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  • Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police

    12/26/2014 7:31:29 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 75 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 12-26-14 | John Whitehead
    In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens' Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a "reasonable" mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law....
  • Rand Paul wins victory for parents

    12/24/2014 10:46:37 AM PST · by Plummz · 4 replies
    Campaign 4 Liberty / WORLD magazine ^ | 12-18-2014 | Norm Singleton
    Newborn screening for medical disorders is becoming an increasingly common practice. This seems like a good thing; however, along with the potential benefits of screening, there are concerns that some states are not obtaining parental consent before doing the screening. There are also legitimate concerns that state governments will store the child's DNA in a database. No one should be surprised to learn that there is a federal program funding newborn screening, and readers of this blog should not be surprised to learn that legislation extending this program was rammed into law in the lame duck session of Congress. However,...
  • Supreme Court Sides With Police In 4th Amendment Case Arising from Officer’s ‘Mistake of Law’

    12/20/2014 11:11:53 PM PST · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Reason.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Damon Root
    In a decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the police in a case arising from an officer’s “mistake of law.” At issue in Heien v. North Carolina was a 2009 traffic stop for a single busted brake light that led to the discovery of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. According to state law at the time, however, motor vehicles were required only to have “a stop lamp,” meaning that the officer did not have a lawful reason for the initial traffic stop because it was not a crime to drive around with a single busted brake...
  • [Supreme] Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law (Roberts v. Fourth Amendment 8-1)

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • ‘No Refusal’ Police Blood Test Checkpoint Protested by Concerned Citizens

    10/27/2014 10:02:35 AM PDT · by relictele · 71 replies
    Counter Current News ^ | 25 Oct 2014 | Jackson Marciana
    The Springfield Police Department, along with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol were in for a big surprise last night when members of a local “Cop Block” chapter turned up to warn drivers about the disturbing “sobriety” checkpoint that was set up. The Clark County OVI Task Force said that their sobriety checkpoint was a “no refusal” inspection of drivers, to “make sure no one’s out drinking and driving,” an officer with the Springfield Police told us. The checkpoint was conducted at State Route 40 and State Route 68 in Clark County and began at 8:00...
  • Public jumps to help man mistaken for Frein

    10/23/2014 3:53:16 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | October 22, 2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully, of Candensis, does not own a car and walks to work through the search area. He has been stopped and questioned by authorities numerous times, eventually being forced to the ground at gunpoint. The man who has been stopped by police numerous times while walking to work through the manhunt search area has been overwhelmed by the public's response, according to his mother, Linda Waddington Tully. There have been offers of vehicles, a fundraiser, and lots of media attention. James Tully, 39, lives off Snow Hill Road in Canadensis, which has been a key area in the search...
  • Canadensis man targeted repeatedly as Frein suspect

    10/21/2014 1:47:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 105 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 10-20-2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully of Canadensis, who has to walk to work in the heart of the Eric Frein search area, has been stopped by police more than 20 times, including an encounter Friday night when he says he was roughed by an officer. Police searching for Eric Frein have questioned James Tully so many times that he started carrying his driver’s license and work identification on a neck lanyard to prove his identity. But that wasn’t enough to keep him from being forced to the ground by gunpoint Friday on Route 447, and being held there, face down in the gravel,...
  • When you think of Eric Holder, please remember Elian Gonzalez

    09/27/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-27-14 | Amy Miller
    Don’t let that pre-Attorney General debacle go down the memory hole. As we count down Eric Holder’s greatest hits, the first image that comes to the mind of many Americans isn’t that of Brian Terry, or of Black Panthers outside polling places, but of a screaming child staring down the barrel of a rifle. On April 22, 2000, just before dawn, U.S federal agents executed a full-blown raid on the home of five year old Elian Gonzalez, seizing the child and setting in motion procedures to send Elian and his father back to Cuba. I was only a freshman in...
  • Yahoo: Feds made us spy or pay $250K a day in fines [Loss of privacy under Obama]

    09/12/2014 4:21:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/12/14 | Cheryl K Chumley
    Yahoo executives said the federal government made them participate in a surveillance program and turn over key private client information — else face $250,000 per day in fines. The insider account of how and why Yahoo helped the feds expand their spy program came to light just this week, after a judge ordered some materials
  • The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

