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  • Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops

    06/20/2016 12:21:30 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 56 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 06/20/2016 | Chris Geidner Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops The 5-3 decision prompts a sharp rebuke from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who writes that those targeted by police “warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere.” Originally posted on Jun. 20, 2016, at 12:16 p.m. Updated on Jun. 20, 2016, at 1:07 p.m. BuzzFeed News Reporter Chris Geidner/BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for police to get evidence admitted in a prosecution even if that evidence was obtained after an unconstitutional stop. In a 5-3 decision, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court that...
  • Supreme Court says no to John Doe prosecutors; Abrahamson lashes out

    01/13/2016 8:03:10 AM PST · by Sopater · 9 replies ^ | 1/12/16 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Prosecutors of the political John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign will not be able to hold on to the mountains of documents they illegally seized, according to an order issued Tuesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The court filing also includes a vitriolic dissenting opinion from Justice Shirley Abrahamson that may set a new standard of bitterness for the liberal former chief justice.Four conservatives on the seven-member court denied a motion for limited intervention in the Supreme Court cases related to Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe probe.Justices Anne Walsh Bradley and...
  • AP-NORC Poll: Online surveillance is OK for most (barf alert)

    12/31/2015 12:51:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2015 3:37 AM EST | Emily Swanson
    A majority of Americans say they support warrantless government surveillance of the Internet communications of U.S. citizens, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It's at least somewhat important for the government to sacrifice freedoms to ensure safety, most say in the survey. ...
  • Rand Champions the Constitution at Utah Campaign Event

    08/29/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by z taxman · 24 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Aug. 29, 2015 | Brian Maffly
    Orem • Rand Paul brought his message of limited government and strict observance of the U.S. Constitution to Utah Saturday. A crowd of several hundred applauded his call to stand up for all 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights — not just the one protecting gun rights. "You can't support the Second Amendment unless you protect the Fourth," the GOP presidential candidate said, referring to the constitutional prohibition against unlawful search and seizure. That applause line was the Kentucky senator's segue into his intense opposition to blanket data-gathering on U.S. citizens — a key pillar of his long-shot campaign....
  • Judge sides with government in lawsuit over surveillance

    02/10/2015 7:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2015 9:29 PM EST
    A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland said the plaintiffs in the case—AT&T customers—had not shown that all AT&T customers’ Internet communications were currently the subject of a “dragnet seizure and search program, controlled by or at the direction of the Government,” and they therefore did not have standing to file a lawsuit under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against warrantless searches and seizures. White...
  • Justices split on whether police can search cellphones during arrests

    04/30/2014 8:10:20 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 32 replies
    LAT ^ | 04/29/2014 | David Savage
    WASHINGTON — Confronting a right-to-privacy question in the new world of smartphones, the Supreme Court justices sounded closely split Tuesday on whether police officers should be free to search through the phone of any person who is arrested. Justice Elena Kagan, the newest and youngest member of the high court, urged her colleagues to insist on protecting privacy. “People carry their entire lives on their cellphone,” she said during the argument involving a San Diego case. If there are no limits, a police officer could stop a motorist for not having seat belt buckled and download a huge amount of...
  • U.S. Supreme Court to weigh cell phone searches by police

    01/18/2014 2:36:24 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | 01/17/2014 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether police can search an arrested criminal suspect's cell phone without a warrant in two cases that showcase how the courts are wrestling to keep up with rapid technological advances. Taking up cases from California and Massachusetts arising from criminal prosecutions that used evidence obtained without a warrant, the high court will wade into how to apply older court precedent, which allows police to search items carried by a defendant at the time of arrest, to cell phones.
  • FSF responds to Microsoft's privacy and encryption announcement

    12/08/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    Free Software Foundation ^ | Published on Dec 05, 2013 03:30 PM | by John Sullivan
    Microsoft announced a new effort to "[protect] customer data from government snooping." FSF executive director John Sullivan issued the following statement on Thursday, December 5th: "Microsoft has made renewed security promises before. In the end, these promises are meaningless. Proprietary software like Windows is fundamentally insecure not because of Microsoft's privacy policies but because its code is hidden from the very users whose interests it is supposed to secure. A lock on your own house to which you do not have the master key is not a security system, it is a jail. Even on proprietary operating systems like Windows,...
  • Dick Cheney: Rand Paul is wrong on government surveillance

