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  • Starting Today, Feds Can Hack Millions Of Devices With One Warrant

    12/02/2016 4:52:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/01/16 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday, December 1, a vital Supreme Court order is set to go into effect that dramatically expands the surveillance power of federal agents.The impending alteration to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure softens the legal requirements for obtaining search and seizure warrants that grant the government remote access to individual’s computers and phones. In the past, law enforcement was required to obtain a warrant from a judge within the jurisdiction where the proposed search was going take place.Under this new system, however, if an individual is using technology to conceal their location, the warrant is considered valid regardless of jurisdiction. A single authorization will...
  • SF judge explains why 66,000 arrest warrants were discarded

    11/30/2016 5:49:51 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bob Egelko
    San Franciscos chief judge says he and his colleagues discarded 66,000 arrest warrants issued over five years for quality-of-life crimes, like sleeping on the sidewalk, because it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldnt afford.
  • StingRay surveillance prompts Baltimore attorneys to review nearly 2,000 cases

    08/29/2015 8:58:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    Attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing hundreds of convictions after an investigation revealed that police there have secretly used cell phone surveillance tools in nearly 2,000 criminal cases. Following a report in USA Today that exposed the extent of the Baltimore Police Departments use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the citys public defender office now tell the paper they plan to ask the court to toss out a large number of convictions.
  • Did they get me?: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agencys domestic spying program. It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data, said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance

    09/30/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/29/14 | Zusha Elinson
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance by drone, making California the latest state to weigh on an issue that is dividing lawmakers across the country. Mr. Brown's decision comes as the nation grapples with how to balance concerns over privacy and civil liberties with a technology that police departments say can serve as a powerful law-enforcement tool.
  • Pa. Supreme Court ruling: Cops discuss warrantless searches, probable cause

    05/03/2014 1:00:25 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | 5-2-14 (updated) | Brett Hambright
    This weeks Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on warrantless vehicle searches has motorists wondering when a cop will be rummaging through their car. The ruling now permits police to search a vehicle without a drivers consent or a judges signature on a warrant. Local police professionals, however, say little will change as far as who is subjected to searches. They claim it all comes down to an officer having probable cause, as the high-court ruling states. What exactly is probable cause? What qualifies as means for an officer to search a vehicle? There must be probable cause that there is evidence...

    01/02/2014 9:57:38 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 91 replies ^ | JANUARY 2, 2014 | Doug Book, editor
    Texas courts have ruled that because legally owned firearms represent a threat of physical violence to police, officers may ignore the 4th Amendment rights of Texas residents by treating ALL legally issued warrants as No Knock warrants, even if the issuing judge has made it clear that officers must knock on the door and announce their identity and purpose before attempting a forcible entry. In August of 2006, police in Collin County, Texas obtained a warrant to search the home of John Quinn based on information that Quinns son might be keeping a controlled substance on the premises. Although the...
  • 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...
  • Canadian police urge Parliament to pass spying bill (Goodbye to Search Warrants?)

    10/30/2012 6:56:39 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 5 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 29 October, 2012, 06:52 | Staff
    Police across Canada are urging Ottawa to resurrect a controversial Internet surveillance bill that would allow them to monitor Canadians' digital activities in real-time without a warrant. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has made a plea to on the federal government to pass Bill C-30, also known as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act ahead of a gathering by the provincial and federal justice ministers next week. The group is concerned that Parliament will be closed down before the legislation is passed.We have a fear that it will die on the order paper, said Vancouver Police Chief...
  • Indiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Citizens to Protect Themselves Against Police Actions

    03/28/2012 2:49:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies ^ | 22 March, 2012 | Shelley_Rae
    Tuesday night, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill that would protect citizens who reasonably believe force is necessary to protect themselves, someone else or their own property from unlawful actions by a public servant. While supports believe the proposal strengthens the legal rights of people against public servants or government agents illegally entering their home, police groups are worried that many will use it as justification for attacking officers or will not understand the law fully. "For those who don't take the time to read the law, it is going to be devastating for someone to think they have...
  • 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...
  • Feds execute search warrants at Calif. solar firm

