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 [...]

After Hearing, Capitol Police Arrest Lawyer for Shouting Question at Clapper About NSA Surveillance

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 6:17 pm

Shahid Buttar, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), was arrested by Capitol police at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. In video posted by the peace group, CODEPINK, Buttar shouts a question about NSA surveillance [...]

Former NSA Director’s Favorite Blogger Was Invited to Give Constitution Day Speech at NSA

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:25 am

The National Security Agency marked Constitution Day in September by inviting one of the United States national security state’s most favorite bloggers, Benjamin Wittes, who is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, to give a speech. The address was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wittes had intended to post his unclassified speech soon after but was [...]

Judge Recommends Suppression of Evidence FBI Agents Obtained by Impersonating Internet Repairmen

By: Monday February 2, 2015 8:05 pm

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that evidence FBI agents obtained by impersonating internet repairmen be suppressed. The agents failed to disclose to another federal magistrate judge that they would be employing a “DSL disruption ruse” to gain entry, without a warrant, to a Caesars Palace villa, where agents believed two men were engaged in [...]

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 [...]

Along With Hackers & Terrorists, GCHQ Considers ‘Investigative Journalists’ a Threat

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:13 am

Documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the British spy agency, GCHQ, listed “investigative journalists” as a threat alongside hackers and terrorists in an “information security assessment.” Another batch of files indicated the agency had collected emails from journalists working in the United States and United Kingdom. The Guardian’s James Ball reported [...]

FBI Has Either Lied to Public About Its Drone Program or Inaccurately Defended Need for Secrecy

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 4:11 pm

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents [...]

Lawyers: Government’s Position on FBI Impersonating Repairmen to Conduct Searches a ‘Grave Threat to Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 1:29 pm

Attorneys defending eight men charged with being involved in illegal gambling are seeking to prevent the government from using evidence FBI agents allegedly obtained through three warrantless searches and argue the government’s position in the case “presents a grave threat to privacy.” Agents are accused of cutting off DSL internet service to private hotel rooms [...]

Voiceprints: Time to Be Afraid Again

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:15 am

The end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as intention. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPRO from 1956 to at least 1971, for example – do not fully understand [...]

Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 8:23 am

The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the People from their government. That’s quite literally becoming history today as new challenges, now from local law enforcement, chip away at the Fourth Amendment’s protections of privacy. New laws and devices spread spying on Americans to the local level. A Brief Explanation of Post-Constitutional America The [...]

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