    07/19/2013 11:10:19 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 239 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    Former vice president Dick Cheney said Sunday that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was wrong to suggest that the government’s recently revealed sweeping surveillance techniques are an invasion of Americans’ privacy. “Two-thirds of the Congress wasn’t here on 9/11, or for that period immediately after when we got into this program,” Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday.” He later added: “When you consider the possibility of somebody smuggling something like a nuclear device into the United States, it becomes very, very important to gather intelligence on your enemies and stop that attack before it ever gets launched.” Cheney defended a National...
  • Don’t let the FBI make its own rules on drones

    06/20/2013 2:37:18 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 1 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 6/20/13 | David Freddoso
    FBI director Robert Mueller acknowledged in a hearing yesterday that the FBI uses drones at times for domestic surveillance. Nothing yet to freak anyone out, right? Well, it might be worth freaking out a bit in advance, then. If the recent NSA revelations teach us anything, it’s that this will become a problem in the future. Mueller says in the above clip that the feds are still devising rules about drone use. Instead of leaving this to the executive, Congress can step in now and set limits before it ever becomes a problem...
  • Supreme Court upholds DNA swabbing of people under arrest

    06/03/2013 7:41:56 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06/03/2013 | Pete Williams, Erin McClam
    The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the police practice of taking DNA samples from people who have been arrested for a serious offense but not convicted of a crime, ruling that it amounts to the 21st century version of fingerprinting. The ruling was 5-4. Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative, joined three of the court’s more liberal members — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — in dissenting. The five justices in the majority ruled that DNA sampling, after an arrest “for a serious offense” and when officers “bring the suspect to the station to be detained in...
  • 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...
  • SCOTUS Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs

    02/21/2013 9:01:01 PM PST · by Altariel · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 19, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "a court can presume" an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search "if a bona fide organization has certified a dog after testing his reliability in a controlled setting" or "if the dog has recently and successfully completed a training program that evaluated his proficiency in locating drugs." The justices overturned a 2011 decision in which the Florida Supreme Court said police must do more than assert that a dog has been properly trained. They deemed that court's evidentiary requirements too "rigid" for the "totality of the circumstances"...
  • Why It Doesn’t Pay To Cooperate With Police

    05/28/2012 7:23:51 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 147 replies ^ | May 21 2012 | Bob Livingston
    Police officers are trained manipulators. They take classes to learn how to read people’s body language and how to ask open-ended and innocent-sounding questions in order to surreptitiously obtain information they can use against you. They also have a knowledge of the laws that you don’t possess — and laws differ from State to State, and even from one jurisdiction in a State to another. Police have also been known to invent “laws,” place “evidence” that can be linked to you and twist your words into meaning something you did not intend.
  • Florida Police Roll Out Video Survelliance Truck Called the Peace Maker

    01/29/2012 7:58:55 PM PST · by dixiedarlindownsouth · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 01/27/2012 | Ihosvani Rodriguez
    FORT LAUDERDALE— Tania Ouaknine is convinced the police are watching her. She's not paranoid — it says as much on the red sign painted along the side on the hulking armored truck that's been parked in front of her eight-room Parisian Motel for several days. "Warning: You are under video surveillance," reads the bold message on the side of the truck. From the front bumper of the menacing vehicle, another sign taunts: "Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?"
  • Police Officers Committing Perjury in Testimony About Consent Searches?

    01/17/2011 12:53:42 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 11 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 01/17/2001 | Orin Kerr
    Last week, a Florida appellate court handed down a fascinating decision affirming the denial of a suppression motion while making perfecting clear the court’s strong suspicion that the officers’ testimony was false. The case is Ruiz v. State. Ruiz is a drug case involving an alleged consent search at the suspect’s home. The officers testified one way; the defendant testified very differently. The officers testified that they approach Ruiz on the street and politely asked him for ID. Ruiz invited the officers to his home, where his ID was located, and asked the officers to come with him. When the...
  • W.House proposal would grant FBI access to Internet activity records without court order

