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  • Former Director admits TSA is violating the Fourth Amendment; Woman groped by TSA screener

    11/18/2010 7:38:36 PM PST · by freedomfox · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11-18-2010 | Kevin Pezzi
    Mo McGowan, a former Assistant TSA Administrator and Director of Security Operations, admitted the TSA is violating the 4th Amendment. On Fox News, he said, “Nobody likes having their 4th Amendment violated going through a security line, but the truth of the matter is, uh, we're gonna have to do it.”
  • Small Manhood Jokes Lead to Miami TSA Officer's Arrest (Flashback!)

    11/18/2010 7:52:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    A Miami Transportation Security Administration screener was arrested this week after allegedly using an expandable police baton to beat up a co-worker in an airport parking lot. The TSA considers what to do about airport security.The reason for the assault: police said the victim and other TSA employees had been making fun of the size of the screener's genitals.
  • Woman who videotaped officer found guilty of resisting arrest (Police State alert)

    09/07/2010 11:06:10 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Salisbury Post ^ | September 7, 2010 | Shavonne Potts
    A Salisbury woman who was arrested in November 2009 after she refused a police officer’s order to go into her house while he was making a traffic stop nearby was found guilty Friday of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. She had been videotaping the traffic stop. Rowan County District Court Judge Beth Dixon found Felicia Laverne Gibson, 29, guilty and sentenced her to six months of probation and community service work. Gibson, through her attorney Jacob Sussman, of Charlotte, gave notice of appeal. Dixon found Gibson had interfered with the officer’s ability to do his job as he dealt...
  • Sheriff's deputies' disdain for Constitution captured by their own recorded comments

    07/25/2010 1:50:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 57 replies · 4+ views
    CCNA ^ | 20 July 2010 | DANIEL BLACKBURN
    When San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Murphy responded to a “shots fired” call in April 2008, he decided en route that he was going to make an arrest.      He did far more than that. Murphy and other deputies made an unwarranted entry into a home, and then into a locked gun safe.  Murphy's uncensored, darkly disturbing observations and behavior following his Code-3 arrival at the rural home of longtime SLO County resident Matt Hart were picked up by Murphy's and other deputies’ own recorders. Those recordings provide a rare, frighteningly revealing, behind-the-scenes perspective of how one local...
  • Study Finds "Policing for Profit" a National Problem

    04/15/2010 12:56:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,082+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Tanya Eiserer
    So how easy is it for police to take your stuff? Well, according to a new study by the libertarian-leaning Institute for Justice, it looks to be about as simple as taking candy from a baby. The study details how police and prosecutors can take private property without even charging the owners with a crime. Often, law enforcement uses the profits from selling the property to fund their own budgets. According to the study, called "Policing for Profit," many state and federal civil asset forfeiture laws allow law enforcement entities to take property related to suspected criminal activity. The owners...
  • Stabbing Case Brings Broader Argument to Light (Fourth Amendment)

    03/14/2010 1:19:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 643+ views
    The Daily Sound ^ | March 12, 2010 | COLBY FRAZIER
    When Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies kicked down Juan Elijio Magallon’s door on the morning of May 23, 2009, the authorities lacked a search warrant, didn’t have probable cause and were in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Superior Court Judge Rick Brown ruled last week. By making this finding, Brown unleashed a much larger question that was grappled with yesterday in court: if the police illegally kick down a person’s door, what bits of information gathered as a result should be allowed to stand? The case has shed light on the breadth, or lack thereof, of...
  • Obama's Fourth Amendment--Confiscation Smonfiscation

    03/02/2010 8:56:48 PM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 9 replies · 392+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 3/2/10 | Nancy Tengler
    Here's what I want to know. It's simple really. I would like someone who voted for Barack Obama to explain how his policies jive with the Constitution. Particularly I need to understand how the proposed health care bill and the corresponding taxes imposed on citizen's (well some of us anyway) don't infringe on my fourth amendment rights. For those of you who haven't read the Constitution (and I would venture that is most of Obama's supporters) the fourth amendment reads as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches...
  • Carry, Opened - Fourth Amendment victory

    01/18/2010 2:09:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,926+ views
    Reason ^ | January 2010 | Brian Doherty
    In June 2008, off-duty Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew St. John was searched and detained for carrying a holstered gun in a movie theater in Alamogordo, New Mexico. But open carry is legal in New Mexico, so St. John sued the city, arguing that it had violated his Fourth Amendment rights. A federal court agreed, and in September 2009 the City of Alamogordo paid him $21,000 in damages and legal fees. The officers who detained St. John claimed they were acting in their legitimate role as “community caretakers” when they grabbed him by both arms and physically removed him from...

