First Snoopgate resignation!

You may not have heard of Judge James Robertson, because he was one of 11 members on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees government applications for secret surveillance or searches of foreigners and U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism or espionage. But perhaps you'll hear more about him now, as Judge Robertson is as of today the first to resign in response to Bush's illicit illegal spy-a-rama.

Robertson was appointed as a federal judge by Bill Clinton and later appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist to the top secret FISA court. Apparently, Robertson has already tried to mention to the President the legal and moral problems with the unending mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and the limited military tribunals. Although Robertson's resignation letter, submitted to new Chief Justice John Roberts, hasn't been made public, is seems to be a direct response to Bush's giving the go-ahead to the super-secret National Security Agency to eavesdrop - without warrants - on international calls and e-mails of Americans. It's unclear whether the go-ahead, or the President and Vice-President's unapologetic and defensive response, was Robertson's last straw.

While there's no hope that his resignation will inspire that of others who really should be resigning, it's one more voice echoing, if only by quiet resignation, the need to begin Bush impeachment proceedings.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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