    07/29/2010 6:47:57 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Citizens for Legitimate Government & WaPo ^ | July 29, 2010 | by legitgov
    Per Beck: This change of 4 words is to be voted on TODAY. W.House proposal would grant FBI access to Internet activity records without court order 29 Jul 2010 The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation. The administration wants to add four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government...
  • Alaska-carry legislation, be careful what you wish for

    12/02/2009 4:27:18 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 26 replies · 1,151+ views
    Cheyenne Gun Rights Examiner ^ | November 30, 2009 | Anthony Bouchard
    Not only should we be careful in what we wish for, but we should be ever so diligent when drafting pro gun legislation. One of the greatest evils against the Bill of Rights is legislation that doesn't pass the constitutional test. This can happen even when the legislators have the best of intentions. Alaska police officers regularly disarm law abiding citizens, taking their firearms and running the serial numbers through the system. This in itself is a violation of the “fourth amendment”. No surprise here, officers that have taken an oath to uphold the constitution are regularly breaking this same...
  • Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

    01/26/2009 7:36:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 64 replies · 2,562+ views
    Carlos Miller ^ | 21 Jan 2009 | Carlos Miller
    Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day. In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted them.In one instance, police chased after Karina Vargas after she stepped on the train, banging on the window after the doors closed and demanding her to turn over the camera. The train sped away with Vargas still holding her camera.Her video, which did not show the...
  • The DUI Exception to the Constitution

    12/31/2008 2:53:07 PM PST · by Ron Jeremy · 659 replies · 9,361+ views
    DUI Blog ^ | 2005 | Lawrence Taylor (not the Linebacker)
    The DUI Exception to the Constitution” Posted by Lawrence Taylor on May 9th, 2005 In the course of various postings concerning MADD, I have received emails suggesting that they are a civic-minded organization which does not deserve my criticisms. As I have said on many occasions, I believe them to be a well-intentioned group of "true believers" — who, like most zealots, have a rigid and narrow focus and are ignorant of the harm they cause to others. And in other posts I have tried to explain the nature of that harm. Many years ago, I was invited to give...
  • Dog's bad nose prompts judge to toss drug case

    11/19/2008 5:27:12 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 20 replies · 595+ views
    Dog's bad nose prompts judge to toss drug case By Todd Ruger Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 1:32 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 1:35 p.m. MANATEE COUNTY — Another circuit judge threw out evidence in a drug possession case, ruling that a narcotics-sniffing dog’s nose was not reliable enough to justify searching a vehicle. Matthew McNeal is the second Manatee County defendant to escape drug possession charges this year because Talon, a now-retired K-9 from the Palmetto Police Department, alerted to the odor of drugs in a car and officers used that to search it. Defense...
  • New Court Decision Affirms that 4th Amendment Protects Location Information

    09/11/2008 10:41:20 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 6 replies · 246+ views ^ | September 11, 2008 | Unattributed
    Government Must Get a Warrant Before Seizing Cell Phone Location Records San Francisco - In an unprecedented victory for cell phone privacy, a federal court has affirmed that cell phone location information stored by a mobile phone provider is protected by the Fourth Amendment and that the government must obtain a warrant based on probable cause before seizing such records.The Department of Justice (DOJ) had asked the federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania to overturn a magistrate judge's decision requiring the government to obtain a warrant for stored location data, arguing that the government could obtain such information...
  • Right to Privacy Destined for Endangered List

    10/08/2006 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies · 1,527+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | October 4, 2006 | Bob Barr
    The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution protects Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and against warrants being issued without "probable cause" that they have done something wrong. While most Americans who might be familiar with this portion of our Bill of Rights probably consider its protections to apply only to criminals and therefore of little consequence to them, the Fourth Amendment actually provides vital protection to all Americans, not just "criminals." In fact, its prefatory language makes this clear, explicitly providing that its goal is to assure that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,...
  • Surveillance cameras going up in downtown Dallas

    10/03/2006 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 18 replies · 520+ views
    They are meant to reduce crime by helping police spot problems. By the end of the year, 40 cameras will cover 31 locations in the area. It's part of a plan first announced in January by Dallas Police. Grant money will cover the 840-thousand dollar price tag for the cameras. Police will monitor the cameras from their headquarters and City Hall. Some residents feel apprehensive about the surveillance, seeing it as an invasion of privacy. But others say the cameras could help curb petty crime and random violence.
  • Student questions legality of metal detectors at school

