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  • A New York judge just ruled that the FBI can't force Apple to unlock iPhones

    02/29/2016 3:48:54 PM PST · by Drago · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/29/2016 | Kif Leswing
    A federal judge in Brooklyn has ruled that the government can't force Apple to help break an iPhone's passcode security. No, it's not the San Bernardino shooting case, a similar situation where the FBI is seeking to compel Apple to provide custom software to help it access data on a criminal's iPhone...
  • Trump asks voters to boycott Apple: 'I think that's a great idea'

    02/19/2016 12:56:20 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 238 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 19 Feb 16 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    Donald Trump on Friday urged a roomful of voters to boycott the tech giant Apple so long as its chief executive, Tim Cook, refuses to comply with a court order to assist the FBI with hacking into the cell phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. "First of all Apple better give the security for that phone," the Republican presidential hopeful said during a campaign rally in Pawleys Island, S.C. "What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time they give that security number. How do you like that?" "I just thought of it," Trump noted,...
  • Apple Unlocked iPhones for the Feds 70 Times Before

    A 2015 court case shows that the tech giant has been willing to play ball with the government before—and is only stopping now because it might ‘tarnish the Apple brand.’ Apple CEO Tim Cook declared on Wednesday that his company wouldn’t comply with a government search warrant to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, a significant escalation in a long-running debate between technology companies and the government over access to people’s electronically-stored private information. But in a similar case in New York last year, Apple acknowledged that it could extract such data if it wanted...
  • [Vanity] Apple vs FBi

    02/17/2016 6:13:36 PM PST · by AlienCrossfirePlayer · 165 replies
    self | 2016-02-17 | Self
    An Open Memo To Lou Dobbs As CEO, Tim Cooks obligation is to execute the corporate mission. Briefly stated, a corporation must deliver product to customers and return on investment to shareholders. It is not his job to make the nation secure from geo-political terrorism. Your suggestion that Mr. Cook will be culpable when another attack occurs was a stinking cheap shot. Obama has the job of making us secure and is failing us. Today on the sister network Fox News Channel, Obama was heard calling for improved cyber security. Do you see an irony? By resisting encroachment by the...
  • Apple CEO Cook condemns iPhone 'backdoor' order; calls it 'chilling,' 'dangerous'

    02/17/2016 4:20:38 AM PST · by John W · 282 replies
    upi.com ^ | February 17, 2016 | Shawn Price and Andrew V. Pestano
    LOS ANGELES Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said a court order demanding the company create a "backdoor" into the cellphone data of the San Bernardino, Calif., attackers was "chilling" and "dangerous." In a letter to customers, Cook expressed his opposition to the court order. "The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand," Cook wrote. "Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That...
  • Apple Turns Down FBI Demand For Encryption Key Made Under 1789 Law, Defends 4th Amendment

    02/17/2016 8:40:52 AM PST · by redreno · 80 replies
    https://photographyisnotacrime.com ^ | 02/17/2016 | Grant Stern
    Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc. turned down the FBI’s demand using a 1789 federal ordinance to build a “backdoor” into iPhones allowing law enforcement to defeat encryption as he explained in a “Customer Letter” this morning posted to the company’s website. Apple’s letter kicks off the highest profile defense of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment we are likely to see in our lifetimes
  • Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    01/31/2016 5:26:31 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 84 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet.Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue going in the same...
  • 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. ...
  • Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause

    12/29/2015 6:06:30 PM PST · by Twotone · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2015 | Radley Balko
    In April 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte, their 7-year-old daughter and their 13-year-old son. The couple, both former CIA analysts, awoke to pounding at the door. When Robert Harte answered, SWAT agents flooded the home. He was told to lie on the floor. When Addie Harte came out to see what was going on, she saw her husband on his stomach as SWAT cop stood over him with a gun.
  • TSA Chief: 'We're on the Cusp of a Very Different Looking Checkpoint Experience'

    11/05/2015 8:52:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 4, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Coming soon, a new checkpoint experience for airline passengers. Testifying before a House Oversight subcommittee on Tuesday, Peter Neffenger, the new head of the Transportation Security Agency, said he envisions "a day where the checkpoint looks very different from what it does today. With the exception of the full-body scanners, "We're still largely dealing with ...the same kind of checkpoint we've had for the past decade or more. And I think we're on the cusp of a very different looking checkpoint experience in the next five years."
  • Ill put them in camps: Rand Paul mocks GOP field for hardline rhetoric towards illegals

    08/31/2015 3:19:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/31/2015 | AllahPundit
    A nice catch by Sam Stein of HuffPo from Rand’s interview with Boston Herald Radio. Skip to around 11:00 for the key bit.I … did not expect a competition between Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul over who could conjure up a better Nazi allusion for Republicans. Or rather, I didn’t expect it until the election turned to foreign policy. “There have been a lot of dumb ideas put out,” Paul said, speaking with Boston Herald Radio. “One that the Mexicans will pay for a wall, [which] was probably the dumbest of dumb ideas. But putting a wall up between...
  • StingRay surveillance prompts Baltimore attorneys to review nearly 2,000 cases

