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  • State court rules police can seize your Facebookactivity

    04/04/2017 6:47:29 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 4, 2017 | Julia Marsh
    New York state’s highest court has handed law enforcement a victory​ — ruling that ​the courts have no authority to decide the constitutionality of bulk seizures of Facebook users’ private accounts​ for criminal probes. In 2014​,​ Facebook challenged Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus’ Vance’s bulk-search warrant demanding information on 381 of its users who were suspects in a major investigation into NYPD and FDNY Social Security scammers. ​More than 100 people have been convicted in the s​​cam. They claimed they were too sick to work in order to get the benefits​ ​– ​​then posted photos of themselves on social media platforms...
  • Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case

    06/20/2016 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2016
    Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case he Supreme Court ruled Monday that evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. The justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the drug-related convictions of a Utah man. The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for Strieff. Strieff was placed under arrest and searched. He was carrying methamphetamine. Justice Clarence Thomas said for...
  • Did Google Manipulate Search for Hillary?

    06/11/2016 5:29:18 AM PDT · by econjack · 33 replies
    Google has been purposely modifying searches on Hillary Clinton to steer you away from certain topic areas, like her potential indictment. View the video.
  • Youll Shudder When You See What Google Knows About Your Web Searches

    05/13/2015 1:18:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 83 replies
    intego.com ^ | May 13th, 2015 | by Graham Cluley
    Google probably knows more about you than your mother, your partner, your boss... but chances are that you have no idea of just how much it knows. Fortunately, there's an easy way to open your eyes to the scale of just what the world's most popular search engine knows about you, your interests and your peccadillos. You may find yourself squirming when you realise Google never forgets what you've been typing into its search engine over the years, but, at least afterwards, you'll be able to do something about it. First things first, take a deep breath and visit: https://history.google.com/history/...
  • Manhunt leads to massive roadblock, warrantless car-to-car searches

    03/16/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    Police State USA ^ | March 15, 2014 | PSUSA
    ROCKVILLE, MD Thousands of motorists were brought to a standstill when police conducted a massive roadblock to find three crime suspects. Twelve lanes of traffic were shut down and swarms of armed government agents combed through a giant traffic jam performing warrantless vehicle-to-vehicle searches. The busy Tuesday morning commute was abruptly halted just after 10:00 a.m. on March 11th. One driver told ABC News that traffic stopped and he witnessed 30 police cars pass on the shoulders of I-270 near Rockville. Then, when I saw a wall of police officers with automatic weapons approaching our cars, it was apparent...
  • 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...
  • Has Watertown Made Warrantless Searches The "New Normal"?

    04/25/2013 1:54:02 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 25, 2013 | Bob Parks
    The whole notion of the police "manhunt" is not a new American phenomenon. Cops chase bad guys, cops corner bad guys. Sometimes the bad guys give up quietly, sometimes they go down in a blaze of glory. But we've always had rules of engagement when it came to law enforcement interaction with the general public.
  • Boston's Door-to-Door Searches Weren't Illegal, Even Though They Looked Bad

    04/22/2013 10:54:14 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 160 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | Apr 22, 2013 | Philip Bump
    There were two components to last week's shelter-in-place request in Watertown, Massachusetts. The first was a request that people not to leave home. The second was a door-to-door search by heavily armed law enforcement officials. Those are two very different things, with different implications. But neither was illegal.
  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds Practice of Mass Student Searches & Random Lockdowns

    03/08/2013 2:39:47 PM PST · by illiac · 9 replies
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 3/8/13 | Rutherford Institute
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. In a ruling issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Burlison v. Springfield Public Schools, the court deemed a Missouri school districts policy of imposing a lockdown of the school for the purpose of allowing the local sheriffs department, aided by drug-sniffing dogs, to perform mass inspections of students belongings to be a reasonable procedure to maintain the safety and security of students at the school, and not a violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of students. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute had challenged the school districts practice of conducting random lockdowns and...
  • Washington gun bill includes annual home inspections

    02/18/2013 9:58:18 AM PST · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Decembers tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted lawmakers across the country to propose stringent gun laws. Washington state legislators now say maybe theyve gone too far. Washingtons SB 5737 2013-14, introduced Feb.13 by three Seattle Democrats, like many similar bills, includes an outright assault weapons ban. Individuals already possessing an assault weapon are allowed to retain them, but with the proviso that the owners submit themselves to annual police home inspections. They always say, well never go house to house to take your guns away, said Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal to...
  • Criminal Sexual Assault Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches

    12/21/2012 5:03:49 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 20, 2012 | Sundance
    TEXAS - Two Irving women are suing two Texas State troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety after they say they were violated, during what they call an unconstitutional search, when they were subjected to a roadside cavity search in full view of the public and without probable cause. On July 13, while driving along State Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Trooper David Ferrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Ferrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for...
  • TSA Conducting Random Searches on US Highways

    05/11/2012 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 247 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/9/12 | Survivalist Forum
    guess Alex Jones is still crazy?? He has been talking about this for months. Bend over and take it America. Don't be upset, this is all done in love and it is all for freedom! Everyone lets sing the Sean Hannity song together...let freedom ring, let the white dove sing...." I love freedom!
  • Supreme Court Rules that Warrants Needed for GPS Tracking (Scalia writes 4th amendment ruling!)

