Human Rights Watch Sues US Government Over DEA’s Massive Surveillance Program That Chills Their Work

By: Wednesday April 8, 2015 12:05 pm

Human Rights Watch has sued the United States government over a massive surveillance program that intercepted billions of Americans’ international phone call records and was operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency for more than two decades. The lawsuit names one hundred unidentified officials or employees involved in operating the program as defendants. It also names [...]

DEA Surveillance Program Harvested Americans’ Call Records—And It Took Snowden’s Disclosures to End It

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 7:02 pm

The United States government harvested the records of billions of Americans’ international phone calls for over two decades. It was ended by the Justice Department in September 2013 after disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden brought widespread attention to massive government surveillance. The surveillance program was made public by the Justice Department in January. The [...]

How DEA Keeps Defendants in the Dark on Role Intelligence Agencies Play in Their Prosecution

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 4:11 pm

Drug Enforcement Agency training guides reveal details about how law enforcement agencies go about concealing how evidence from intelligence agencies may have been used to prosecute a person. They show how DEA agents, law enforcement and prosecutors cooperate together to essentially sidestep constraints created by the United States Constitution and statutory requirements for open and [...]

Inspector General Report: DEA Doesn’t Keep Data on Racial Profiling in ‘Cold Consent Encounters’

By: Saturday January 31, 2015 1:26 pm

The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department conducted a review of Drug Enforcement Agency “cold consent encounters” at mass transportation facilities after receiving complaints from two African American women about a practice that has been associated with racial profiling. The review found that the DEA does not collect the appropriate racial and [...]

DEA’s Massive License Plate Tracking Program Spies on Millions of Americans, Helps Agents Seize Property

By: Tuesday January 27, 2015 1:00 pm

The Drug Enforcement Agency operates a massive license plate tracking program that is open to various federal, state and local law agencies and was specifically designed to help the agency seize property through asset forfeiture, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. Heavily censored documents from the DEA show the “pilot” National [...]

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot in Afghanistan

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 7:54 am

Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on? While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years [...]

E.O. 12333: End-Running the Fourth Amendment

By: Monday September 22, 2014 7:43 am

Historians of the Constitutional Era of the United States (1789-2001, RIP) will recall the Fourth Amendmentto the Constitution, the one that used to protect Americans against unreasonable and unwarranted searches. The Supreme Court had generally held that searches required a warrant. That warrant could be issued only after law enforcement showed they had “probable cause.” [...]

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers: Who is Spying on You Now?

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:18 am

A security researcher identified multiple “fake” cell phone towers around the United States, many near military bases, designed to intercept calls and texts without your knowledge, and to potentially inject spyware into your phone by defeating built-in encryption. The researcher has located a number of towers; what he can’t figure out is who built them [...]

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:04 am

The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction. Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say [...]

AT&T Refuses to Disclose to Shareholders What Data It Shares with the NSA

By: Friday December 6, 2013 5:31 pm

AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, has informed shareholders it will not disclose any details on its dealings with the National Security Agency. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a “shareholder proposal” with AT&T after it was revealed in the news that the company is sharing data with the [...]

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