Is the NSA Trying to Frighten Americans Into Dropping Lawsuits Against Dragnet Surveillance?

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 4:44 pm

The National Security Agency appears to have devised a process to discourage lawsuits challenging NSA surveillance. NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) director Theresa M. Shea submitted a “top secret” declaration to the court in two lawsuits brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The declaration was in response to concerns that the NSA was about to [...]

Obama Administration, Despite Pledges, Still Resists Release of Secret Legal Opinions on Surveillance

By: Friday May 2, 2014 10:12 am

Over the past months, President Barack Obama’s administration, especially Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, have postured themselves as being committed to some newfound level of government transparency in the aftermath of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures. The administration has significantly sought to downplay the fact that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the government [...]

‘People Carry Their Entire Lives on Cell Phones’—Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Police Searches

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 4:45 pm

The Supreme Court heard argument in two cases related to whether law enforcement must obtain a warrant to search a cell phone. In both cases, the justices seemed reluctant to impose a one-size-fits-all approach—either a prohibition on searches without a warrant or a categorical rule that would allow a search if it fit within a [...]

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 [...]

Police Impunity and Law Enforcement’s Increasing Acceptance of Body-Mounted Cameras

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:50 pm

Having more and more police wear body cameras could potentially increase accountability for police. However, whether law enforcement agencies adopt policies that allow officers to turn the cameras on and off whenever they want is a key issue. The Associated Press recently highlighted: …[t]he lack of clear guidelines on the cameras’ use could potentially undermine [...]

Justice Department Can Keep GPS Location Tracking Memos Secret, Court Rules

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 8:51 pm

A federal court has ruled that the Justice Department may keep secret two key memos, which the American Civil Liberties Union argues show how the government views when it can and cannot legally track Americans with GPS tracking devices. At a symposium hosted by the University of San Francisco Law Review on February 24, 2012, [...]

Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:47 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance. This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the [...]

Obama Lectures Those Outraged by NSA Surveillance Programs in Speech Announcing Reforms

By: Friday January 17, 2014 2:40 pm

The president delivered a speech on changes his administration would support to National Security Agency programs and policies, but what most stood out was not the announced reforms. It was how the speech focused on him and what he had done and how it seemed like he was lecturing Americans who have been outraged by [...]

My Doctor Can Disclose My Medical Records to the NSA Without My Authorization (and so can yours)

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 7:43 am

You can learn a lot about a person from their medical records– what’s that STD test all about? Mental health issues? Hiding a health problem from an employer? Terminated pregnancy? Had a medical issue that might expose your sexuality when you don’t wish to do so? Work for the military or government and trying to [...]

Obama to ‘Overhaul’ Security Clearances System, Not Surveillance Programs

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 10:26 am

When President Barack Obama delivers his speech on alleged surveillance reforms on Friday, he will not be suggesting measures that will truly prevent future abuse of surveillance powers. He will be advocating for reforms that could prevent another whistleblower like NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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