Federal Appeals Court Hears Argument on Warrantless GPS Tracking

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 2:25 pm

A federal appeals court is hearing argument over whether the government should have to obtain a warrant before using GPS tracking. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is in court to argue against warrantless GPS tracking. The case is US v. Katzin. As ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump describes: In 2010, hoping to confirm their suspicion [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder: US Government Has Authority to Target & Kill US Citizens on US Soil

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 6:28 pm

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who sent three letters to CIA director nominee John Brennan requesting an answer on “whether the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil,” finally received an answer from Attorney General Eric Holder. The answer indicates the [...]

Judge Clears Federal Officials of Wrongdoing in Harsh Confinement of Muslims Immediately After 9/11

By: Friday January 18, 2013 11:32 am

A federal judge dismissed complaints in a lawsuit alleging former Justice Department officials violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, sought to hold the officials accountable for subjecting the immigrants to harsh confinement on the [...]

The Problem with Tim Weiner’s Praise for FBI Director Robert Mueller

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 12:22 pm

A book published by Pultizer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner titled Enemies: A History of the FBI and out for a month and a half now continues to attract attention, as it is one of the most definitive accounts of the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ever produced.  The author and his book [...]

NCTC’s New Guidelines: Keeping Information on US Citizens Longer Will Encourage Fishing Expeditions

By: Friday March 23, 2012 6:01 pm

Guidelines for how long officials at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), a “clearinghouse” for terrorism established after the September 11th attacks, are being expanded to allow for the retention of information on US citizens with no ties to terrorism. The expanded guidelines allow for the NCTC to hold information for up to five years instead [...]

FBI Chief’s Problem with Needing Warrants for GPS Tracking

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:27 pm

(update below) The Supreme Court handed down a victory for civil liberties in January when it ruled police could not attach GPS devices to a suspect’s car for tracking without a search warrant. Now, FBI director Robert Mueller is troubled and he wants everyone to know the Court’s decision to uphold privacy presents a distinct [...]

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