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  • Police supervisor among 3 put on leave during probe of excessive violence allegations

    04/02/2013 9:49:43 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    www.omaha.com ^ | April 2, 2013 | By Juan Perez Jr. WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
    An Omaha police supervisor has been placed on administrative leave as authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of a controversial arrest in north Omaha. The World-Herald has learned that the command officer is Sgt. Aaron P. Von Behren, a 15-year department veteran and one-time recipient of the department's life-saving award. The World-Herald also learned the identity of an officer who earlier was placed on administrative leave: James T. Kinsella, a veteran of nearly five years.
  • Can you hear me now? Feds admit FBI warrantless cellphone tracking ‘very common’

    03/29/2013 2:38:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/29/13 | Shaun Waterman
    FBI investigators for at least five years have routinely used a sophisticated cellphone tracking tool that can pinpoint callers’ locations and listen to their conversations — all without getting a warrant for it, a federal court was told this week. The use of the “Stingray,” as the tool is called, “is a very common practice” by federal investigators, Justice Department attorneys told the U.S. District Court for Arizona Thursday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Installed in an unmarked van, Stingray mimics a cellphone tower, so it can pinpoint the precise location of any mobile device in range and...
  • Daniel Castillo, Jr.

    03/26/2013 3:51:47 PM PDT · by Altariel · 75 replies
    Reason ^ | February 15, 2007 | Radley Balko
    s I posted earlier, the 17-year-old Houston resident was shot to death Tuesday by a police SWAT team during a drug raid on his family's home. It's increasingly looking like yet another paramilitary drug raid gone horribly wrong. The father of a 17-year-old killed by a police officer who was looking for drugs at his home said the shooting was unprovoked. [...] The elder Castillo said his son was awakened by the pleas of his 20-year-old sister, Ashley. When the younger Castillo turned toward Falks, he said, the officer shot him in the face. "My son heard her say, 'Don't...
  • Supreme Court Says It's Illegal For A Police Drug Dog To Sniff Your Porch

    03/26/2013 9:39:18 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 129 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 26, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    The Supreme Court has ruled that police use of a drug-sniffing dog on a homeowner's porch is a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. [...]
  • Dad: This Picture of My Son Holding a Gun Triggered a Visit from NJ Police, Family Services

    03/19/2013 10:29:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 19, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    Did this photograph spark a police action that tried to enter a New Jersey home without a warrant? That’s the story being told on a website dedicated to “Open Carry” in the state of Delaware. The title of the story, “The fight has officially been brought to my front door.” (PHOTO AT LINK) The young man in the photo is the 11-yr-old son of Shawn Moore. The gun is a .22 rifle, a copy of the AR-15, but a 22 caliber. The photo was posted on Facebook by a proud father. That Facebook posting apparently triggered an anonymous call to...
  • Bank account info belongs to CIA, says US government

    03/15/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT · by alexmark · 30 replies
    In an attempt to pursue terrorists across the globe, the Obama administration has proposed legislation that will give spy agencies access to citizens’ finances. Currently, the FBI is the only agency that has access to these databases, but the plan will give the CIA and NSA the same access. So does this proposition take the war on terror too far? Private investigator Kenneth Cummins explains the legality of the legislation.
  • Possession of Firearms in Home, begets New Jersey Man 30 days in Jail

    03/06/2013 11:26:26 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 71 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Mar. 6, 2013 | Attorney Evan F. Nappen
    Hudson County, New Jersey --(Ammoland.com) At approximately 10pm on Thursday night, January 24, 2013, 33-year-old Keith Pantaleon of Jersey City, New Jersey, was in the bedroom of his apartment watching television after a full day’s work – when he heard thumping noises coming from his living room. Believing that his residence may be being broken into, he grabbed his soft-bound Day Planner case (which also held a lawfully purchased handgun), and cracked open his bedroom door to investigate. In the center of his living room, he saw a man dressed entirely in dark clothing who had his back towards him....
  • This Is How We Resist *Video*

    02/28/2013 11:16:31 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | Mac Slavo
    This Is How We Resist *Video* Mac Slavo February 28th, 2013 It should be clear by now that the Federal government, through various agencies like the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, is rapidly moving towards a legal model that aims to strip fundamental rights traditionally protected by the Constitution of the United States. The Second Amendment is and has been under fire for quite some time, but what many Americans fail to realize is that the attack on our right to bear arms is only part of a much broader plan, one that aims to quietly kill any semblance...
  • The Constitution Repealed in Ten States

    02/28/2013 10:23:25 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 28 replies
    http://www.christianpost.com/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | Judson Phillips
    Your constitutional rights have been repealed in ten states. No, this isn't a joke. It is not exaggeration or hyperbole. If you are in ten states in the United States, your some of your rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights have been made null and void. And it is not just those ten states. Those are just the states where everyone who lives in those states has lost some of their constitutional rights. The sad truth is that there are only fourteen states where this stripping of the rights of American citizens has not happened. What is going on?...
  • Lawmakers "accidentally" legalize warrantless invasion of gun owner's homes

