There Is Much to Fear

By: Monday September 29, 2014 7:47 am

One of the exceptional things about Post-Constitutional America is how instead of using the traditional tools of an autocracy– secret police, torture, mass round ups– the majority of Americans have given up their rights willfully, voluntarily, almost gleefully. The key tool used by government to have accomplished this is fear-mongering. Fear is one of our [...]

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.” [...]

American Held in Incommunicado Detention in Yemen Calls Family, Says He’s Being Beaten & Gassed

By: Friday September 12, 2014 5:15 pm

An American citizen in Yemeni custody who his lawyers say has been disappeared for over 180 days has surfaced. One of his lawyers reports he was apparently allowed to make two calls to his wife and mother last night and a guard said he is being held in the Central Security Forces base in central [...]

Book Review: Agent Storm, My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:03 am

Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA is a worthy read; if it was fiction it might be called “a good yarn.” The book is instead straight-up non-fiction, making it all the more interesting as a window into the world of modern espionage. An Enthusiastic Muslim The book is the “as told [...]

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 [...]

Defense Argues Palestinian Organizer’s Indictment Was Product of Illegal FBI Investigation

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 11:12 pm

A motion to dismiss an indictment against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh for allegedly committing immigration fraud argues Odeh’s indictment was the “product of an illegal investigation into the First Amendment activities of the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN),” a community group based in Chicago. Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized [...]

In No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims, DOJ Argues ‘No Constitutional Right Not to Become an Informant’

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 4:46 pm

The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community. In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Creative Law Enforcement [...]

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 [...]

Preemptive Prosecutions: Report Spotlights How the US Government Manufactures ‘Terrorism’ Cases

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions. The report comes just over a month after a mostly ignored [...]

Animal Rights Activists Who Allegedly Freed Minks Are Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges

By: Friday July 11, 2014 12:26 pm

Two animal rights activists who allegedly released thousands of animals from a mink farm about sixty-five miles southwest of Chicago have been indicted on federal terrorism charges. Both Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson were indicted by a grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois for allegedly releasing 2,000 minks from captivity on August 14, [...]

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