    08/29/2015 8:58:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    Attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing hundreds of convictions after an investigation revealed that police there have secretly used cell phone surveillance tools in nearly 2,000 criminal cases. Following a report in USA Today that exposed the extent of the Baltimore Police Departments use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the citys public defender office now tell the paper they plan to ask the court to toss out a large number of convictions.
  • White Bear Lake stabbing victim was in key U.S. Supreme Court case

    08/12/2015 5:36:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8/10/2015 | Frederick Melo
    On a summer's day in 1987, Minneapolis police surrounded a woman's home in the northeast corner of the city and heard their suspect's voice inside. "Tell them I left," said Robert Darren Olson. The officers forced their way in. An Amoco gas station attendant had been shot dead on University Avenue the day before, and one of the suspects, the money and the murder weapon were already in custody. Police had been tipped off that their second suspect, the getaway driver, spent his nights at the duplex. They found Olson hiding in the closet. He was later convicted of aggravated...
  • Is the 4th Amendment Dead in Cyberspace?

    08/08/2015 11:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tracy Mitrano
    Over a year ago former director of both the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, flat out admitted, "we kill people based on metadata." He quickly distinguished between the metadata about which the debate was focused, telephone records, and other forms of surveillance metadata upon which covert actions are taken. Not surprised about the actions, I confess I was taken aback when I considered the implications that this disclosure has on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in cyberspace. Ever since the USA-Patriot Act in 2001, I have been harping on complications of the Fourth Amendment between content and metadata in data networking. For...
  • Feds Seize Medical Records on 'Fishing Expedition' Investigations with No Subpoena from a Judge

    07/22/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20 2015 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    While focusing their resources and political energy on the NSAs mass collection of metadata, privacy advocates have neglected the most dangerous institutionalized violations of the Fourth Amendment: administrative subpoenas. Now a United States District Court judge in Texas has ruled for the Drug Enforcement Agency that an administrative subpoena may be used to search medical records. It was inevitable, given the march towards illegally nullifying the Fourth Amendment through use of these judge-less bureaucrat warrants authorized by Congress. Administrative subpoenas are issued unilaterally by government agencies -- meaning without approval by neutral judges -- and without probable cause stated under...
  • License plates being rapidly scanned in Walmart parking lotby incognito surveillance vehicle?

    Suspicious activity noted ahead of #JadeHelm15 CHINO HILLS, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) A reader, John Temblador, retired California State Peace Officer, CDC, witnessed a vehicle dashing through a Walmart parking lot on June 4. at a high rate of speed, bearing no E plate.Temblador thinks that the vehicle may have been conducting a covert scan of some type.The vehicle appears to be equipped with license plate scanning technology or code catcher technology, aimed both forward and aft to either side of the vehicle to catch every plate in the parking lot.
  • Wisconsin's Shame, Govt.Sponsored Home Invasions.

    06/09/2015 8:05:55 AM PDT · by dvan · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4 , 2015 | David Freench
    They came with a battering ram. Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsins Act 10 also called the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs frantic barking. The entire house the windows and walls was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasnt dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full...
  • Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

    06/01/2015 1:21:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015
    Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special investigators known as "red teams." In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to...
  • Downtown Waco jail to remain closed, cost money without inmate increase

    05/29/2015 7:26:18 AM PDT · by FreetheSouth! · 4 replies
    Waco Trib ^ | Posted 3 months ago | CASSIE L. SMITH
    McLennan Countys downtown jail, closed since 2010, continues to cost money in the form of utility expenses, and its future remains uncertain because of a lack of prisoners. Keeping the lights on and occasional maintenance in the facility helps prevent the jail from further dilapidation. Commissioners have spent about $1.2 million in renovations since its closing. County officials hoped the downtown facility could reopen to house overflow from the Jack Harwell Detention Center, but so far there hasnt been one. County Judge Scott Felton said LaSalle Corrections, which manages the Jack Harwell center, could potentially house its inmates in the...
  • Rand Paul holding up surveillance bill, Senate Republicans divided

    05/22/2015 9:01:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2015 | Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett
    Rand is still standing. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian firebrand and GOP presidential hopeful, isnt showing any sign hell relent and allow speedier votes in the Senate on controversial government surveillance programs, as weary and recess-hungry senators trudged through a rare Friday session with a packed to-do list. Paul said Friday that he hasnt yet agreed to accelerate procedural votes currently set for Saturday on dueling proposals to renew expiring provisions in the PATRIOT Act. He had signaled that he might relent if he secured votes on privacy amendments, but shortly before 10 p.m. he said...
  • Watch: Cruz Praises Rand Pauls Patriot Act Protest (Article and video at site)