    09/08/2011 9:05:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/8/11 | ap
    <p>FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - FBI agents executed search warrants on Thursday at the headquarters of California solar firm Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan from the federal government before filing for bankruptcy last week.</p> <p>Agents executed multiple search warrants at the company's headquarters in Fremont as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General, according to FBI spokesman Peter Lee. Lee said he could not provide details about the investigation.</p>
  • No-Knock Warrants

    07/09/2011 1:46:57 PM PDT · by thirst4truth · 22 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | June 10, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    It’s 6 AM and a groggy Ken Wright is getting ready to start the day. Thinking about jumping in the shower, getting the coffee on, and wake the kids… Suddenly noise from outside draws his attention and he looks out the window. He sees dozens of black-clad, armored men swarming on his lawn and now someone is pounding on the front door. As he starts down the stairs in his boxer shorts the front door shatters and the heavily armed men charge into the house pointing guns and shouting orders. They grab Wright, drag him from the home, throw him...
  • FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago

    09/24/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 80 replies · 11+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 9/29/10 | STEVE KARNOWSKI,
    The FBI said it searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of a terrorism investigation Friday. Warrants suggest agents were looking for connections between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East. FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago. "These were search warrants only," Warfield said. "We're not anticipating any arrests at this time. They're seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism." The homes of longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby were among those...
  • A violent drug raid posted to YouTube catches fire online.

    05/12/2010 3:53:07 AM PDT · by Def Conservative · 188 replies · 3,183+ views
    Last week, a Columbia, Missouri, drug raid captured on video went viral. As of this morning, the video had garnered 950,000 views on YouTube. It has lit up message boards, blogs, and discussion groups around the Web, unleashing anger, resentment and even, regrettably, calls for violence against the police officers who conducted the raid. I've been writing about and researching these raids for about five years, including raids that claimed the lives of innocent children, grandmothers, college students, and bystanders. Innocent families have been terrorized by cops who raided on bad information, or who raided the wrong home due to...
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano Natural rights Patriot Act

    03/11/2010 11:29:21 AM PST · by OldNavyVet · 9 replies · 699+ views
    YouTube ^ | 10/02/09 | "Free the Nation"
    I was led to this powerful video by email and can't find it on FreeRepublic. It needs to be widely shared.
  • BREAKING: FBI Raids Toyota Suppliers

    02/24/2010 12:38:07 PM PST · by Kieri · 512 replies · 15,502+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 02/24/10 | Editors
    (WXYZ) - The FBI is confirming raids at the offices of three Michigan auto suppliers who do work for Toyota. Search warrants were served Tuesday evening at Yazaki North America, DENSO International and Tokai Rika. Yazaki sells electronic components and DENSO makes accelerator pedals. Denso has released the following statement about the situation "DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, was inspected on February 23, 2010 by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice in regard to U.S. antitrust laws. DIAM is cooperating with this investigation." Stay with Action News and
  • Feds push for tracking cell phones

    02/11/2010 8:58:30 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 91 replies · 2,580+ views
    CNET News ^ | February 1, 2010 | Declan McCullagh
    Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves. FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding to what their cellular towers had recorded at the time of a dozen different bank robberies in the Dallas area. The voluminous records showed that two phones had made calls around the time of all 12 heists, and that those phones belonged to men named Tony Hewitt and Corey Duffey. A jury eventually...
  • Regulators To Treat Calif Warrants Like General Obligations

    07/09/2009 3:26:55 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 9 replies · 488+ views
    Dow Jones via Beurs ^ | Donderdag 09 Juli 2009 | Michael R. Crittenden
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. regulators told banks Wednesday that registered warrants being issued by the state of California will be treated similarly to other general obligations of the state.... For capital purposes, the guidance from regulators said, this means the warrants would receive a 20% risk weight
  • California budget watchdog (LAO) rejects $6 billion RAWs plan (revenue anticipation warrants)

    05/21/2009 12:11:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 588+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/21/09 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) California lawmakers should reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to sell $6 billion in revenue anticipation warrants to raise cash for the state government as it faces a $21.3 billion budget gap, the state's budget watchdog office said on Thursday. The California Legislative Analyst's office said in a report that Schwarzenegger's plan for the short-term debt would be a "terrible precedent and a poor fiscal policy," and "presents serious legal concerns."
  • Iraqi Police Arrest Warrants Up 79 Percent