    01/12/2010 6:50:56 PM PST · by JLWORK · 29 replies · 1,615+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog ^ | January 3, 2010 | John L. Work
    I spent twenty-two years serving in the Colorado criminal justice arena. I worked as a municipal police patrolman, a police detective, a patrol sergeant, and as a uniformed county sheriff’s deputy and detective. Following twenty years as a cop, I also spent two years on the other side of the Courtroom as an Investigator for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. So, I saw crime and punishment from both sides of the Courtroom. I spent my share of time at crime scenes gathering facts and evidence, then in Courts of Law, presenting the evidence and testifying under oath in trials....
  • Courts to Hear Appeal of Christians Who Want to Exclude Gays In Their Religious Student Group

    12/07/2009 11:07:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,126+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/7/2009 | David G. Savage
    Washington - The Supreme Court agreed today to hear an appeal from a Christian student group in San Francisco which refused to admit gays and lesbians and decide whether the group's right to religious liberty and freedom of association can trump a university's ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case, to be heard next year, could set new rules for campus groups across the nation. The University of California's Hastings College of Law says its officially recognized student groups must be open to all of its students. The law school also has a general non-discrimination policy which applies...
  • Alaska-carry legislation, be careful what you wish for

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

    09/11/2009 1:22:31 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 46 replies · 2,625+ views
    Examiner ^ | September 11, 2009 | John Pierce
    But can law enforcement themselves be entrapped? That seems to be the extraordinary claim of the Racine, Wisconsin police department in the case of an open carrier who was arrested for obstructing justice after he apparently refused to identify himself when officers began questioning him for open carrying on the porch of his own home. The facts are still emerging, but reports seem to agree that officers were in the neighborhood where Frank Rock lives on Wednesday night investigating the shooting of one or more raccoons. While in the neighborhood, officers noticed that Rock, sitting peacefully on his front porch,...
  • DOT Removes Cash for Clunkers Disclaimer

    08/08/2009 8:20:29 AM PDT · by Crush · 16 replies · 1,877+ views
    International Analyst Network ^ | 7 Aug 2009 | Chris Carter
    The Federal government's “Cash-for-clunkers” program provides assistance to consumers wishing to trade in their older vehicle for a newer, more fuel-efficient vehicle. But the program's website contained language in a security warning that stated by agreeing to the terms, the user's computer and all of its files would become government property. Last Friday, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck brought attention to the disclaimer on the dealer support page, which originally stated: “When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government. Any or all uses of...
  • Supreme Court rules school's strip search of teen Savana Redding unconstitutional

    06/27/2009 9:37:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,491+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 25th 2009 | James Gordon Meek
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a strip search of a 13-year-old schoolgirl by administrators looking for banned medication was unconstitutional.The high court held in the 8 to 1 opinion that a male assistant school principal in Arizona and a female nurse violated student Savanna Redding's rights when they ordered her to partially undress in a fruitless search for a tiny amount of Ibuprofen pain relief pills.Only Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in the "regrettable decision" by the majority, reveling in the details of the teen drama.The conservative justice even questioned whether Redding was really strip-searched - arguing that...
  • Court says strip search of Ariz. teenager illegal

    06/25/2009 8:44:32 AM PDT · by steve-b · 16 replies · 1,019+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/09 | Jesse J. Holland
    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding in the rural eastern Arizona town of Safford. Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when officials at Safford Middle School ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear because they were looking for pills - the equivalent of two Advils. The district bans prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the school was acting on a tip from...
  • Step Away From the Vehicle - The Supreme Court imposes long-overdue limits on car searches.

    04/29/2009 8:05:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,805+ views
    Reason ^ | April 29, 2009 | Jacob Sullum
    In August 1999 police saw Rodney Gant pull into the driveway of his Tucson home and arrested him for driving with a suspended license. After handcuffing Gant and locking him in a cruiser, Officer Todd Griffith searched his car, finding a bag of cocaine in the pocket of a jacket on the backseat. When he was asked at an evidentiary hearing why he searched the car, Griffith replied, "Because the law says we can do it."Not anymore. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court said police may no longer routinely search the vehicles of recently arrested people. It was a refreshing...
  • Supreme Court Limits Search-Incident-to-Arrest Exception.

