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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Several States Purchasing Insecure Electronic Voting Systems

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

For the first time in a dozen years, states are looking at replacing their aging voting machines and related computer systems. But a survey of the early legislative debates surrounding this prospect suggests that some states are not heeding advice from federal officialsacademics and other experts saying that ink-marked paper-ballot systems are the wisest foundation for the most secure and verifiable elections.

This apparent dichotomy comes as states and the federal government have made an unprecedented effort to ramp up cyber-security precautions and training before 2018’s fall midterms, and as the voting machine industry is offering products that offer striking new options to make vote-counting more transparent and trustable.…

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For 6 Year-Old Immigrant Girl, Memorized Phone Number Was Lifeline

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

For a 6-Year-Old Snared in the Immigration Maze, a Memorized Phone Number Proves a Lifeline

On a hot and steamy Sunday morning, the man smuggling 6-year-old Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid and her mother, Cindy, across the border into the United States told them to be ready to depart soon. Cindy Madrid, exhausted and excited, called her sisters in Houston — the final leg of their month-long journey from El Salvador was about to begin. The sisters whispered a prayer into the phone, asking God to go with them. Then one sister grew serious: Make sure Jimena memorizes my phone number in case you are separated from one another along the way.



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Navy Plans ‘Austere’ Detention Camps To Hold At Least 100,000 Migrants

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

As President Donald Trump doubles down on his “zero-tolerance” policy that demands across-the-board prosecutions for anyone crossing the border without authorization, even if they’re seeking asylum, the U.S. Navy is preparing plans that could potentially detain more than 100,000 immigrants in camps, according to a new report from Time.

The magazine obtained an internal document containing the plans, which describes the camps as “temporary and austere.” The article notes:

The internal document, drafted for the Navy Secretary’s approval, signals how the military is anticipating its role in Trump’s immigration crackdown. The planning document indicates a potential growing military responsibility in an administration caught flat-footed in having to house waves of migrants awaiting civilian criminal proceedings.



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