    01/26/2008 10:50:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 178+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Bradley Link, USA
    BAGHDAD The Iraqi National Police issued 158 arrest warrants in the fourth quarter of 2007 for crimes of terrorism including murder, kidnapping and stolen property, a 79 percent increase from the third quarter. The quality of investigations has improved because of a maturing judicial process, a respect for the law that is taking hold within Iraq and a developing relationship of mutual respect and trust between the police and the Ministry of Justice, said Lt. Col. Maher, officer in charge of National Police HQ Investigations Section. Before a NP investigator can obtain an arrest warrant, the Ministry of Justice...
  • Lebanon warrants issued against al-Qaida

    01/15/2008 10:03:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 72+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/08 | Bassem Mroue - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A Lebanese military prosecutor issued arrest warrants Tuesday accusing 10 jailed al-Qaida suspects of planning to carry out terrorist attacks, possessing illegal weapons and using forged identity cards, judicial officials said. Military prosecutor Rashid Mizher also issued arrest warrants naming 10 other suspected al-Qaida members who are at large, the officials added. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, did not say when the 10 suspects were detained or give their nationalities. Since last year's three-month battle between the Lebanese army and Muslim extremists in the...
  • Informant in shooting says he never bought drugs at house

    11/27/2006 4:15:07 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 114 replies · 2,132+ views
    The Atlanta-Journal Constitution ^ | 11/27/06 | SAEED AHMED
    The confidential informant on whose word Atlanta police raided the house of an 88-year-old woman is now saying he never purchased drugs from her house and was told by police to lie and say he did. Chief Richard Pennington, in a press conference Monday evening, said his department learned two days ago that the informant — who has been used reliably in the past by the narcotics unit -- denied providing information to officers about a drug deal at 933 Neal Street in northwest Atlanta. "The informant said he had no knowledge of going into that house and purchasing drugs,"...
  • Right to Privacy Destined for Endangered List

    10/08/2006 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies · 1,527+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | October 4, 2006 | Bob Barr
    The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution protects Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and against warrants being issued without "probable cause" that they have done something wrong. While most Americans who might be familiar with this portion of our Bill of Rights probably consider its protections to apply only to criminals and therefore of little consequence to them, the Fourth Amendment actually provides vital protection to all Americans, not just "criminals." In fact, its prefatory language makes this clear, explicitly providing that its goal is to assure that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,...
  • HP ex-chairwoman, lawyer indicted

    10/04/2006 9:56:35 PM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 497+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO - Californias attorney general announced indictments Wednesday against Hewlett-Packards ousted chairwoman Patricia Dunn and former ethics lawyer Kevin Hunsaker for their roles in a snowballing boardroom espionage scandal. In this misguided effort, people inside and outside HP violated privacy rights and broke state law. Those who cross the legal line must be held accountable, Attorney General Bill Lockyer told reporters. Three private detectives involved in the US computer equipment giants alleged spying operations were also indicted, Lockyer said. Dunn and Hunsaker were indicted along with Ronald DeLia, Matthew Depante and Bryan Wagner, Lockyer said at a press conference...
  • Warrants issued for Dunn, four others in H-P case

    10/04/2006 5:17:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 725+ views
    Dow Jones MarketWatch (excerpt) ^ | October 4, 2006 | Rex Crum
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - A California court issued arrest warrants Wednesday for former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, former senior counsel Kevin Hunsaker and three private investigators tied to the technology giant's pretexting scandal after they were charged with felonies in connection with the H-P boardroom leak scandal. The five are charged with fraudulent wire communications, wrongful use of computer data, identity theft and conspiracy. ~ snip ~
  • Text of President Bush remarks on NSA Telephone Traffic Analysis

    05/11/2006 11:32:37 AM PDT · by TeleStraightShooter · 42 replies · 1,701+ views
    President Bush ^ | 2006.5.11 | WhiteHouse
    THE PRESIDENT: After September the 11th, I vowed to the American people that our government would do everything within the law to protect them against another terrorist attack. As part of this effort, I authorized the National Security Agency to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. In other words, if al Qaeda or their associates are making calls into the United States or out of the United States, we want to know what they're saying. Today there are new claims about other ways we are tracking down al Qaeda to...
  • No Warrants For 3,501 Secret FBI Cases

