US Citizens Sue Government Over ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:50 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law [...]

Good News? Maybe. Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Searches Need Warrants

By: Monday June 30, 2014 8:13 am

There are signs of hope that the Supreme Court will return to its check and balance role of the Constitutional era. One such sign, directly addressing the Fourth Amendment (the Court also just issued a ruling determining the procedures for challenging one’s inclusion in the No-Fly list are unconstitutional, another hopeful sign) is a recent [...]

Supreme Court: First Amendment Protects Public Employees Who Give Whistleblower Testimony

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 5:26 pm

The United States Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects public employees who provide testimony during corruption trials from job retaliation, such as being fired. The case, Lane v. Franks, involves Edward Lane, who according to NPR was “hired in 2006 to head a program for juvenile offenders” at Central Alabama Community College that provided “counseling and [...]

Judge Dismisses Major Lawsuit Against Alleged Domestic Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Without Reviewing Evidence

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 10:59 am

A federal district court judge in the state of Washington has dismissed a major lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying against antiwar activists. He made the choice not to do his job, admitted to lawyers representing activists that he had not reviewed all the evidence and issued a decision that could seriously jeopardize the ability [...]

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.

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:12 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret. The Guardian, the Associated Press, and three of the largest newspapers in Missouri, The Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Springfield News-Leader, have all reported on the death [...]

Communication Management Units: BOP’s Lack of Process Allows for Targeting of Muslims, Political Speech

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 4:07 pm

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has brought a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners placed in restrictive prison units known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), has revealed documentation that shows for the first time how people are designated for placement in CMUs, what they are told by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) when placed [...]

American Muslims Sue FBI for Allegedly Placing Them on No Fly List After They Refused to Become Informants

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 10:53 am

A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities. The case, Tanvir v. Holder, was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and [...]

Appeal Filed in Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying on Muslims

By: Friday March 21, 2014 10:15 am

A group of Muslims in New Jersey, who are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates, have appealed a decision in a lawsuit against spying by the New York Police Department. In February, federal Judge William J. Martini of the United States District Court of Newark accepted most if not all [...]

Restrictive Eavesdropping Law Struck Down by Illinois State Supreme Court, Ruled Unconstitutional

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 2:13 pm

One of the strictest laws against recording, requiring two party consent, has been struck down by the Illinois state supreme court. The court ruled that the eavesdropping law was unconstitutional. “The statute appears to be vague, restrictive and makes innocent conduct subject to prosecution,” an order from the court stated. Also, the statute “lacks a [...]

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