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  • Riley won, but will Riley benefit from it?

    07/02/2014 9:06:14 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | July 2, 2014 | Orin Kerr
    One last dip into a big Pew survey we've been discussing about on the politics and policy views of Americans. Pew surveyed more than 10,000 adults earlier this year on topics ranging from their views of Hillary Rodham Clinton to taking the bus, and the report divides their responses along a set of political typologies that group respondents into generally coherent categories across the range of policy issues: i.e., the "business conservative," the "solid liberal," the young "next generation left." Across that spectrum, there is not surprisingly wide disagreement on racial progress in America and the steps government still must...
  • US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

    06/12/2014 9:58:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | 6- 12- 2014 | Jack Gillum and Eileen Sullivan
    US pushing local police departments to keep quiet on cell-phone surveillance technology. ... One well-known type of this surveillance equipment is known as a Stingray, an innovative way for law enforcement to track cellphones used by suspects and gather evidence. The equipment tricks cellphones into identifying some of their owners' account information, like a unique subscriber number, and transmitting data to police as if it were a phone company's tower. That allows police to obtain cellphone information without having to ask for help from service providers, such as Verizon or AT&T, and can locate a phone without the user even...
  • Insert ‘most transparent administration in history’ comment here

    06/12/2014 5:08:49 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Fresh off the brazen move by U.S. Marshals to sweep up and hide a local police department’s use of “Stingray” technology to vacuum up cellphone data, the AP now reports that it was apparently a matter of policy. The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • DEA raids woman`s Shorewood home after she shops at garden center, (Illinois)

    04/13/2014 8:56:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 135 replies
    DEA raids woman`s Shorewood home after she shops at garden center Posted: Apr 12, 2014 CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A woman in the southwest suburbs says she woke up to find armed DEA agents pointing guns at her -- all because she shopped at a hydroponic garden center. Angela Kirkling was driven out of her bed in Shorewood at gunpoint. The DEA had started investigating her because she had made a purchase at a hydroponics shop. Agents say they thought she was growing pot indoors. Police had also been digging through her garbage and tracking her electrical bill.
  • Texas Court Rules That Police May Introduce Illegally-Gathered Evidence At Trial

    03/23/2014 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Altariel · 48 replies
    Western ^ | March 19, 2014 | Doug Book
    Texas prosecutors are applauding a decision by the State Court of Criminal Appeals that 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...
  • Scalia: NSA spying debate may reach Supreme Court

    03/22/2014 1:35:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia responded to student questions with a cryptic answer with possible implications about the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs on Friday night. During a Q & A session curated by Brooklyn Law School’s Judge Andrew Napolitano, who began a discussion about the NSA’s controversial surveillance of Americans, Just Scalia said the issue would likely come before the high court, Business Insider reported.
  • CTA: City Threatens Tactical Store with Jail Time for AR-15 Sign

    02/24/2014 4:58:11 PM PST · by SolidRedState · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/23/2014 | Nutnfancy
    "Take down the sign or go to jail. We do not approve of guns...or you." This is the unmistakable messages sent by progressives when they take over a city's government and freedom pays the price. Ares Armor is a small tactical store operating one of their stores in National City, CA, a suburb of San Diego. Nevermind that CEO Dimitri and his staff at Ares Armor are in complete compliance with all laws and ordinances. That does not matter. That's because guns are at the heart of this debate. The City Council has taken offense to their presence there and...
  • 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...
  • Does Exercising the Second Amendment Invalidate the Fourth Amendment?

    12/27/2013 8:57:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Rutherford Institute is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear the case of Quinn v. State of Texas, a case where the lower courts have held that the exercise of the second amendment is cause to invalidate the protection of the fourth amendment.   From the Rutherford Institute:  WASHINGTON, DC — Warning against encroachments on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a Texas man whose home was subject to a no-knock, SWAT-team style forceful entry and raid based solely on the suspicion that there were...
  • '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...
  • Larry Klayman in huge CNN smackdown

    12/18/2013 3:19:46 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/18/13 | TAL KOPAN
    Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman got into an argument on CNN with host Don Lemon and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin when he was brought on to discuss his victory this week in a lawsuit challenging NSA surveillance, resulting in Lemon cutting him off the screen and Klayman comparing Lemon to disgraced former MSNBC host Martin Bashir. Klayman’s appearance Tuesday night on CNN was preceded by a profile of him that included a quotation from a former George W. Bush staffer saying his lawsuits were about “fighting for himself and his own, in my opinion, delusions of grandeur.” When Klayman was...
  • 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,...
  • (New Mexico) State officer in minivan shooting is fired