    09/20/2006 5:14:15 AM PDT · by Puppage · 166 replies · 4,425+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 9/20/06 | Puppage
    (New Haven-WTNH, Sept. 19, 2006 10:45 PM) _ A student's refusal to walk through a safety detector earns him a trip home. For some the installation of metal detectors in schools is to better protect those inside. One New Haven student is refusing to walk the walk, questioning whether his rights are being violated. The district says it is like the right to enter a courtroom or get on a plane. It's new policy to keep young people safe. For this New Haven student it's all about his fourth amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Nick...
  • N.J. court tells police limits on car searches don't apply to homes

    09/21/2006 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 156 replies · 5,425+ views
    Star-Ledger Staff ^ | Thursday, September 21, 2006 | BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG
    In New Jersey, one's home is not one's castle after all. The real castle, it turns out, is the car. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 4-3 yesterday that police do not need a reason to ask permission to search someone's home. The same court four years ago issued rules saying police must have a good reason before asking motorists if they can search their cars. Yesterday the court said the rules for cars -- which prohibit police from asking motorists if they can conduct a search unless they have "a reasonable and articulable suspicion" of criminal activity -- are...
  • Red-light cameras allow lucky turns About 300 citations are thrown out because of a loophole

    09/21/2006 8:25:38 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 18 replies · 1,185+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-21-06 | ALEXIS GRANT
    Hundreds of drivers who ran red lights while making turns at intersections newly monitored by cameras have not been issued tickets because of a loophole in the photo-enforcement ordinance. "The way the current city ordinance is written, turns are excluded, even if they are illegal turns," said Houston police Sgt. Michael Muench. Traffic officers reviewed more than 1,000 violations caught on camera during the first two weeks of the program, the police department reported. A third were thrown out, many because the driver was making a right or left turn while running the light, Muench said. Muench was unable to...
  • Judge: Security 'Pat-Downs" Of Buc Fans Unconstitutional

    07/28/2006 7:24:33 PM PDT · by Cagey · 134 replies · 1,949+ views
    WKMG-TV ^ | 7-28-2006
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Security "pat-downs" of fans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games are unconstitutional and unreasonable, a federal judge ruled Friday, throwing into question the practice at NFL games nationwide. U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore issued an order siding with a Bucs season-ticket holder who had sued to stop the fan searches that began last season after the NFL implemented enhanced security measures. High school civics teacher Gordon Johnson sued the Tampa Sports Authority, which operates the stadium, to stop officials from conducting the "suspicionless" searches. A state judge agreed with Johnston that the searches are likely unconstitutional and...
  • U.S. Senate Bids to Ban Emergency Gun Confiscation

    07/25/2006 10:00:01 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 44 replies · 1,161+ views
    U.S. Senate Bids to Ban Emergency Gun Confiscation But one prominent Democrat, among others, is opposed Updated: July 24th, 2006 05:07 PM PDT Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) charges a Republican-backed amendment that prohibits the confiscation of guns during an emergency puts police officers and first responders in danger. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), was added to the Homeland Security appropriations bill during a July 13 Senate vote. During the rescue and response after Hurricane Katrina police officers and first responders had to pull back from rescuing victims because they were being shot at by snipers. The amendment...
  • Click it or ticket

    05/31/2006 9:42:50 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 669 replies · 6,209+ views
    townhall ^ | 5/24/06 | Walter WIlliams
    Virginia's secretary of transportation sent out a letter announcing the state's annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign May 22 through June 4. I responded to the secretary of transportation with my own letter that in part reads: "Mr. Secretary: This is an example of the disgusting abuse of state power. Each of us owns himself, and it follows that we should have the liberty to take risks with our own lives but not that of others. That means it's a legitimate use of state power to mandate that cars have working brakes because if my car has poorly functioning brakes,...
  • Accused drug dealers get off - Judge agrees racial profiling was at play