    04/21/2009 9:14:39 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 83 replies · 6,773+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 04-21-2009 | Orin Kerr
    The Supreme Court handed down Arizona v. Gant this morning, imposing a new limitation on the search incident to arrest power when the police want to search an automobile. Under New York v. Belton, the rule has been that the police can search the passenger area of a car when they arrest an occupant or recent occupant of the vehicle. Today, in a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court added a new limitation: The police can search a car following arrest only if they could have a reasonable belief 1) that the person arrested "could have accessed his car at...
  • Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

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

    01/20/2009 6:21:40 PM PST · by SecAmndmt · 23 replies · 929+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 14, 2009 | Daniel Nasaw
    The United States Supreme Court today ruled that jurors may hear evidence discovered in a search based on faulty information in a police computer database. The court ruled that the US constitution's protections against unreasonable search and seizure do not exclude evidence gained through "isolated negligence" where there is no evidence of police wrongdoing.
  • Laptop searches at border might get restricted

    12/08/2008 11:22:09 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 594+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 08, 2008 | Joelle Tessler
    Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage. Border agents have scrutinized family pictures on Shommo's digital camera, examined Koranic verses and other audio files on his iPod and even looked up Google keyword searches he had typed into his company laptop. "They literally searched everywhere and every device they could," said Shommo, who now minimizes what he takes on international trips and...
  • [California] Cops can use evidence from illegal car stop, state high court says

    11/24/2008 6:32:06 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 60 replies · 1,433+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 24, 2008 | Bob Egelko
    (11-24) 16:23 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Police who stop a car without a legal reason may be allowed to use evidence they find in the vehicle against the driver or a passenger, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court unanimously reinstated the drug conviction and four-year prison sentence of a Northern California man whose previous appeal in the case led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on passengers' rights. The case dates from Nov. 27, 2001, when a Sutter County sheriff's deputy stopped a car in Yuba City just after midnight. The car's registration had expired, but the owner...
  • Dog's bad nose prompts judge to toss drug case

    11/19/2008 5:27:12 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 20 replies · 595+ views
    Dog's bad nose prompts judge to toss drug case By Todd Ruger Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 1:32 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 1:35 p.m. MANATEE COUNTY — Another circuit judge threw out evidence in a drug possession case, ruling that a narcotics-sniffing dog’s nose was not reliable enough to justify searching a vehicle. Matthew McNeal is the second Manatee County defendant to escape drug possession charges this year because Talon, a now-retired K-9 from the Palmetto Police Department, alerted to the odor of drugs in a car and officers used that to search it. Defense...
  • State police seize about 115 pounds of marijuana

    10/24/2008 10:35:54 AM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies · 929+ views
    Oregonian ^ | Oct. 23, 2008 | Oregonian
    A Pasco, Wash., man was arrested this morning by Oregon State Police after about 115 pounds of marijuana was found in a van he was driving north on Interstate 5. Lt. Brian Powers said Jesus Lopez-Ramos, 53, was the only occupant in the van, which was stopped about 8 a.m. south of Ashland for a traffic violation. There was a marijuana odor in the van. Lopez-Ramos is being held in Jackson County Jail on suspicion of possession, distribution and manufacturing of marijuana. State police valued the marijuana at about $345,000.
  • N.O. drug raid ends in lawsuit

    09/30/2008 5:26:43 PM PDT · by bamahead · 11 replies · 809+ views
    N.O. Times-Picayune ^ | September 29, 2008 | Andrew Vanacore
    All officers involved were fired or quit The raid on Russell's Tire Shop had the look of a successful garden-variety drug bust. Acting on an informant's tip, police stormed the building on North Galvez Street and hauled out three suspects, a bag of heroin, a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash. Police say they found the evidence in plain sight. But 11 months after the August 2002 bust, prosecutors dropped the charges. And this June, attorneys for the city offered the men accused of dealing the drugs $85,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged the four...
  • Secret sex tape can’t be used, court says