    12/07/2013 10:15:41 AM PST · by fifedom · 59 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | Dec 7, 2013 | Uriel J. Garcia
    An officer who shot at a minivan full of children following a traffic stop near Taos has been fired, a New Mexico State Police spokesman said Friday. The Oct. 28 incident, in which the officer fired a handgun toward the fleeing vehicle, gathered national attention after a video from a dashboard camera was released.
  • 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.
  • 4 On Your Side investigates traffic stop nightmare

    11/06/2013 7:28:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    4 On Your Side ^ | 11-5-2013 | Chris Ramirez
    4 On Your Side investigates traffic stop nightmare (Caution - Story about anal search) Updated: 11/05/2013 5:27 PM By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4 This 4 On Your Side investigation looks into the actions of police officers and doctors in Southern New Mexico. A review of medical records, police reports and a federal lawsuit show deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, police officers with the City of Deming and medical professionals at the Gila Regional Medical Center made some questionable decisions. The incident began January 2, 2013 after David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According...
  • White House Will Stop Spying on Allies, Feinstein Says

    10/28/2013 4:25:23 PM PDT · by abb · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2013 | Siobhan Gorman
    <p>The White House will halt surveillance of U.S. allies, according to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reflecting a major shift in policy.</p> <p>The move comes in the wake of revelations that the U.S. has been spying on world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and appears to include any surveillance of allied foreign leaders.</p>
  • First and Fourth Amendments Under Fire; War Against Journalists

    10/28/2013 9:20:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 28, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The way to stop media reporting of NSA is simple: Shut down the agency entirely. It is too big, too bloated, and too useless. It spies on friends and foes alike. And when you tap the phones of 35 heads of state, including Angela Merkel, it's pretty damn had to make the case this that spying is about terrorism. Please consider the Guardian article NSA Chief Says Government Must Stop Media Reporting by Glenn Greenwald. The most under-discussed aspect of the NSA story has long been its international scope. That all changed this week as both Germany and France exploded...
  • 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...
  • Restore The Fourth

    10/24/2013 5:51:40 PM PDT · by usconservative · 8 replies
    Self | 10/24/2013 | USConservative
    This evening as I departed Downtown Chicago to catch my train home to the far, far, far Southwest Suburbs I came across a group of folks holding signs that read "1789 Not 1984!" as I approached Union Station. Knowing what it meant, I yelled out "LOVE YOUR SIGN!!" A few of the folks holding those signs approached me to chat and asked "you know what it means?" I said "hell yes, fourth amendment!" That was met with a few smiles and exchanges of cards. I had no idea this group even existed until today but have to say, I'm thrilled...
  • Who Will Protect You from the Police? The Rise of Government-Sanctioned Home Invasions

    10/24/2013 11:32:32 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 57 replies
    The Times Weekly.Com ^ | October 23, 2013 | John W. Whitehead
    Before I go any further, let me start by saying this: the problem is not that all police are bad. The problem, is that increasing numbers of police officers are badly trained, illiterate when it comes to the Constitution, especially the Fourth Amendment, and, in some cases, willfully ignorant about the fact that they are supposed to be peacekeepers working for us, the taxpayer. Unfortunately, with every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals....
  • Court: Warrant needed for GPS tracking

    10/22/2013 1:24:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police need a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS device to a suspect's car. The Supreme Court ruled last year that attaching a GPS device to a car qualifies as a "search" under the Fourth Amendment, but the justices stopped short of declaring that police need a warrant. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held Tuesday in a two-to-one decision that attaching a GPS device to a car without a warrant is an "unreasonable search," and therefore unconstitutional. The decision involved a man, Harry Katzin, who was under suspicion of...
  • 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...
  • NAPOLITANO: Finding a crime for every man (on NSA spying)

    10/02/2013 4:33:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 2, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    While the nation’s political class has been fixated on the government shutdown in Washington this week, the National Security Agency (NSA) has continued to spy on all Americans and, by its ambiguity and shrewd silence, seems to be acknowledging slowly that the scope of its spying is truly breathtaking. The Obama administration is of the view that the NSA can spy on anyone, anywhere. The president thinks that federal statutes enable the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to authorize the NSA to capture any information it desires about any persons without identifying the persons and without a showing...
  • A Snowden Job For The Ages