    04/30/2006 3:21:08 AM PDT · by sirchtruth · 12 replies · 658+ views ^ | Apr 29, 2006 | AP
    CBS) WASHINGTON The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks, credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court's approval, the Justice Department said Friday. It was the first time the Bush administration has publicly disclosed how often it uses the administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter, which allows the executive branch of government to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge's approval or a grand jury subpoena.
  • Clinton's Spying [what the antique media won't tell you]

    03/12/2006 12:06:29 PM PST · by CyberAnt · 15 replies · 1,316+ views
    The Limbaugh Letter ^ | February 2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    Liberals are whipping themselves into a frenzy over "Bush's domestic spying." But the left's outrage is new. During the Clinton era, they found government surveillance just peachy. In 1999, in fact, The New York Times itself had no problem with the Clinton NSA's Echelon project, which - without warrants - monitored millions of phone calls between U.S. citizens: "Few dispute the necessity of a system like Echelon," assured The Times, "to apprehend foreign spies, drug traffickers, and terrorists." That was then. Now the antique press is too busy getting its panties in a wad about Bush Administration security measures to...
  • Talking Sense on Spying

    02/03/2006 7:01:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 366+ views
    City Journal ^ | 2 January 2006 | Heather Mac Donald
    City JournalTalking Sense on SpyingRequiring warrants for computerized surveillance is absurd and dangerous to national security. Heather Mac Donald 2 January 2006 Its time to get real: Computers cant spy. They cant violate your privacy, because they dont know that you exist. Computers are the solution to Americans hyperactive privacy paranoia, not its nightmare confirmation. Next Mondays Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the National Security Agencys Al Qaeda phone-tracking program should focus on the promise of computer technology in fighting terrorism, and on overcoming the impediments to using it. The furor over the National Security Agency program has been...
  • Cops thrash men when hot tub party gets noisey

    04/14/2005 6:39:20 PM PDT · by sincity89103 · 107 replies · 2,878+ views

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!

    08/02/2004 7:24:13 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 7 replies · 621+ views
    Second Amendment Foundation EMAIL | 8-02-04
    OSHKOSH SEARCHES, SEIZURES SHOULD REQUIRE WARRANTS, SAYS SAF While there can be no doubt that police officers in Oshkosh, WI recently conducted a neighborhood search for a gunman who shot and wounded Officer Nate Gallagher July 17 with good intentions, there remain serious questions about the seizure of firearms from one of the residences without benefit of a warrant, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said today. "We've reviewed all the information we could get about this case," said SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb, "and we remain concerned that some innocent person's firearms were removed from his home, without him knowing about...
  • 11 warrants out after fatal mob attack on policemen

    04/29/2003 5:36:16 PM PDT · by miltonim · 1 replies · 124+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | April 30, 2003 | Manop Thip-osod
    11 warrants out after fatal mob attack on policemen Police have issued arrest warrants for 11 of 40 suspects in Saturday's mob attack in which two border patrol policemen were killed in Rangae district of Narathiwat. National police chief Sant Sarutanont said there were 40 suspects in all but warrants had initially been issued yesterday by Rangae police for 11 of the 40 suspects. The majority of them were outsiders who had misled local villagers, most of whom were Muslim, into believing the policemen were robbers who preyed on people in southern border provinces, Pol Gen Sant said. The two...
  • Law Enforcement Raids Marion 'Suge' Knight's Record Company (Murder Warrants Served)

    11/14/2002 12:34:10 PM PST · by ewing · 38 replies · 688+ views
    NBC 4 Los Angeles ^ | Nov. 13, 2002 | Staff Report
    Rap music mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight record company was raided by authorities Thursday after they served 17 warrants in two states related to several homicides and conspiracy to commit murder.'The kinds of people we have warrants for are wanted for very serious crimes. There is some connection to Tha Row Records.' Said Los Angeles County Sherriff's spokeswoman Alba Yates.Knight who runs the company formerly known as 'Death Row' records, was not considered a suspect in the investigation