    09/14/2008 10:49:56 PM PDT · by dbehsman · 14 replies · 1,210+ views
    JS ONLINE ^ | 9-11-08 | MARIE ROHDE
    Prosecutors can’t use secret videotapes of a Watertown minister having sex with his comatose wife while she was in a nursing home, the 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Advertisement The man faces eight felonies — four counts of second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious person and four counts of third-degree sexual assault — as well as a misdemeanor. The case raises a number of issues, including a nursing home’s obligation to protect the health and safety of a patient, an individual’s right to privacy and questions of marital sexual abuse. According to the appellate decision and other court...
  • Conflict Over Spying Led White House to Brink

    09/14/2008 7:49:44 PM PDT · by An American! · 22 replies · 299+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2008 | Barton Gellman
    This is the first of two stories adapted from "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency," to be published Tuesday by Penguin Press. EXCERPT: "The United States was at war with al-Qaeda, intelligence-gathering is inherent in war, and the Constitution appoints the president commander in chief. But they had not been asked to give their own written assessments of the legality of domestic espionage. They based their answer in part on the attorney general's certification of the "form and legality" of the president's orders. Yet neither man had been allowed to see the program's codeword-classified legal analyses [5], which were prepared by...
  • Terror Plan Would Give F.B.I. More Power

    09/13/2008 3:04:35 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 6 replies · 279+ views
    nytimes ^ | September 13, 2008 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department made public on Friday a plan to expand the tools the Federal Bureau of Investigation can use to investigate suspicions of terrorism inside the United States, even without any direct evidence of wrongdoing.......
  • New Court Decision Affirms that 4th Amendment Protects Location Information

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

    09/07/2008 3:41:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 326+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 6, 2008 | James G. Lakely
    NOW might be a good time to buy some FedEx stock. International travelers are sure to be shipping a lot of laptops on overnight delivery to avoid losing them for hours or weeks - thanks to the Department of Homeland Security's new confiscation policy. Congress recently forced the department to admit it has assumed authority to take an air traveler's laptop computer (or any other electronic device) to an undisclosed location for an unspecified time to check for suspicious files - even "absent individualized suspicion" of wrongdoing. [Snip] Being "randomly" wanded and frisked at an airport-security checkpoint is bad enough,...
  • Killing of Mayor's 2 Dogs Justified, Pr. George's Finds

    09/04/2008 9:32:22 PM PDT · by steve-b · 57 replies · 161+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/5/08 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Aaron C. Davis
    The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has concluded in an internal review that its deputies were justified when they shot and killed two dogs belonging to the mayor of Berwyn Heights during a July drug raid, Sheriff Michael Jackson said yesterday. The sheriff said that one dog was engaging an officer and that the other was running toward a second officer at the time the black Labs were shot, but the ruling did not satisfy the mayor, who said the inquiry was incomplete and misleading. Jackson released the results of the review in response to a scientific examination of the...
  • Police tell owners: 'We're inspecting your guns'

    09/03/2008 4:37:04 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 96 replies · 795+ views
    WND ^ | August 21, 2008 | staff reporter
    Oklahoma police investigating the shooting deaths of two girls have told area residents with guns to bring them in for a test to determine whether they were used in the attack, sparking concern among those who own guns for hunting and self-defense. According to reports in the Tulsa World the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation sent letters to members of the community who were registered as owning .40-caliber handguns suggesting they voluntarily bring in their gun or guns for a test. The individuals who were "invited" to bring their guns in but didn't now will be included in the ongoing...
  • Border Patrol: Watch for more Wash. checkpoints

    08/25/2008 11:38:14 AM PDT · by microgood · 31 replies · 256+ views
    KomoNews.Com ^ | Aug 25, 2008 | Associated Press
    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Watch for more impromptu U.S. Border Patrol immigration checkpoints around the north Olympic Peninsula, an agent says. One such checkpoint was set up Friday near the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Another was used about six months ago near Forks. The latest checkpoint, set up a mile west of the bridge, operated for five hours Friday. The main objective of the temporary checkpoints is to catch terrorists and illegal immigrants, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Michael Bermudez said. They're also used with local law enforcement to arrest felons and seize drugs and weapons, he said. Friday's checkpoint...
  • As of October, FBI To Allow Warrantless Investigations

    08/23/2008 9:47:06 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 114 replies · 302+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 8/22/8 | timothy
    I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Attorney General Michael Mukasey has agreed to allow Congressional hearings, but not to delay, the implementation of new FBI regulations that would allow them to spy on American citizens who are not suspected of any crime. As an editorial in the New York Times points out, this is a power that has a history of abuse. In times past, it was used to wiretap Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to spy on other civil rights and anti-war protesters." As Dekortage points out, "Several senators have formally complained that citizens could be investigated...
  • Judge Rules Man Cannot Be Forced To Decrypt HD