    08/14/2013 9:37:45 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 42 replies
    08/15/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Our dog eating Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, had this to say about the "phony" NSA spying scandal during his August 9th "press" conference: *** "As I said at the National Defense University back in May, in meeting those threats we have to strike the right balance between protecting our security and preserving our freedoms." *** Ladies and gentlemen, the above quote needs to be immortalized in some way. Perhaps it should be carved into the base of the Statue of Liberty or onto the side of a mountain. Maybe children should be forced to memorize it in their...
  • How Government Violates the Fourth Amendment Rights of Renters (Rochester, NY)

    08/14/2013 8:30:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | August 14, 2013 | Dan Wang
    In Rochester, New York, renting rather than buying a home is enough cause for a search warrant. Florine and Walter Nelson are grandparents who have lived in Rochester for over 30 years. For nearly a third of that time, they have resisted the efforts of city officials to inspect their home on the basis that they are renters rather than buyers. Since 2005, the city has steadily escalated its efforts to enter their house, by charging them with contempt and attempting to use “administrative” search warrants to conduct suspicionless searches.The Nelsons and other renters claim that the city is violating...
  • Proposed new federal rule could put 'big brother' in your driver's seat

    08/12/2013 6:34:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12, 2013 | Doug McKelway
    Video at source. A proposed federal rule that would require black boxes or event data recorders (EDRs) in every U.S. automobile may mean “Big Brother” could be in your passenger seat for every drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule requires all light passenger vehicles be equipped with an EDR by Sep.1, 2014. Ninety-six percent of new cars already have them - measuring such inputs as speed, lateral acceleration, pedal effort, seat belt use, wheel spin, steering wheel turn and direction. Black box data retrieved from U.S. car accidents in a single day would provide more information than a...
  • DHS Extinguishes 197 Million People’s 4th Amendment Rights In Constitution Free Zones

    08/07/2013 6:59:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | August 6, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Constitution Free Zones are what The Department of Homeland Security has established. The federal agency isn’t really securing the borders, but they are extinguishing the Fourth Amendment rights of nearly 197 million American citizens within 100 miles of the border….and the ocean.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Before I begin, isn’t this really what “Freedom of the Press” is supposed to be about? Doesn’t it exist to keep elected officials and things they do in check and expose corruption and lawlessness? Yeah, I thought so too, but we aren’t hearing this on the evening news, are we? Anthony Gucciardi reports on these “Constitution Free Zones”...
  • ‘1984 Day’: Restore the Fourth movement kickstarts nationwide anti-surveillance protest

    08/05/2013 1:02:45 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    RT ^ | 08/05/2013 | RT
    A grassroots movement of Fourth Amendment activists is rallying across at least 20 US cities to protest illegal surveillance techniques by the American government. The protests “1984 Day,” named for George Orwell’s classic novel about an ultramodern surveillance state, have taken place across the nations, most notably in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. The rallies have been organized by a number of social media initiatives by a grassroots organization called Restore the Fourth that demands an end to “unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications.” "By rallying this Sunday, we are sending a very loud message to our...
  • Defending American Principles Is Now a Revolutionary Act

    07/22/2013 4:21:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 22, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    The liberal elite is still in shock that six Americans resisted the relentless pressure of its hack politicians, slavering mainstream media mediocrities and progressive hustlers in order to acquit George Zimmerman. Consciously or not, the jurors’ verdict was an act of rebellion against the progressives who wants to jettison our most sacred principles. The case was a joke, but you wouldn’t know that if you only listened to the mainstream media. The media’s rank speculation, mischaracterization of the evidence and outright lies were designed to replace the strict adherence to law and the rules of evidence that for a thousand...
  • NSA head: Surveillance helped thwart more than 50 terror plots

    06/18/2013 7:15:31 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Sean Sullivan
    Intelligence officials said Tuesday that the government’s sweeping surveillance efforts have helped thwart “potential terrorist events” more than 50 times since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the officials detailed two new examples to illustrate the utility of the programs. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, officials cited a nascent plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and a case involving an individual providing financial support to an overseas terrorist group.
  • Liberals and Conservatives, Unite!

    06/17/2013 7:32:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 17, 2013 | Matt Barber
    More often than not, when someone says, “I hate to say I told you so,” they love to say they told you so. Prepare to have a bucket of gloat dumped on your head. Still, there are those rare occasions when people both say it and mean it. A few possible examples come to mind: Aboard the Titanic. At the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Standing before the pearly gates (after your stupid bomb squad partner goes ahead and cuts the blue wire). And right now. Liberals, we conservatives hate to say we told you so. But we told you...
  • Rand Sullies Fourth: Paul's bill is just plain wrong

