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  • Rand Champions the Constitution at Utah Campaign Event

    08/29/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by z taxman · 23 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....
  • Christie, Paul and the NSA

    08/16/2015 6:24:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Debating Chris Christie is a formidable task because he's quick-witted, sharp-tongued and slightly intimidating. Those qualities helped him get the best of Rand Paul in the first Republican presidential debate. But Christie's best weapon is one that may catch up with him: He never lets the truth get in his way. Earlier this year, Paul led a successful effort to end the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' telephone records. During the debate, Christie was asked whether he stands by his assertion that Paul should be blamed if the United States suffers another terrorist attack. He does, of course:...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘He Could Have Been Shot. Over Politics’

    07/06/2015 2:09:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/6/15 | David French
    It was still dark outside when “Jonah” (not his real name) heard the pounding on his front door. As luck would have it, he was awake — or mostly awake. He’d gotten up at 4:00 a.m. on October 3, 2013, to see his parents off to the airport. They were leaving on a quick trip to raise money for the children’s charity his father runs. Jonah was 16 at the time, old enough to stay home alone for a short time, but not old enough to deal with what awaited him on the other side of the door. The pounding...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: A Victim Fights Back [John Doe persecution]

    07/01/2015 8:13:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2015 | David French
    In April, three victims of Wisconsin’s long-running “John Doe” investigations broke their silence. Former Scott Walker adviser Cindy Archer spoke to National Review on the record while two other women asked for their identities to be concealed. All three, however, told remarkably similar stories — of police raids at dawn, pounding on the door, threats of battering rams, and ransacked homes. They weren’t suspected of drug crimes, violent crimes, or other crimes recognizable to the American public. Rather, they were either close associates of Scott Walker or involved in the broader conservative movement in Wisconsin — and were caught up...
  • Former Walker aide to file civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutor (WI)

    07/01/2015 8:56:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-1-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Cindy Archer was once made to beg sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents not to shoot her dogs during an early-morning raid on her Madison home. Now the former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who has never been charged with a crime in the Democrat-launched John Doe investigation is fighting back in court. In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published Tuesday evening, Archer writes that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his agents ransacked her house and ruined her career. “After much soul-searching, I am filing a civil-rights lawsuit on Wednesday against Milwaukee County District Attorney...
  • Kelly Rindfleisch: ‘I fear I will never get justice’ (WI)

    07/01/2015 8:46:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-30-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Kelly Rindfleisch’s roller-coaster ride to justice got rougher Tuesday. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman withdrew the motion he filed late last week asking the court to reconsider its denial of Rindfleisch’s Fourth Amendment appeal. In a brief letter filed in the court Tuesday, Gableman said Rindlfleisch will nevertheless “have the benefit of review by the entire Court” because she has also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case. Sources close to the case tell Wisconsin Watchdog that Gableman was concerned he would not have the votes to win reconsideration because Justice David Prosser would...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • NSA Domestic Surveillance Program 'Likely' to Expire Tonight, Former Counterterrorism Official Says

    05/31/2015 1:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Erin Dooley and Arlette Saenz
    Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act -- the controversial law that allows the NSA to collect Americans' phone records and secretly track suspected terrorists – will likely expire tonight, a former White House counterterrorism official told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week.""What I think will likely happen tonight is the law will expire," Richard Clarke said Sunday morning. "And then later in the week, the USA Freedom Act, which is essentially the same as the PATRIOT Act with the exception of the telephony metadata program, that act will pass and most of the authorities will be restored." Though the White...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Tomorrow I Will Stop the Illegal NSA Spying.

    05/30/2015 8:19:01 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 15 replies
    TIME magazine ^ | May 30, 2015 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Sunday, I will continue my fight to end the illegal collection of American phone records. The Second Appeals court has ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records illegal. We should not be debating modifying an illegal program. We should simply end this illegal program. How will we defend ourselves if the Patriot Act expires? Well, perhaps we could just rely on the Constitution and demonstrate exactly how traditional judicial warrants can gather all the info we need—and how bulk collection really hasn’t worked. We have all the tools we need to preserve both security and liberty. What we now...
  • North Briton #45

    05/23/2015 2:25:14 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Medium ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mike Lee
    The forgotten history of the Fourth Amendment, and its relevance for reforming the Patriot Act The authorization for the Patriot Act will soon expire, and elected officials in Washington have been debating whether it should be renewed. There are those who believe this law, which was passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, should be renewed with no changes. Since the last time it was authorized, Americans have learned that certain provisions of this Act were being interpreted by the National Security Agency to give this agency authority to collect bulk metadata on the phone calls of every...
  • 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, isn’t showing any sign he’ll 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 hasn’t 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...
  • Filibuster NOW - Rand Paul

    05/20/2015 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 88 replies
    C-Span2 | today | Rand Paul
    Rand Paul is filibustering the Patriot Act right now, because it continues the unlimited NSA spying on all Americans.
  • Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s 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.”
  • The Fourth Amendment and open carry of guns (where such open carry is legal)

    05/14/2015 6:13:37 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 11 replies
    Washington Post/The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | May 13 at 2:41 PM | Eugene Volokh
    From the Sixth Circuit federal court of appeals decision today in Northrup v. Toledo Police Dept.: On a midsummer evening, Shawn and Denise Northrup went for a neighborhood walk with their daughter, grandson, and dog. Apparently in a happy-go-lucky mood, Shawn wore a t-shirt reading, “This Is The Shirt I Wear When I Don’t Care.” Shawn carried a cell phone, which he holstered on his hip — next to a black semiautomatic handgun. A passing motorcyclist stopped to complain about Shawn’s visible firearm. The stranger, Alan Rose, yelled, “[Y]ou can’t walk around with a gun like that!” But “[O]pen carry...
  • Supreme Court rules cops can’t hold suspects to wait for dog