    05/31/2006 7:49:33 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 90 replies · 1,343+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES ^ | May 31, 2006 | Karen Ali
    DANBURY — In a decision Superior Court trial referee Robert Callahan "agonized long and hard over," he ruled in favor of two accused drug dealers who claimed they were stopped outside the Sheraton in Danbury in 2004 only because they were black. In a written decision dated May 17 and received Friday by defense lawyers, Callahan said he came to his decision, which essentially guts the state's case against the men, "reluctantly" and after "soul-searching." Lawyer James Diamond of Danbury said his client Demetere Taft, 30, of Beaver Street, is "obviously very pleased that the judge has agreed with the...
  • The Real ID Rebellion (National ID)

    04/17/2006 8:50:15 AM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 104 replies · 1,772+ views
    CNET, ^ | 17 April 2006 | Declan McCullagh
    In 1775, New Hampshire was the first colony to declare its independence from oppressive laws and taxes levied by the British crown. Now it may become the first state to declare its independence from an oppressive digital ID law concocted in Washington, D.C. New Hampshire's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a remarkable bill, HB 1582, that would prohibit the state from participating in the national ID card system that will be created in 2008. A state Senate vote is expected as early as next week. The federal law in question is the Real ID Act (here's our FAQ on...
  • Drone aircraft may prowl U.S. skies

    03/30/2006 6:38:10 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 45 replies · 1,167+ views
    CNET ^ | March 29, 2006 | Declan McCullagh
    Unmanned aerial vehicles have soared the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq for years, spotting enemy encampments, protecting military bases, and even launching missile attacks against suspected terrorists. Now UAVs may be landing in the United States. A House of Representatives panel on Wednesday heard testimony from police agencies that envision using UAVs for everything from border security to domestic surveillance high above American cities. Private companies also hope to use UAVs for tasks such as aerial photography and pipeline monitoring. "We need additional technology to supplement manned aircraft surveillance and current ground assets to ensure more effective monitoring of United...
  • 80 Eyes on 2,400 People (Alaska and Security Cameras)

    03/29/2006 6:50:07 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 19 replies · 993+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 28, 2006 | Tomas Alex Tizon
    From Anchorage it takes 90 minutes on a propeller plane to reach this fishing village on the state's southwestern edge, a place where some people still make raincoats out of walrus intestine. This is the Alaskan bush at its most remote. Here, tundra meets sea, and sea turns to ice for half the year. Scattered, almost hidden, in the terrain are some of the most isolated communities on American soil. People choose to live in outposts like Dillingham (pop. 2,400) for that reason: to be left alone. So eyebrows were raised in January when the first surveillance cameras went up...
  • RFID: Europe Wants to Tag You

    03/20/2006 9:36:15 AM PST · by robowombat · 48 replies · 972+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 2006-03-12 | Elaib Harvey
    RFID: Europe Wants to Tag You From the desk of Elaib Harvey on Sun, 2006-03-12 20:45 Am I the only one who is a tad concerned about the new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Devices) Policy for Europe? I hope not. This year data retention legislation was introduced by the European Parliament and now we have the execrable Viviane Reding at a major conference in Hanover burbling about the Commission’s new consultation on the electronic tagging technology. Given that Commission Press Releases are normally bland to the point of ennui the following is quite something, “But their power to report their...
  • Pulled over in Kansas? Get ready to show your license, registration — and fingerprints

    03/22/2006 11:08:37 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 124 replies · 2,005+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 3/22/06 | BENITA Y. WILLIAMS
    If you are stopped by police in Kansas, don’t be surprised if the officer pulls out a little black box and takes your fingerprints. The gadget allows officers to identify people by fingerprints without hauling them to the police station. Over the next year the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will test 60 of the devices with law enforcement agencies around the state. State officials said similar tests are being planned for New York, Milwaukee and Hawaii. “This is definitely new,” said Gary Page, Overland Park Police Department crime lab. “It’s been talked about, but as far as I know they...
  • NYC Adding 500 Cameras, Want to Track People, Cars.