    08/25/2014 7:37:48 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    The Intercept ^ | August 25, 2014 | Ryan Gallagher
    The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants. ICREACH contains information on the...
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

    08/01/2014 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2014 7:27 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. […] The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution’s protections against illegal search and seizure and could damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by large technology companies, including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. …
  • Police apparently drop plan to photograph 17-year-old's genitals

    07/17/2014 8:44:15 AM PDT · by rey · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10 July 2014 | Lauren Rabb
    <p>Flores Laboy and Bigley said that police photographed the teenager's genitals last month but wanted the additional photos for better comparison to their evidence. In order to make his penis erect, they planned to take him to a hospital and give him an injection, Bigley said.</p>
  • What Your "Startlingly Intimate, Voyeristic" NSA File Looks Like

    07/06/2014 11:43:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 7/6/2014 | Tyler Durden
    A few days ago, we asked a simple rhetorical question: "Are you targeted by the NSA?" The answer, sadly for those reading this, is very likely yes, as it was revealed that as part of the NSA's XKeyscore program "a computer network exploitation system, as described in an NSA presentation, devoted to gathering nearly everything a user does on the internet" all it takes for a user to be flagged by America's superspooks is to go to a website the NSA finds less than "patriotic" and that user becomes a fixture for the NSA's tracking algos. So assuming one is...
  • San Diego gang member is at heart of U.S. Supreme Court privacy ruling

    06/25/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6-25-2014 | TONY PERRY AND MAURA DOLAN
    When David Riley, a 19-year-old member of San Diego's Lincoln Park gang, was arrested in August 2009 on suspicion of shooting at a rival gang member, it received little or no public notice. The same was true when Riley's first trial ended in a hung jury, and when he was convicted at a second trial of attempted murder and other charges, and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. But now Riley's name has assumed national legal prominence as one of two cases that led to Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended privacy rights to cellphones, a sweeping...
  • Documents Detail Crime Scene Search After Killeen Officers Shot (No-Knock Raid gone bad)

    05/15/2014 3:35:28 PM PDT · by bamahead · 29 replies
    KWTX.com Waco, TX ^ | May 15, 2014 | Rachel Cox
    KILLEEN (May 14, 2014) Documents released Wednesday including search warrant affidavits and a lengthy evidence inventory provide details of both the drug raid that left one Killeen police officer dead and another injured and of the crime scene investigation that followed the deadly shooting. Police Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, 47, and Officer Odis Denton, 37, were shot as they and other officers served the narcotics search warrant just after 5:30 a.m. Friday at 1104 Circle M Dr. Apt. 3 in Killeen. Dinwiddie died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the intensive care unit of Scott & White Hospital. Denton, who was...
  • SWAT raid in Kalamazoo turns up empty-handed, frightens family

    05/15/2014 3:28:51 PM PDT · by bamahead · 40 replies
    WMMT.com NEWSCHANNEL 3 ^ | May 6, 2014 | Staff
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A SWAT team raids a Kalamazoo family home looking for drugs, but turns up empty handed. It happened last Thursday at a house on Southworth Terrace. Two young children were home at the time. Their parents tell us, police made a mistake, and now they're left to cope with the trauma. The family tells Newschannel 3 the man police were looking for, was renting the home nearly a year before they moved in, and they're upset police didn't do their homework before busting through their door. "I thought it was somebody either trying to rob...
  • 7th Circuit upholds warrantless entry, seizure of gun rights activist

    05/14/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/13/2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Milwaukee police who forced their way into a gun rights advocate's home without a warrant, took her for an emergency mental evaluation and seized her gun were justified under the circumstances and protected from her civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ruled. "The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel. "At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home." But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other...
  • Pa. Supreme Court ruling: Cops discuss warrantless searches, probable cause

    05/03/2014 1:00:25 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | 5-2-14 (updated) | Brett Hambright
    This week’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on warrantless vehicle searches has motorists wondering when a cop will be rummaging through their car. The ruling now permits police to search a vehicle without a driver’s consent or a judge’s signature on a warrant. Local police professionals, however, say little will change as far as who is subjected to searches. They claim it all comes down to an officer having “probable cause,” as the high-court ruling states. What exactly is probable cause? What qualifies as means for an officer to search a vehicle? “There must be probable cause that there is evidence...
  • The next NSA? Police departments under scrutiny for phone, license plate surveillance

    05/03/2014 12:30:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 02, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    The NSA isn’t the only government agency raising concerns about electronic privacy. Local police departments are coming under similar scrutiny—not only for using spying technology, but for hiding their use from the public. At least 25 police departments now use what is known as “Stingray,” a briefcase-sized box that swallows up cell phone data within a mile radius. More than one in three large police departments are also using license-plate readers, which can record every plate—even on a four-lane highway—from vehicles going at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. […] But the two technologies raise broader questions about...
  • Hands Off My Cell Phone!

