and photojournalist

Writer, FOIA researcher, legal assistant. I focus on surveillance, civil liberties, criminal justice, and more.

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Local and State Police Involved in Sensitive Hemisphere Program

Philly-Camden area law enforcement have unfettered access to a massive phone record database rivaling the NSA's.

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Officials Fight Release of Suspicious Activity Reporting in Philadelphia

Similar suspicious activity reporting programs face mounting criticism nationally.

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Murky Legality: Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program

Police collect thousands of license plate images per minute, and store largely innocent people’s travel habits for a year. What’s wrong with this picture?

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PA State Police Purchase Controversial Cell Phone Spying Technology, and Don't Want You To Know About It

HailStorm gear scoops up cell data from people not under investigation, raising serious Fourth Amendment concerns.

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24 Philly Keystone Pipeline Protesters Arrested

24 Philly Keystone Pipeline Protesters Arrested

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The Death of Irony, or, University of Penn's Secret Meetings on Secret Surveillance Law - PHAWKER.COM

On Penn's opaque, cozy relationship with the national security state.

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An Unconstitutional Gag Order Threatens to Further Silence Barrett Brown

Legal proceedings surrounding the politically-charged, precedent-setting prosecution of investigative journalist Barrett L. Brown have taken another disconcerting turn as the government has requested a gag order to be placed on both Brown and his defense team.

The Questionable Benefits of Philadelphia's New Fusion Center

The folly of domestic security intelligence-gathering centers, or fusion centers – now facing criticism from both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C. – is about to stumble into Philadelphia, with our cash-strapped city footing $10 million of the $20 million bill amid the expected closing of 37 public schools.

Philly fights school plan - Salon.com

A state-appointed commission recently announced a plan to privatize most of the Philadelphia school system