    03/22/2006 6:39:18 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 119 replies · 1,556+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 22, 2006 | ALISON GENDAR and MICHAEL SAUL
    New Yorkers, get ready for your closeup. The NYPD is installing 505 surveillance cameras around the city - and pushing to safeguard lower Manhattan with a "ring of steel" that could track hundreds of thousands of people and cars a day, authorities revealed yesterday. .. The NYPD also has applied for $81.5 million in federal aid to install surveillance cameras, computerized license plate readers and vehicle barriers around lower Manhattan, Kelly said. .. But don't expect the NYPD to install its cameras without battling the New York Civil Liberties Union. The watchdog group's associate legal director, Chris Dunn, questioned the...
  • Tickets For Good Driving

    03/09/2006 8:23:35 AM PST · by rock_lobsta · 52 replies · 1,104+ views
    Dozens of Central Texas drivers got pulled over Thursday for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Travis County deputies kicked off what has become a controversial reward program. You know that heart stopping feeling you get when seeing the flashing red lights of law enforcement in the rear view mirror. Well, you won't see that if you're a good driver, but you may get pulled over. Getting pulled over for doing nothing wrong may not sound right to a lot of people. Travis County Deputy Derrick Taylor says his job is to not only look for bad drivers, but reward and encourage...
  • Cameras Aimed at Ending Sex Acts

    03/07/2006 11:21:59 AM PST · by DBeers · 64 replies · 2,172+ views
    NewsChannel 5 (WTVF - TV) Nashville, TN ^ | March 6, 2006 | WTVF - TV
    You might expect to see cameras taking pictures of beautiful scenic shots at a park. But installing surveillance cameras to prevent lewd behavior would be a first for the city. Last year, nearly 300 people were cited for indecent exposure in various Metro parks. So common are the complaints, it's earned Cedar Hill a reputation. "This is about families taking their children to feed the ducks in the afternoon and being accosted by men doing things that you and I wouldn't even talk about on TV,” said Metro councilman Michael Craddock. But that hasn't stopped the talk at city council...
  • Congress Considering National ID Card

    10/18/2004 11:02:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 182 replies · 2,707+ views
    The American Conservative Union ^ | October 18, 2004 |
      Dear Friend of the ACU:Kiss your civil liberties and right to privacy goodbye! Do you believe that you should be compelled to carry a National ID Card that is imprinted with your fingerprint or your DNA imprint or other highly personal and private information?Do you believe that you should be required to produce this ID card on demand -- when you go to the grocery store or cross state lines or pay your taxes or at the whim of some petty government bureaucrat?This is not science fiction folks -- nor is it a scene out of a futuristic "B-movie"...
  • Boat owners say they were fearful during Coast Guard search

    09/22/2005 2:42:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 674 replies · 11,953+ views
    The Monterey Herald ^ | September 18, 2005 | VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
    Two of the Moss Landing Harbor residents who were the subjects of random boat searches during Labor Day Weekend say their experiences were closer to armed invasions than the friendly "safety inspections" characterized by U.S. Coast Guard officials. Both residents said search crews entered the harbor in inflatable boats with machine guns mounted on their bows. Then, carrying M-16 rifles, they approached residents and boarded and searched their boats in the name of safety and "homeland security." One resident, who asked not to be identified for fear or retribution, said his experience was "very intimidating, very frightening." "To me it...
  • Somebody-left-it-on-my-doorstep answer doesn't work very well

    03/10/2005 2:13:48 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 61 replies · 1,529+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/09/2005 | Ken Rodriguez
    If Hector David Herrera Martinez had been a better driver, he might not be facing a charge of smuggling bulk currency. If he hadn't been traveling in a passing lane without passing any cars, if he hadn't abruptly slowed to 40 mph in a 65-mph zone, if he hadn't suddenly pulled off the road, I'm sure nobody would have noticed that stashed in his 1987 Lincoln Town Car was $283,473. Unfortunately for Martinez, a Kimble County sheriff's deputy took notice and stopped him near Junction. And that's when Martinez had to explain where he got the money. Somebody, he told...
  • Boston Police to Randomly Search Rail Riders

    06/09/2004 4:52:23 PM PDT · by JOAT · 36 replies · 226+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 8, 2004 10:39 AM ET
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's transit police will randomly search subway and commuter train riders' bags and packages, making it the first American city to do so after March's deadly bombings in Spain, officials said on Tuesday. "This is a proactive policy designed to deter and prevent a terrorist attack," Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Chief Joseph Carter said. The random searches will begin in July, before July 4 Independence Day celebrations and ahead of the Democratic National Convention at the end of July. Boston has the nation's fourth largest rail system with nearly 1 million train and subway riders daily....