    02/22/2013 10:21:02 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/22/13 | Doug Book
    Lawmakers in Washington State have accidentally written a bill permitting police to invade private homes for the purpose of confiscating “illegal” guns and accessories, such as magazines which hold over 10 rounds. (1) According to Senate Bill 5737, introduced on February 13th by Democrat State Senators Murray, Kohl-Welles and Kline, no one may possess an “assault weapon” or the combination of a semi-automatic pistol or rifle capable of using a detachable magazine AND any magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammo. Happily, however, you ARE allowed to possess an UNLOADED assault weapon “…for the purpose of permanently...
  • Buckeye leaf mistaken by Tennessee police

    02/17/2013 8:34:30 AM PST · by redreno · 32 replies
    www.dispatch.com ^ | Thursday February 14, 2013 9:08 AM | Joe Blundo
    Tennessee police might need better instruction in botany and Buckeye football. A 65-year-old woman recently came under suspicion, she reported, for having a Buckeye leaf decal on her car. The cops mistook it for a marijuana symbol. “It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni said. She lives in Plano, Texas, but she grew up in Columbus and is known as a lifelong Buckeyes fan.
  • How the LAPD Lost my Trust

    02/09/2013 5:19:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    I am a certified firearms instructor who has taught CCW classes in Arizona since the beginning of the CCW program there in 1994. As we are on the border with California, I watch the developments there with some interest. Unfortunately, nearly everything that I have read and heard about the LAPD and guns has lead me to distrust them. I had numerous students who had dealings with the LAPD. I started hearing stories about how guns were seized, even if there were no crime involved. If an officer came across a gun, it was seized, and it would not be...
  • Senate panel approves bill requiring police to get a warrant to read emails

    11/29/2012 11:53:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A key Senate panel approved legislation Thursday that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can read a private citizen's emails, Facebook messages or other electronic communications. The revised Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee will now move on to the full Senate for a vote. Passage would be a victory for privacy advocates, who say current privacy rules have been left in the dust by technological progress. Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who played a key role in drafting the original bill, has called the existing law,...
  • Whatever happened to the right to be left alone?

    11/28/2012 10:55:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 28, 2012 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    <p>The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written in order to keep the government from invading the right to be left alone--today known as the right to privacy. The Framers who wrote the Constitution, and Jefferson and his colleagues who insisted on the Fourth amendment among others, had suffered grievously at the hands of the British king and his soldiers.</p>
  • Sign Here

    10/05/2012 12:28:50 PM PDT · by Altariel · 3 replies
    Simple Justice ^ | October 4, 2012 | SHG
    There isn't a doctor's office in the nation that doesn't hand patients a stack of papers to complete before they see the doc.  And we dutifully fill them out because, well, we just don't care that much about the forms and expect them to be the typical bureaucratic nonsense that one must endure before getting to the point of the visit.  Everybody knows we do this, including the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. And that gave them an idea.Like many law enforcement agencies, prescription drug abuse was a problem in need of a solution, and rather than go through the onerous...
  • Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen

    08/02/2012 2:05:24 PM PDT · by Myrddin · 38 replies
    US News ^ | August 2, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen. A judge denied a request to dismiss charges Wednesday against Rodney Brossart, a man arrested last year after a 16-hour standoff with police at his Lakota, N.D., ranch. Brossart's lawyer argued that law enforcement's "warrantless use of [an] unmanned military-like surveillance aircraft" and "outrageous governmental conduct" warranted dismissal of the case, according to court documents obtained by U.S. News. [Photo Gallery: The Expansion of the Drone] District Judge Joel Medd wrote that "there was no improper use...
  • Warrantless WireTaps: US Intel Director Admits Collection Violates 4th Amendment

    07/25/2012 10:19:51 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 1 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-25-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) via a letter to Senator Ron Wyden (R-OR) has confirmed Wyden's statement that The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has, at least on one occasion, collected information through warrantless wiretaps that violate the Fourth Amendment. While agreeing with Wyden, the DNI issued this statement: The government has remedied these concerns and the FISC has continued to approve the collection as consistent with the statute and reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. Source. FISC is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a court which renders decisions with no transparency to the public and generally not to our...
  • FYI: ICE checkpoint in NH

    07/12/2012 12:41:29 PM PDT · by krogers58 · 45 replies
    Self | 7/12/2012 | Self
    My wife and I were just stopped in I-93 in north-central NH by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. All cars were stopped, and the officer stuck his head in my window, much as they do at DUI checkpoints. He then looked around the car, and asked us if we were US citizens. We answered in the affirmative and he then asked for our ID's. What has happened to this country when we can be harassed by ICE but the actual illegal immigrants cannot?
  • Midwest ranchers, lawmakers protest EPA flyovers

    07/03/2012 1:00:33 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/2/12 | David Pitt
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems. The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations. Ranchers who object to the program said they're not trying to hide anything. It's the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy's home raided by French police

    07/03/2012 12:02:06 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 23 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | July 3 2012 | Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
    French police have raided the home and offices of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy as part of an investigation into allegations of illegal campaign-financing by France's wealthiest woman. Police searched the mansion rented by Carla Bruni in a chic gated community in the west of Paris early on Tuesday morning. She and Sarkozy have lived there since their marriage, in 2008. Detectives also searched the office of the legal firm where Sarkozy is a partner and the office he moved into after losing the presidential election to the Socialist François Hollande in May. The couple were not present as they...