    04/30/2014 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Bob Barr
    America is known as “The Land of the Free,” but with the world’s highest prison population where more than 12-million arrests were made in 2012 alone, the statement’s accuracy is open to question. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than half of American men will be arrested at least once in their lifetime, and a 2011 study reported by TIME suggests that one out of three young adults will be arrested at least once by the time they turn 23. In an “arrest-first-ask-questions-later” system, innocent citizens routinely find themselves in front of a mug shot camera -- and as...
  • Supreme Court To Decide If Police Can Search Through Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

    04/30/2014 7:34:14 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    Freedom Works ^ | 30 April 2014 | Julie Borowski
    If you’re arrested, can police search through your cell phone without first obtaining a warrant? Unfortunately, the law regarding cell phones searches has been unclear especially in the rise of smart phones. The Supreme Court heard two cases today about whether the police need warrants to search detainee’s mobile phones. Both of these cases, Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, involve suspects getting charged for additional crimes after the police found evidence on their cell phones after their arrest. The lower courts have been torn on the privacy issue. This case should have huge implications as 12 million...
  • Minnesota Senate Passes Cell Phone Tracking Bill

    04/24/2014 5:57:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    KEYC ^ | 4-23-14 | Mitch Keegan,
    New restrictions on police use of cell phone tracking technology has won backing from the Minnesota Senate. Senators voted Tuesday to require a special tracking warrant when a device is used to find a person's location by their cell phone or other electronic devices. The bill says law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. People being tracked must eventually be notified that their information was collected.
  • Confirmed: Americans Searched Without Warrants

    04/02/2014 8:03:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    CBN ^ | April 02, 2014 | CBN
    The National Security Agency has searched the communications of American citizens without obtaining warrants, the administration's top intelligence official confirmed this week. James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, confirmed the practice in a letter to Congress Tuesday. He didn't say when or how often the searches took place. The NSA gathers the communications of ordinary Americans, but it had not been clear if those records had been searched. "Senior officials have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans' emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant," Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and...
  • Manhunt leads to massive roadblock, warrantless car-to-car searches

    03/16/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    Police State USA ^ | March 15, 2014 | PSUSA
    ROCKVILLE, MD — Thousands of motorists were brought to a standstill when police conducted a massive roadblock to find three crime suspects. Twelve lanes of traffic were shut down and swarms of armed government agents combed through a giant traffic jam performing warrantless vehicle-to-vehicle searches. The busy Tuesday morning commute was abruptly halted just after 10:00 a.m. on March 11th. One driver told ABC News that traffic stopped and he witnessed 30 police cars pass on the shoulders of I-270 near Rockville. “Then, when I saw a wall of police officers with automatic weapons approaching our cars, it was apparent...
  • Texas court rules that police may introduce illegally gathered evidence at trial

    03/15/2014 9:01:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 186 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/15/14 | Doug Book
    Texas prosecutors are applauding a decision by the State Court of Criminal Appeals which provides police officers a second chance to present evidence which has been gathered contrary to Texas law and the 4th Amendment. The ruling literally offers law enforcement a “do-over;” an opportunity to secure a search warrant AFTER a home has been illegally searched and AFTER evidence has been improperly obtained. In 2010, police in Parker County, Texas received a call from a confidential informant (CI) who claimed that Fred Wehrenberg and a number of associates “were fixin’” to cook meth. Hours after the call–at 12:30 A.M...
  • Hell Hath No Fury Like A Di-Fi Scorned

    03/12/2014 4:40:44 PM PDT · by Noremac · 22 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | March 12, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    I totally see what hubby Richard Blum sees in Dianne - access to the ability to receive multi million dollar no-bid contracts for real estate leases to Fed agencies.   One thing you can say about Democrats. Nothing embarrasses them. Well, it would embarrass them if it could be proved they slipped up and did or said something that could be identified as sensible or honest – but they don't have anything to worry about there. Certainly Senator Dianne Feinstein won't be troubled or see the duplicity inherent in her vociferous complaints against the CIA. NBC News' Katie Hunt...
  • Largo (Florida) police apologize for entering home without search warrant