    08/19/2008 9:06:08 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 12 replies · 259+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 8/19/8 | kdawson
    I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "In Vermont, US Magistrate Judge Jerome Niedermeier has ruled that forcing someone to divulge the password to decrypt their hard drive violates the 5th Amendment. Border guards testify that they saw child pornography on the defendant's laptop when the PC was on, but they made the mistake of turning it off and were unable to access it again because the drive was protected by PGP. Although prosecutors offered many ways to get around the 5th Amendment protections, the Judge would have none of that and quashed the grand jury subpoena requesting the defendant's...
  • Police Want Tight Security Zone at Ground Zero

    08/19/2008 7:10:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 182+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 11, 2008 | CHARLES V. BAGLI
    Planners seeking to rebuild the World Trade Center have always envisioned that the 16-acre site would have a vibrant streetscape with distinctive buildings, shops and cultural institutions lining a newly restored street grid. From the destruction of Sept. 11, 2001, a new neighborhood teeming with life would be born. But now, the Police Department’s latest security proposal entails heavy restrictions. According to a 36-page presentation given by top-ranking police officials in recent months, the entire area would be placed within a security zone, in which only specially screened taxis, limousines and cars would be allowed through “sally ports,” or barriers...
  • Gun Owners' Weapons Tested (Tests Will Be Matched With Evidence From Scene Of Double Killing)

    08/19/2008 8:36:34 AM PDT · by homeguard · 31 replies · 174+ views
    KOCO.COM ^ | UPDATED: 6:26 pm CDT August 18, 2008 | koco
    Gun Owners' Weapons Tested (Tests Will Be Matched With Evidence From Scene Of Weleetka Double Killing.
  • 40 guns tested in girls' deaths

    08/19/2008 8:03:48 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 70 replies · 348+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 8/19/08 | Manny Gamalla
    Agents test fire weapons to narrow leads in the June 8 killing of the girls near Weleetka. WELEETKA — More than three dozen guns from the Weleetka area were test fired over the weekend as authorities worked to narrow their leads into the June 8 slayings of two girls. Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said more than 60 letters were sent out to registered owners of .40-caliber handguns, asking them to voluntarily submit their weapons for testing on Saturday and Sunday at the Okfuskee County Courthouse at Okemah. Brown said about 40 of those owners...
  • Bischof Law: Government Abuse of U.S. Citizens Gone Wild!

    08/18/2008 8:59:03 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 14 replies · 130+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | August 18, 2008 | Jeffery M. Leving
    The "Cindy Bischof Law" has the potential for victimizing innocent Illinois fathers and may spread nationwide. The Bischof Law is a draconian measure that will allow judges to order anyone, mostly men and fathers, to wear a GPS tracking device if they are simply considered to be at a high risk for domestic violence without being found guilty of any crime. There is a presumption of guilt without the benefit of a trial, yet the foundation of our criminal justice system is that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Perhaps such a drastic measure would be warranted...
  • Police Turn to Secret Weapon: GPS Device

    08/17/2008 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 76 replies · 465+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2008 | Ben Hubbard
    Someone was attacking women in Fairfax County and Alexandria, grabbing them from behind and sometimes punching and molesting them before running away. After logging 11 cases in six months, police finally identified a suspect. David Lee Foltz Jr., who had served 17 years in prison for rape, lived near the crime scenes. To figure out if Foltz was the assailant, police pulled out their secret weapon: They put a Global Positioning System device on Foltz's van, which allowed them to track his movements. Police said they soon caught Foltz dragging a woman into a wooded area in Falls Church. After...
  • Home Science Under Attack In Massachusetts

    08/13/2008 7:13:32 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 63 replies · 347+ views
    Slashdot News ^ | 12 August 2008
    Home Science Under Attack In Massachusetts An anonymous reader tips a guest posting up on the MAKE Magazine blog by the author of the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments. It seems that authorities in Massachusetts have raided a home chemistry lab, apparently without a warrant, and made off with all of its contents. Here's the local article from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. "Victor Deeb, a retired chemist who lives in Marlboro, has finally been allowed to return to his Fremont Street home, after Massachusetts authorities spent three days ransacking his basement lab and making off with its...
  • Helena-West Helena to continue 24-hour curfew (follow up to earlier story. Arkansas)