    06/16/2013 7:26:14 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 22 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 16, 2013 | Daniel Clark
    Rand Sullies Fourth: Paul’s bill is just plain wrong by Daniel Clark Last August, a well-meaning but misguided Spanish artist named Celia Gimenez took it upon herself to restore a mural of Jesus in her church. The tragic result was a figure that more closely resembled Ohio State University mascot Brutus the Buckeye. Keep that in mind when you read Kentucky senator Rand Paul’s “Fourth Amendment Restoration Act.” The first-term libertarian Republican’s bill, a draft of which is posted on his dot-gov website, rails against federal surveillance efforts by distorting the Fourth Amendment into something the men who wrote and...
  • Facebook, Microsoft release information on government data requests

    06/15/2013 5:13:21 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 27 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | June 13,2013
    Ted Ullyot, Facebook's general counsel, said in a statement Friday that Facebook is only allowed to talk about total numbers and must give no specifics. But he said the permission it has received is still unprecedented, and the company was lobbying to reveal more. "These requests run the gamut – from things like a local sheriff trying to find a missing child, to a federal marshal tracking a fugitive, to a police department investigating an assault, to a national security official investigating a terrorist threat," Ullyot said.
  • The Demonization Machine Cranks Up Against Edward Snowden

    06/11/2013 10:56:13 AM PDT · by oblomov · 89 replies
    Reason ^ | 11 Jun 2013 | Matt Welch
    It's always instructive to see who quickly takes the government's side in a dispute with a whistleblower, and what kind of argumentation they deploy. David Brooks was certainly a predictable candidate. Here's a sampling of a few others: Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico, former White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, former political editor of U.S. News & World Report: Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?the military training...
  • Arlington Heights, IL man, police in dispute over confiscating his guns

    06/11/2013 8:29:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    Daily ^ | Jun 9, 2013 | Melissa Silverberg
    6/9/2013 Arlington Heights man, police in dispute over confiscating his guns By Melissa Silverberg Arthur Lovi sat down with a therapist one day last August to talk about some things that were bothering him. He had high blood pressure, and his physician suggested he talk to someone. He already spoke to a VA psychiatrist once a month — he has persistent memories from his days as an Air Force crash rescue helicopter pilot in the 1960s — but he agreed. He'd been through a lot lately and figured it couldn't hurt to get some of it out. "I felt like...
  • Dem Senator: ‘Clearly the Administration Has Not Followed the Law’

    06/07/2013 7:46:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 7, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Privacy stalwarts peel away from White House on the left while on the right Rand Paul sees his signature issue ascend. As this week drew to a close, the scandal trifecta of Benghazi, IRS targeting and snooping on journalists seemed so five days ago. The late-week revelation that the National Security Agency accessed the Verizon phone records of millions of Americans snowballed within a day as more phone companies were included and operation PRISM, which involved agreements with nine Internet companies to monitor email and web activity, put the Obama administration on the defense. The main White House defense is...
  • Rand Paul to Introduce Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013

    06/07/2013 6:57:21 AM PDT · by Qbert · 34 replies
    Reason ^ | Jun. 6, 2013 | Mike Riggs
    In the wake of reports that the NSA has collected millions of phone records from Verizon customers, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced today that he will introduce the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013 tomorrow, Friday, June 7. Here's the release from Paul's office:  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today announced he will introduce the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013, which ensures the Constitutional protections of the Fourth Amendment are not violated by any government entity. “The revelation that the NSA has secretly seized the call records of millions of Americans, without probable cause, represents an outrageous abuse of...
  • 11-Yr-Old Suspended From School For Merely TALKING About Guns (Calvert County, Md)

    06/04/2013 9:09:52 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 113 replies
    WMAL ^ | JUNE 03, 2013 | WMAL
    "The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff's deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. "He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the deputy said] he's going to have to search my house. Search my house? I just wanted to know what happened."
  • Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories

    05/22/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 21, 2013 | James Fallows
    Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories James Fallows May 21 2013 "My dad fought a war so this can never happen in America. I will not dishonor my father's memory by giving up what he fought for. No, sir. With all due respect, I will not consent to a search without a proper warrant." Over the weekend I related the story of Gabriel Silverstein, a businessman and pilot who for no apparent reason was subjected to a two-hour detention and invasive search by Homeland Security officials as he traveled across the country in his small plane. The picture...
  • They Are Coming for Your Guns!