    03/05/2014 6:56:40 AM PST · by rarestia · 35 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Wednesday, March 05, 2014 | Josh Rojas
    Largo police have apologized for entering a home without a search warrant and kicking in a bedroom door at a transitional housing property where they believed vagrants had taken over an empty home, according to a Sergeant who was there at the time. The incident happened around noon on Sunday at a home located on 128th Lane N., in Largo, according to dispatch records. "We explained to them why we were there and why we were in the house," said Sgt. Andrew Hill. "(We) immediately told them that we were absolutely sorry for coming into the house." Tenant Keith Montgomery...
  • Bill would allow judge to issue search warrant by telephone

    03/01/2014 2:57:27 AM PST · by don-o · 7 replies
    Kingsport TN Times News ^ | February 28, 2014
    KINGSPORT — Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. But, in the 21st century, some state senators who sit on the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee are standing in the way. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.” Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus said the bill originated from his office, is backed by state district attorneys general and is in response to a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that does not give law...
  • Texas Grand Jury refuses to indict homeowner in shooting death of sheriff’s deputy

    02/11/2014 8:55:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/11/14 | Doug Book
    In December of last year, members of the Burleson County, Texas SWAT team executed a pre-dawn, no-knock warrant by breaking through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee’s mobile home. Believing criminals to have broken in, Magee picked up a rifle positioned near his bedroom door and fired, killing county Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Sowders. Charged with capital murder, Magee faced the prospect of either life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection. On February 5th, “…the 21st Judicial District Grand Jury returned a No Bill on Capital Murder charges against Henry Goedrick Magee.” That is, the Grand Jury refused...
  • Texas man will NOT be charged for fatal shooting of sheriff's deputy

    02/06/2014 6:37:50 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 39 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 6, 2014 | James Nye
    A Central Texas man who shot and killed a sheriff's deputy entering his home will not be charged with capital murder, attorneys said Thursday. A local grand jury declined Wednesday to indict Henry Goedrich Magee for the December death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, who was part of a group of investigators executing a search warrant for Magee's rural home. Sowders and other officers entered the home about 90 miles northwest of Houston without knocking just before 6 a.m. Authorities were looking for guns and marijuana. Magee's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said his client thought he was the victim of...
  • Capitalism Calls Viral TSA Blogger Out of the Closet

    01/31/2014 7:25:10 PM PST · by Pharmer1 · 1 replies
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 01/31/2014 | pharmer1
    The author of the TSA blog "Taking Sense Away" is feeling the pull of capitalism. He's posted scoop on the TSA during and after his employment in the cadre of paid gropers. News media have picked his material on scanners and behavior of employees. Capitalism is calling, and there's a need to promote an upcoming novel based upon the inner workings of the TSA. Jason Edward Harrington is out of the closet. Best of luck to him.
  • City & County Settle New Mexico 'Anal Probe' Lawsuit (Stop Sign Runner Recieves $1.6 Million)

    01/13/2014 6:53:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    KFOX 14 ^ | January 13, 2014 | KFOX 14
    City, county settle NM 'anal probe' lawsuit ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A city and county in southern New Mexico have settled a lawsuit filed by man taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes over suspicion of hiding drugs. Attorney for David Eckert said Monday that Hidalgo County and the city of Deming recently settled their portion of a lawsuit for a total $1.6 million. The lawsuit, filed against police and sheriff's officials in Deming and Hidalgo County, which borders Mexico, alleges Deming police sought a search warrant for Eckert because they thought he appeared to be clenching his...
  • N.J. Supreme Court: Leaning on a porch is not grounds for arrest

    01/07/2014 7:19:04 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | January 7, 2014
    <p>TRENTON — In a ruling that strengthens "the right to walk freely on the streets of a city," the New Jersey Supreme Court said today that police were wrong to arrest a man for leaning on a private porch in a high-crime area.</p>
  • POLICE USING LAWFUL GUN OWNERSHIP AS AN EXCUSE FOR “NO KNOCK” HOME INVASIONS