    08/12/2008 2:24:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies · 261+ views ^ | 8-12-08 | unattributed (AP)
    The city, created in 2006 after the rival cities of Helena and West Helena joined, is in one of the nation's poorest regions, trailing even parts of Appalachia in its standard of living. Phillips County lost a third of its population from 1970 to 2000 and, of the 24,107 people who remain, more than a quarter live in poverty.
  • Ack! My childrens' jr. high/ high school is starting Drug Testing! (Vanity)

    08/07/2008 5:43:48 AM PDT · by ozark hilljilly · 209 replies · 298+ views
    me | Ozark Hilljilly
    Folks, I'm so mad I can't see straight and I hope the smarter(than me) people here at FR can advise us on this. At school registration we got a handout informing us about a change to school policy. Starting this school year, any student who wishes to participate in any extra curricular or co-curricular activities must consent to random drug testing! Needless to say I was 'stuned' and speechless. We're not a big metropolitan school district, we're a very small, rural school. This was apparently done during a closed session of the school board's meeting over the summer. As far...
  • US Border Agency Says It Can Seize Laptops

    08/03/2008 5:17:45 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 25 replies · 142+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 1, 2008 | Agam Shah
    Agam Shah, IDG News Service Fri Aug 1, 7:50 PM ET Travelers beware: U.S. agents now have the authority to seize and retain laptops indefinitely, according to a new policy detailed in documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Unique law lets police seize guns before a crime is committed

    08/03/2008 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 143 replies · 512+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 3, 2008 | Paul hughes
    HARTFORD -- Using a unique state law, police in Connecticut have disarmed dozens of gun owners based on suspicions that they might harm themselves or others. The state's gun seizure law is considered the first and only law in the country that allows the confiscation of a gun before the owner commits an act of violence. Police and state prosecutors can obtain seizure warrants based on concerns about someone's intentions. State police and 53 police departments have seized more than 1,700 guns since the law took effect in October 1999, according to a new report to the legislature. There are...
  • Airport threat to your laptop:

    08/02/2008 3:04:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 451+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02nd August 2008
    Travellers to the U.S. could have their laptops and other electronic devices seized at the airport under new anti-terror measures. Federal agents have been granted powers to take such devices and hold them as long as they like. They do not even need grounds to suspect wrongdoing. The Department of Homeland Security said the policies applied to anyone entering the country by land, sea or air, including U.S. citizens. The extent of the new powers, which have been secretly in place for some time, was revealed yesterday in the Washington Post.
  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border (Guilty till proven innocent)

    08/02/2008 2:32:08 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 26 replies · 127+ views
    Washington post ^ | August 1, 2008 | Ellen Nakashima
    Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border No Suspicion Required Under DHS Policies Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border

    08/02/2008 5:13:13 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 6 replies · 232+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, August 1, 2008 | Ellen Nakashima
    Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.
  • Homeland Security: We can seize laptops for an indefinite period

    08/01/2008 12:07:42 PM PDT · by southlake_hoosier · 68 replies · 319+ views ^ | August 1, 2008 | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has concocted a remarkable new policy: It reserves the right to seize for an indefinite period of time laptops taken across the border. A pair of DHS policies from last month say that customs agents can routinely--as a matter of course--seize, make copies of, and "analyze the information transported by any individual attempting to enter, re-enter, depart, pass through, or reside in the United States." (See policy No. 1 and No. 2.) DHS claims the border search of electronic information is useful to detect terrorists, drug smugglers, and people violating "copyright or trademark laws."...
  • Laptops can be confiscated and searched at US border without cause

    08/01/2008 10:07:50 AM PDT · by cowtowney · 23 replies · 233+ views
    Engadget ^ | 8/1/2008 | Joshua Topolsky
    In further evidence of our rapidly eroding civil liberties, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed today that US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have the right to confiscate and search a traveler's laptop or other electronic device without any suspicion of wrongdoing. The rules -- which we reported on in February -- allow for searches of hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, and video or audio tapes, and specify that the agencies can "detain" belongings for a "reasonable period of time," (i.e., as long as they please). Additionally, the DHS can share the data...
  • Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border [no suspicion required]

    08/01/2008 7:42:31 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 84 replies · 522+ views
    WaPo ^ | 8/1/8 | Ellen Nakashima
    Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons...