Stung: Government Disappears Stingray Spying Records

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 7:58 am

We’ve heard variations on the phrase “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” from the government for quite some time. It appears this may be true, at least if you are the government. In the case of Stingray, a cell phone spying device used against Americans, the government does have something [...]

Police Conspire with US Marshal’s Service to Hide Evidence of ‘StingRay’ Surveillance

By: Friday June 20, 2014 10:18 am

(update below) Local police in Florida are essentially conspiring with the US Marshal’s Service to keep details related to their use of cell phone tracking devices in criminal investigations secret, according to internal emails from the Sarasota Police Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “StingRays,” according to ACLU staff attorney Nate Wessler, [...]

Judge Rules Against ACLU, Fails to Resolve Issue of US Marshals Seizing ‘StingRay’ Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:08 pm

A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders, approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshals Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so [...]

Court: Judge ‘Disobeyed’ Statute, Defendant Shouldn’t Have Access to Secret Surveillance Records

By: Monday June 16, 2014 5:20 pm

A federal appeals court has overturned a first-of-its-kind ruling by a district court, which had granted a defendant access to secret surveillance records in his case. The court found the district court judge had “disobeyed” a statute and inappropriately decided to disclose materials to defense counsel. Adel Daoud, a young Muslim who was targeted and [...]

Chicago Police Sued for Acting in ‘Bad Faith’ By Failing to Provide ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Records

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 4:13 pm

The Chicago Police Department is being sued for acting in “bad faith” and “willfully and intentionally” failing to provide records on the use of “Stingray” surveillance devices to track and locate cell phones. Freddy Martinez submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Chicago Police Department on March 22. He received an acknowledgment [...]

The For-Profit Criminalization of Immigrants: Prison Contracts Encourage Placement in ‘Extreme Isolation’

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 1:20 pm

Unlawfully crossing the United States border has traditionally been a civil offense where a person committing the act was deported, but more than half of all criminal prosecutions last year were for crossing the border and for-profit prison corporations operating federal facilities have directly benefited. The corporations make money incarcerating over 25,000 immigrants. Thousands are [...]

Police Militarization: Fish Rot from the Head

By: Monday June 9, 2014 8:30 am

In an era where Big Government acts in open contempt of the rule of law, killing its own citizens without due process, torturing its people, recklessly spying on them and taking away their right to free speech, it is little surprise that Small Government seeks to do the same. Petty is what petty does. Much of this all manifests itself in the militarization of our police coupled with their criminalization of everything.

In Hearing on Defendant’s Access to FISA Records, Court Shockingly Holds Secret Session with Prosecutors

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 7:13 pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago granted the government a secret one-party hearing in the middle of what was supposed to be an open hearing on whether a defendant in facing terrorism charges should have access to secret surveillance records. The defense and media were thrown out. The public had already been told before the [...]

US Marshals Seize Copies of Local Cell Phone Tracking Records Requested by ACLU

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 5:16 pm

US marshals in Florida seized copies of local cell phone tracking records from the Sarasota Police Department, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter in the state had requested. The extraordinarily brazen act was a clear violation of public records law. And the ACLU quickly pushed for a temporary injunction from a judge to [...]

Government Is Wrong to Impose Secrecy & Deny Defendants Access to ‘Foreign Surveillance Materials’

By: Friday May 9, 2014 5:29 pm

Two prominent civil liberties organizations filed a brief urging a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting a young Muslim accused of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction” access to government surveillance records. Adel Daoud was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation. His defense team [...]

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