Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Whether Government Employees Can Go to Press & Blow the Whistle

By: Monday May 19, 2014 4:41 pm

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the administration of President Barack Obama that will address the issue of whether someone employed by the federal government has a right to go public with their whistleblower claims, such as evidence of misconduct by an agency. The case involves Robert J. MacLean, [...]

‘Proper Channels’ Didn’t Work for Employees Who Revealed Secret Service Director’s Surveillance Operation

By: Monday May 12, 2014 10:07 am

Agents from a Secret Service surveillance team detailed to patrol the White House compound and protect President Barack Obama were ordered to go watch the home of a neighbor of a “personal friend” of the agency’s director, the Washington Post reported. Remarkably, this is one of those instances (yet again) where government employees sought to [...]

Senate Subcommittee Investigation into Whistleblower Allegations Finds Misconduct by DHS Watchdog

By: Friday April 25, 2014 9:37 am

The person within the Department of Homeland Security, who whistleblowers are supposed to be comfortable with contacting to report waste, fraud, abuse or other examples of corruption, failed to maintain independence as the Department’s Inspector General. He has been placed on “administrative leave” by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The subcommittee reviewed hundreds of pages of [...]

US Border Patrol Insists on Secrecy for Agents Who Kill People on Mexican Side of Border

By: Monday March 3, 2014 4:41 pm

A review by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) of violence by US Border Patrol Agents responsible for more than forty “border-related deaths” was completed after Congress ordered US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to examine its “use of force policies and practices.” However, the result of this PERF review is being kept secret by [...]

Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Searches at US Border Is Dismissed by Federal Judge

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 4:57 pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the constitutionality of suspicionless searches and seizures of laptops and other electronics at the United States border. Those challenging the United States government’s policy for border searches of electronics included the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Press [...]

State Department Denied Visa for Doctor to Attend Her Own Trial Challenging ‘No Fly’ List—Twice

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 5:16 pm

A significant challenge to the constitutionality of the Department of Homeland Security’s “No Fly” list has been ongoing in San Francisco, California, in a trial before a district court judge this week. The lawsuit alleges Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian who twice obtained a visa from the United States to study and obtain degrees in [...]

Government Agrees to Destroy Information Seized from Bradley Manning Support Network Co-Founder

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 12:28 pm

The government has decided to settle a lawsuit brought by American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Bradley Manning Support Network co-founder David House. The lawsuit involves a suspicionless border search that House experienced in 2010, where he had his laptop and other electronic devices seized. As part of the settlement, the government will destroy [...]

DHS Finds Suspicionless Border Searches Do Not Violate Americans’ Civil Liberties

By: Friday February 8, 2013 4:14 pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that border searches of American citizens without probable cause or suspicion, which sometimes result in the seizure of laptops, cell phones or other electronic devices, do not violate civil liberties. How DHS drew these self-serving conclusions is unknown because no evidence to support these conclusions was released [...]

The Risks Homeland Security Fusion Centers Pose to Americans’ Civil Liberties

By: Friday October 5, 2012 4:26 pm

A scathing report released days ago by a Senate subcommittee concluded Department of Homeland Security fusion centers at the state and local level had not “produced useful intelligence to support federal counterterrorism efforts.” It also found “DHS-assigned detailees” have “forwarded ‘intelligence’ of uneven quality—oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act [...]

Protests, Security at the Republican National Convention

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 11:24 am

A security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI garnered wide media attention over the past twenty-four to forty-eight hours, raising the specter of possible “anarchist” violence or “terrorism.” The bulletin was largely state propaganda designed to whip up fear ahead of the convention. Given that there has been no preemptive raid against [...]

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