    01/23/2012 9:47:35 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 99 replies
    DCist ^ | 1/23/12 | Martin Austermuhl
    In a case that stemmed from an investigation by D.C. police and the FBI of a local drug dealer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that police across the country need a warrant if they want to track suspects using GPS monitors. In the ruling, which was written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court found that even though the case involved a GPS unit that was attached to a car that was out in the open, it still constituted a "search" under the language of the Fourth Amendment: It is important to be clear about what occurred in this...
  • From Planes To Trains: TSA Expands Spot Searches To Union Station

    12/28/2011 5:06:48 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 41 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | December 27th, 2011 | Staff
    An all-too-familiar sight at LAX and the rest of the nation’s airports will soon be coming to the city’s busiest train station. KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports rail passengers have started seeing Transportation Security Administration on patrol at Union Station on a more frequent basis. As many as 25 VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention & Response) teams began patrolling train stations nationwide last summer conducting an estimated 9,300 “suspicionless” spot searches of travelers. The agency has said the presence of officers with explosive detection dogs, radiation monitors and other devices will act as a deterrent in the nation’s busiest travel hubs.
  • Committee Searches for Economic 'Tipping Point'; Prefer Not to Find It

    09/24/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | September 20, 2011 | Jim Angle
    "We know that the debt is now 100 percent -- approximately 100 percent of (gross domestic product)," said Allan Meltzer, a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "That doesn't include the unfunded liabilities. It doesn't include (mortgage lenders)Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It doesn't include a number of other things." Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, argues that U.S. debt is so far out of control that it must be contained soon. "We've had five trillion (in) deficit spending since 2008, the most enormous sort...
  • Coming to an NFL stadium near you: Enhanced pat downs

    09/15/2011 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 45 replies
    PFT: NBC Sports ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 | NBC Sports
    Fresh off Sunday nights taser-fueled fan violence at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, the NFL will conduct pat downs from the ankles up this season. In the past, the pat downs went from the waist up. The enhanced security procedures recommended by our office before the start of the season will further increase the safety of fans but will require some additional time, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA T0day in a statement Thursday. We encourage fans to come early, enjoy their tailgating tradition, and be patient as they enter the stadium.
  • VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.'

    07/15/2011 4:15:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    Rutherford institute ^ | July 5, 2011 | John W. Whitehead
    VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.' By John W. Whitehead 7/5/2011 "They're trying to scare the pants off the American people that we need these things... Fear is a commodity and they're selling it. The more they can sell it, the more we buy into it. When American people are afraid, they will accept anything."--Kate Hanni, passengers' rights advocate "Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government...Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and...
  • Federal Court Rules That TSA Naked Scans Are Constitutional

    07/17/2011 6:38:06 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 110 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 15, 2011 12:13pm | Kashmir Hill
    Last weekend, a Tennessee woman was arrested at the Nashville airport for disorderly conduct after she refused TSA security measures for her children. The woman didnt want her two children to have to go through a whole-body-imaging scanner. When a Transportation Security Administration officer told her the machines were safe, she said, I still dont want someone to see our bodies naked. She wont be pleased with a ruling then out of the D.C. Circuit today. This morning, the federal court ruled that the naked scans of air travelers do not violate Americans constitutional rights. Privacy rights group EPIC had...
  • Dying Woman Undergoes Additional TSA Security Screening, Says Family

    06/26/2011 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 130 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2011
    An elderly woman in the late-stages of leukemia was forced to undergo 45 minutes of additional screenings last Saturday when she tried to board a flight out of Northwest Florida Regional Airport, her daughter told FoxNews.com Lena Reppert, 95, was to say her final goodbyes to her daughter before she made what would most likely be her last flight to her native Michigan. After eight years of battling leukemia, doctors say she doesnt have much time to live. She said she wanted to be closer to her grave, Jean Weber, her daughter, told FoxNews.com. I knew it would probably...
  • Trying to be Optimistic Post King Vs Kentucky Reasons to be optimistic

    05/17/2011 6:38:53 AM PDT · by Gus221 · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05-17-2011 | David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
    Reporting from Washington The Supreme Court gave police more leeway to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they suspect the evidence otherwise might be destroyed. Ruling in a Kentucky case Monday, the justices said that officers who smell marijuana and loudly knock on the door may break in if they hear sounds that suggest the residents are scurrying to hide the drugs. Residents who "attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame" when police burst in, said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for an 8-1 majority. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-search-20110517,0,6746878.story