    01/02/2014 9:57:38 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 91 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | JANUARY 2, 2014 | Doug Book, editor
    Texas courts have ruled that because legally owned firearms represent “a threat of physical violence” to police, officers may ignore the 4th Amendment rights of Texas residents by treating ALL legally issued warrants as “No Knock” warrants, even if the issuing judge has made it clear that officers “…must knock on the door and announce their identity and purpose before attempting a forcible entry.” In August of 2006, police in Collin County, Texas obtained a warrant to search the home of John Quinn based on information that Quinn’s son might be keeping a controlled substance on the premises. Although the...
  • Family ordered to remove nativity scene from yard

    11/29/2005 7:10:45 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 291 replies · 6,926+ views
    WWMT ^ | 11/29/05 | Mikey_1962
    NOVI (AP) - A Christmastime turf battle is being waged in suburban Detroit. A Novi family has been ordered to remove a seven-piece nativity scene from the front yard of their home, or face possible fines of $25 to $100 per week. The order given to Joe and Betty Samona didn't come from the government. It came from their subdivision association, which said they should have sought permission from the board of directors to place the figures outside their home. Michigan courts have said homeowners who join neighborhood or condominium associations must follow the rules set by the group. Dean...
  • Deputy killed as SWAT Team breaks through door to serve “No Knock” warrant

    12/28/2013 9:03:20 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 200 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/28/13 | Doug Book
    On December 19th, a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an attempt to serve a “no knock” warrant near Sommerville, Texas. Just before 6:00 A.M. an 8 member SWAT team broke through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living. Reacting to the pre-dawn, forced entry Magee grabbed a rifle propped against a bedroom door frame and fired at the unidentified intruders, killing 31 year old sheriff’s deputy Adam Sowders. No one else was injured and Magee was...
  • 'Almost Orwellian' -- why Judge Leon is right about massive NSA spying program

    12/20/2013 10:37:41 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 19, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    “Almost Orwellian” -- that’s the description a federal judge gave earlier this week to the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on virtually all 380 million cellphones in the United States. In the first meaningful and jurisdictionally grounded judicial review of the NSA cellphone spying program, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, a George W. Bush appointee sitting in Washington, D.C., ruled that the scheme of asking a secret judge on a secret court for a general warrant to spy on all American cellphone users without providing evidence of probable cause of criminal behavior against any of them...
  • Vanity: Tax Assessor requesting to inspect inside?

    12/07/2013 2:54:45 PM PST · by Blackhawk · 54 replies
    12/07/13 | Blackhawk
    Received a note on our door from the county tax assessors office "informing us that they required access to our home. Never heard of this before. Is that legal? Not sure if I want a government tax agent snooping around my home. Not in the current climate here in WI. Any serious advice?
  • Washington Times sues Homeland over seizure of reporter’s notes

    11/21/2013 4:14:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | Kellan Howell
    Newspaper accuses feds of unlawful search and seizure The Washington Times and one of its former journalists have sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case. In a motion filed in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., The Times and reporter Audrey Hudson asked a judge to force the federal agency to return all reporting files and documents it seized from Ms. Hudson’s home office during a raid in early August. • Click here to view a PDF file of the motion...
  • Selectman Wants Gun Safety Enforced

    11/10/2013 3:43:44 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    Swampscott MA patch ^ | 11/09/13 | Terry Date
    Selectman Barry Greenfield would like to give police the authority to inspect gun safety at people's homes. The problem, he said, is that police do not have the authority, granted by a local ordinance, to enforce the law and inspect the safeguarding of guns at the homes of the 600 registered gun owners in town.
  • Innocent man subjected to enema’s, X-Rays and colonoscopy in search for drugs

    11/06/2013 10:11:12 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 71 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/6/13 | Doug Book
    Rogue police officers and sheriff’s deputies in a Southern New Mexico county are guilty of the sort of malevolent abuse of authority which has come to typify the lust for power exhibited by far too many police officials and departments across the nation. Officers Bobby Orosco, Robert Chavez and Officer Hernandez subjected law abiding resident David Eckert to 14 hours of accusation and physical abuse as the “suspect” was forced to undergo X-Rays, 2 anal cavity searches, 3 enemas and a colonoscopy, all performed at the Gila Regional Medical Center without Eckert’s consent. The officers claim of probable cause for...
  • Oliver North says Republicans 'complicit' in letting intelligence services 'trod on' 4th Amendment