    04/20/2013 11:53:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Gather ^ | April 20, 2013 | Lora Covrett
    Sounds like right-wing, anti-Obama rhetoric, doesn't it? In California, it is dangerously close to true. Thursday, the state legislature approved $24 million to expedite gun confiscation. They are coming for your guns! And if they show up at your door in California, without a search warrant, you still don't have much of a choice but to hand over the weapon. Does this sound like a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution? This is a very slippery slope. The text of the Fourth Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,...
  • Supreme Court limits warrantless blood tests for drunken driving suspects

    04/18/2013 1:31:41 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 30 replies
    THe Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2013 | Robert Barnes
    Police officers generally must try to get a warrant before forcing uncooperative drunken-driving suspects to submit to a blood test, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The natural dissipation of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream does not justify an exception to the general constitutional requirements of a warrant, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the majority. She said such emergencies must be determined by the circumstances in a case-by-case examination and rejected the notion that officers face a “now or never” situation in obtaining blood alcohol tests. “In those drunk-driving investigations where police officers can reasonably obtain a warrant before a blood...
  • Big Brother Is Watching You

    05/25/2011 8:43:55 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 20 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 05/25/2011 | A. Barton Hinkle
    In 1991, George Holliday filmed the LAPD’s arrest and beating of Rodney King. The videotape provoked national controversy. If a similar incident happened today, it might provoke something else: the arrest of George Holliday. Cell phones and cameras with video-recording capability have become ubiquitous. This has led to an increase in the filming of police officers, which has led to a backlash: Cops have begun arresting those who film them, on charges such as interfering with an investigation—even when the filmer is not interfering and the officer is not investigating. In one now-famous example, motorcyclist Anthony Graber’s helmet cam was...
  • (FBI)Tracking Device Teardown

    05/09/2011 4:24:38 PM PDT · by Smogger · 24 replies
    iFixit ^ | 5/9/2011 | iFixit staff
    We partnered with Wired to bring you a peek inside an FBI car-tracking device. The device is similar to the one Yasir Afifi found underneath his car. If you're curious where this one came from, Wired has posted a writeup about Karen Thomas, the woman who found this tracker under her car. They've also posted a video of Kyle doing the teardown. The device comprises of a GPS unit for receiving the car's position, an RF transmitter for relaying your location to the interested authority (aka the FBI), and a set of sweet D-cell batteries that power the whole enchilada....
  • Cruz: Obama’s View of Federal Power ‘Knows Virtually No Bounds’ (Wants Power to Choose Pastors?)

    04/13/2013 7:09:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 04/13/2013 | By Elizabeth Harrington
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a report documenting attempted abuses of federal power by the Obama administration on Tuesday, saying the administration “knows virtually no bounds.” Cruz points to Obama’s own Supreme Court appointees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, to make his case: "When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting the Administration’s call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds,” the senator’s report said. The Obama administration’s over-reaching includes attempts to electronically track Americans...
  • Oregon: "GPS And Taxes..."

    11/13/2008 6:31:24 AM PST · by chrislind2 · 22 replies · 1,248+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | Jul 18, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford
    GPS And Taxes: An Intrusive Combination The Washington Dispatch ^ | July 18, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford Posted on Friday, July 18, 2003 7:07:28 AM by Cathryn Crawford GPS And Taxes: An Intrusive Combination by Cathryn Crawford Jul 18, 2003 Some things just aren’t that shocking anymore. Oregon, the state known for its law that fines you for speaking out against a public worker or a state official, has a new socialistic program in mind. It’s a dream come true for the government, both state and federal, in that it not only promotes the idea of Big Brother, but it...
  • N.C. looks at taxing drivers by the mile [using GPS!]

    12/15/2008 2:26:11 PM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 57 replies · 1,490+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | December 15, 2008 | Steve Harrison
    Idea for road-use tax is expected to hinge on odometer readings, then GPS tracking, to replace revenue lost to fuel efficiency. With gas-tax revenues plummeting, the state of North Carolina is looking seriously at taxing motorists for how far they drive. If the “road-use tax” is implemented, it would at first be simple – with the state checking your odometer annually and taxing you based on how many miles you have driven. But transportation experts say new GPS technology could allow the state to charge people different rates based on when and where they drive, in an attempt to manage...
  • Nanny State alert: Meet the mileage police

    12/16/2008 5:06:20 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 31 replies · 1,110+ views
    michellemalkin ^ | 12/16/08 | michellemalkin
    First, they hand us our Obama-approved tire gauges. Next, they police our odometers. Fresh from North Carolina, here’s the latest Nanny State proposal: Monitoring our odometers and taxing us accordingly. With gas-tax revenues plummeting, the state of North Carolina is looking seriously at taxing motorists for how far they drive. If the “road-use tax” is implemented, it would at first be simple – with the state checking your odometer annually and taxing you based on how many miles you have driven. But transportation experts say new GPS technology could allow the state to