    04/21/2015 8:46:53 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/21/2015 | Julian Hattem
    The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday that the Constitution forbids police from holding a suspect without probable cause, even for fewer than 10 extra minutes. Writing on behalf of the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared that the constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure prevent police from extending an otherwise completed traffic stop to allow for a drug-sniffing dog to arrive. “We hold that a police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter for which the stop was made violates the Constitution’s shield against unreasonable seizures,” she ruled. The case, Rodriguez v. United States, was brought...
  • High court limits drug-sniffing dog searches during traffic stops

    04/21/2015 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 57 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court told the police Tuesday they may not turn routine traffic stops into drug searches using trained dogs. The 6-3 decision ends the increasingly common practice whereby officers stop a car for a traffic violation and then call for a drug-sniffing dog to inspect the vehicle. The justices, both liberal and conservative, agreed that it was an unconstitutional "search and seizure" to hold a motorist in such cases. "Police may not prolong detention of a car and driver beyond the time reasonably required to address the traffic violation," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking for the court. [snip]...
  • Government ‘Rewrites’ Law To Access Microsoft Emails Stored Overseas

    04/09/2015 6:57:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-09 | Giuseppe Macri
    In a brief filed late Wednesday, Microsoft said the federal government’s legal argument for seizing user emails stored overseas “rewrites” an almost 30-year-old law to “reinterpret” it in a way it was never meant to be used.At the heart of the issue is a government warrant for Microsoft user emails stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland, which the government claims are relevant to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. To justify the seizure of the data outside of U.S. territory, the government is basing its argument on legislation born out of the Reagan era.“The statute in this case, the Electronics...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Rules You Have No 4th Amendment Protection Against Cops Ignorant of the Law

    12/30/2014 3:52:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 107 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | December 30, 2014 | Rutherford Institute
    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. The Rutherford Institute 4th amendment gone 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...
  • Supreme Court Sides With Police In 4th Amendment Case Arising from Officer’s ‘Mistake of Law’

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

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • Kadner: A British policeman learns much about policing in America (Barf alert)

    10/30/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Southtown/Star Chicago ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Phil Kadner
    Kadner: A British policeman learns much about policing in America By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com October 29, 2014 6:30PM Sergeant Gary Watters, a 14 year veteran of the Greater Manchester Police department, works on the computer at the Park Forest Police Department. Officer Watters is working with the Park Forest Police Department as part of a work exchange program at the Park Forest Police Department Much of my time with Gary Watters, a sergeant in the United Kingdom’s Greater Manchester Police Department, was spent talking about guns — or the lack of them. I just couldn’t understand how police officers in...
  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Speculation Abounds That Ebola Will Be Used As Excuse To Implement Martial Law

    10/15/2014 9:41:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 94 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Christopher Agee
    Speculation Abounds That Ebola Will Be Used As Excuse To Implement Martial Law Christopher Agee — October 14, 2014 "...what could be more economically devastating than..." Renowned black conservative writer Mychal Massie shared a unique – if disturbing – view regarding the ultimate result of the current Ebola scare. While the disease is currently contained within the U.S., he noted that it is not the only potential outbreak facing the nation and that the current administration is doing little to reduce the threat. “We are being placed in eminent peril by disease-carrying illegal aliens flooding our shores,” he wrote in...
  • Lawful open carry and the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments

    10/07/2014 2:31:52 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 7, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    From Northrup v. City of Toledo Police Div., 2014 WL 4925052 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 30, 2014): On the evening of June 16, 2010, Northrup was walking down a street in his neighborhood, with his wife, daughter, grandson, and their Yorkshire terrier, and a handgun holstered on his right hip, when Alan Rose drove by on a motorcycle. Northrup and Rose did not know each other, but Rose stopped his motorcycle and began telling Northrup that he could not walk around in public while openly carrying a handgun. Northrup and his wife told Rose that open carry of a firearm is...
  • Third Circuit gives narrow reading to exclusionary rule

    10/02/2014 2:37:59 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 2, 2014 | Orin Kerr
    I’ve blogged a few times about the Third Circuit’s litigation in United States v. Katzin, a case on the Fourth Amendment implications of installing a GPS device. Initially, a panel of the court held that installing a GPS device on a car requires a warrant and that the exclusionary rule applied because there was no binding precedent allowing the government to install the device. Next, DOJ moved for en banc rehearing of just the exclusionary rule holding, which the Third Circuit granted. That brings us to the new development: On Wednesday, the en banc Third Circuit ruled that the exclusionary...
  • Census Taker Visit: My Blood is Boiling

    09/03/2014 6:05:13 PM PDT · by ROCKLOBSTER · 192 replies
    Self | 09/03/4 | ROCKLOBSTER
    It was just about dark, I was at the kitchen table when the dog barked, headlights were coming up my driveway. I went outside to see who it was...he was a stranger. He announced that he was from the Census Bureau and wondered if this was a good time for a 40 minute interview. He proceeded to tell me all about the Census, how it established demographical statistics and how I was required by law to answer the questions. I told him two people live here and we are American Citizens, and that I would tell him nothing more. He...
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

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

    07/29/2014 2:12:30 PM PDT · by Plummz · 12 replies
    Office of Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | July 29, 2014 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz
    Bi-partisan legislation protects privacy rights while targeting terrorists July 29, 2014 | (202) 228-7561 WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 filed today. Senator Cruz is an original co-sponsor of this bill: “Republicans and Democrats are showing America that the government can respect the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens, while at the same time, giving law enforcement the tools needed to target terrorists,” said Sen. Cruz. “The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 ends the government’s bulk record collection program and implements other necessary surveillance reforms. Importantly, it...
  • 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 Journalism.com ^ | 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>