    11/02/2013 11:03:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    AL.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Lee Roop
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Retired Marine colonel and Iran-Contra figure Oliver North said in Huntsville Friday that that he is "deeply concerned" about the data being collected on American citizens by American intelligence agencies. "I think the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution has been trod on," North told a press conference before addressing a crowd of 350 at a young Republicans' dinner at the Davidson Center for Space Technology. North added that "the Republicans in Congress are complicit by not insisting on a select committee to investigate not just NSA, but Benghazi, the IRS, the spying on Americans, enemies' lists being...
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 5:27:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 110 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • State Tax Chief Encourages Inspectors To Enter Homes; Refusal Could Lead To Higher Assessment

    10/14/2013 10:19:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 37 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/12/2013 | Anne Schieber
    When someone comes to your door, you can let them in — or not. But keeping out a representative from the Michigan Tax Commission could be costly. At least that's what some residents in Davison Township are finding. When the local tax assessor showed up at homeowner John McLaughlin's house in the Genesee County community he said he wasn't going to let them in. So what happened after he declined the appointment: "My taxes went up," he said. The executive director of the Michigan Tax Commission said local tax assessors are supposed to be getting inside all homes to see...
  • Judge Kreep Banished to Traffic Court

    10/12/2013 8:01:51 AM PDT · by BAW · 46 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Greg Moran
    San Diego Judge Gary Kreep, a conservative legal activist who led a failed fight to challenge President Obama’s citizenship, has been exiled to traffic court after several Superior Court rulings favoring defendants’ constitutional rights. Kreep, 63, was reassigned on Sept. 9 from the downtown San Diego courthouse to a Kearny Mesa facility that handles traffic offenses and small claims. The move came after prosecutors from the City Attorney’s Office began to boycott his courtroom over his legal approach. For instance, Kreep often declined to take away a defendant’s 4th Amendment rights against search and seizure — something prosecutors can legally...
  • More of the evil slime that is Obamacare: Forced, no-warrant home inspection raids

    08/18/2013 9:37:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The fine print of Obamacare says “The 4th Amendment be damned, we’re coming into your house when we feel like it.” There is no other way to interpret what the allowable government raids of otherwise law abiding American homes will be. Under the provisions of the healthcare law given to Barack Obama by the Democrats and Chief Justice John Roberts, government thugs will have the right to kick in doors and search homes in a number of circumstances. These are by no means situations that would cause the average low information voter to shrug and acknowledge that “Maybe that’s not...
  • Gun Conviction Of Ernest Ramsey Stemming From Urination Stop Reversed By D.C. Court

    08/18/2013 6:35:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | 16 August, 2013 | Evan Bleier
    The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a man who was charged with possession of a handgun. According to the Legal Times, an officer approached Ernest Ramsey because he suspected that he was urinating in an alley. Somehow, the officer ended up running his name through the police database and searching him.The court ruled that since the officer didn't have cause to look Ramsey up, the search was unlawful and a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights.Judge Phyllis Thompson wrote that without "reasonable articulable suspicion or probable cause," the police can't detain individuals to look...
  • How to serve a warrant: 1972 versus today, by Lt. Harry Thomas

    08/17/2013 8:41:22 AM PDT · by bamahead · 32 replies
    Police State USA ^ | August 15, 2013 | Lt. Harry Thomas
    This past week I was over on Officer.com trying to convince some hot-headed, patriot-hating young cops that the Constitution is actually the law of the land. I failed. One of them refers to open carriers as “attention whores.” I was denounced as a traitor to law enforcement for insisting that gun owners actually have rights that LEO’s are legally and morally bound to respect. It got me thinking about the great gulf that separates the law enforcement profession that I knew as compared to the one that exists today. I never thought I’d be one of those geezers that says,...
  • NYPD to stop and frisk more whites to justify Bloomberg's unconstitutional strategy,LOL!

    08/15/2013 10:17:11 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | August 15, 2013 | NMAWorldEdition
    The Taiwanese animators strike again!! "Stop and Frisk" It's code for racial profiling to people of color, or a warm privileged safety blanket if you're caucasian. The policy has seen over 4 million New Yorkers stopped at random over the last 10 years, with the vast majority of those stops targeting black and latino New Yorkers, far beyond what their demographic numbers would justify.