    05/20/2015 9:40:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)praised fellow presidential candidate and Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speech against the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday. Cruz began, I would note he [Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% ] and I agree on a great many issues, although we dont agree entirely on this issue, but I want to take the opportunity to thank the Senator from Kentucky for his passionate defense of liberty. His is a voice that this body needs to listen to. And praised the prior work of Rand and his father, former Congressman Ron...
  • Peter King: Paul Filibuster 'Putting Our National Security at Risk'

    05/20/2015 9:46:56 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 20 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Rep. Peter King slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for speaking for hours Wednesday on the Senate floor against renewing the Patriot Act and the NSA's metadata programs the law authorizes, charging to Newsmax that he is "doing a disservice to the country and he's putting our national security at risk. "He's unnecessarily frightening the American people," the New York Republican, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in an exclusive interview. "He's making the [National Security Agency] out to be the enemy.
  • Rand Paul: I Call For The President to Obey the Law, End NSAs Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law, Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted President Paul! President Paul! President Paul! outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it, Paul said. I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.
  • HOMESCHOOLERS INTERROGATED ON GUNS, VACCINES

    05/08/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/7/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    It all started with an unwanted knock on the door by a government worker and its being answered with a $60 million lawsuit. A New Jersey family is suing the state child-protection agency after it allegedly sent a caseworker to their home to interrogate them on everything from their sons homeschool education to questions about vaccines and guns in the house. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole of Belvidere filed a civil rights complaint in April in U.S. District Court in Trenton alleging unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion. I wont forget that morning for a long, long time, said Christopher...
  • Wisconsins Shame: Every Aspect of My Life Is in Their Hands and They Hate Me

    04/20/2015 2:01:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 310 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | David French
    They came with a battering ram. Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsins Act 10 also called the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs frantic barking. The entire house the windows and walls was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasnt dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full...
  • Justice Department Proposal Mocks Fourth Amendment

    03/25/2015 10:49:58 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/25/2015 | Crissy Brown
    The Justice Department is seeking an amendment proposal that will give the federal government express power to locate and hack into the computers of anyone suspected of criminal activity. However, many organizations, including Google and the American Civil Liberties Union, are concerned that the broad language of the proposal leaves potential for Fourth Amendment violations.Federal Prosecutors claim that this revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure has become necessary now that crime can be committed and concealed on the internet under a veil of anonymity and masked location. But in a memo responding to the concerns civil libertarians have...
  • Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

    02/05/2015 8:08:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 4 Feb 2015 at 02:36 | theregister.co.uk
    A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant but must tell the courts about it when they do. The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an illegal betting syndicate from a luxury Las Vegas villa during last year's FIFA World Cup. The duo hired the house in the grounds of Caesars Palace casino on the famous Strip, and asked for large-screen monitors, laptops,...
  • Supreme Court decides police dont need to obey the law, dont need to know what it says

    02/03/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 37 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/3/15 | Doug Book
    In December of last year, the Supreme Court continued a decades-long tradition of chipping away at 4th Amendment rights by ruling that police may violate those rights if the violation results from a reasonable mistake about the law In the case of Heien v The State of North Carolina, police sergeant Matt Darisse stopped a vehicle he considered suspicious because one of three tail lights was faulty. While writing a warning ticket, he then became suspicious of vehicle occupants and their answers to his questions. When vehicle owner Nick Heien gave Sergeant Darisse permission to search the car, the officer...
  • Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment

    01/27/2015 1:17:30 PM PST · by Yellowstone Joe · 120 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/27/14 | Tyler Durden
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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...
  • Radar technology that allows police to 'see' inside homes raises fresh concerns from judges, etc.

    01/19/2015 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2015 | David McCormack
    * At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people's homes * The technology has been available for more than two years, but only come to light during a federal appeals court hearing in Denver last month * The use of the technology adds to growing concerns about government surveillance and also raises legal and privacy issuesAt least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into peoples homes and determine if anyone is inside. Although the FBI, U.S....
  • 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 · 90 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 Officers 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 officers 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 Constitutions protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heiens 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 Sheriffs 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 ones 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 drivers license and work identification on a neck lanyard to prove his identity. But that wasnt 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
    Dont let that pre-Attorney General debacle go down the memory hole. As we count down Eric Holders greatest hits, the first image that comes to the mind of many Americans isnt 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 Constitutions 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 weeks 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 drivers consent or a judges 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 isnt the only government agency raising concerns about electronic privacy. Local police departments are coming under similar scrutinynot 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 plateeven on a four-lane highwayfrom 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 worlds highest prison population where more than 12-million arrests were made in 2012 alone, the statements 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...