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 [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Understanding Terrorism, the Surveillance State & How to Discuss Reform

By: Friday January 16, 2015 3:11 pm

[*Editor's Note: During his research for The Muslims Are Coming!, Arun Kundnani noted five books, which provide insightful understanding of the surveillance state along with the importance of public resistance. In the third part of this interview, Kundnani discusses briefly how academics define terrorism and approach the issue of Islamophobia. He then delves into the [...]

Supreme Court Asked to Decide if Terrorism Suspect Targeted by FBI Should Have Access to Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 3:57 pm

Lawyers for a man who was targeted by an FBI sting operation and charged with terrorism offenses have asked the United States Supreme Court to review their case to determine if an appeals court erred in denying access to material the government collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Adel Daoud is charged with [...]

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:33 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks defeated. Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. It is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power. [...]

US Government Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Against ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Monday October 20, 2014 12:47 pm

The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], a National Suspicious Activity [...]

Federal Appeals Court Rules Evidence from Warrantless GPS Tracking Does Not Have to Be Suppressed

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:59 pm

A federal appeals court ruled that law enforcement does not need to get a warrant in order to legally use evidence obtained from surveillance in a criminal case. The court also effectively endorsed consultation among officials in the executive branch instead of going to a judge for a warrant as “good faith” conduct. In 2010, [...]

Judge Rejects DOJ’s Secrecy Argument That Public Doesn’t Know How to Evade Location Tracking

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 5:39 pm

In a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for information related to government policies and procedures for law enforcement use of cell phone tracking, a federal judge has ordered the release of records, which the Justice Department sought to keep secret by claiming they would “alert law violators”—otherwise known as criminals—to how to [...]

Documents Reveal More Details on How US Intelligence Gets Around Regulations Against Spying on US Persons

By: Monday September 29, 2014 2:03 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union posted a trove of documents obtained in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information about an executive order President Ronald Reagan signed, which gives the government broad authority to engage in surveillance of international communications, including the communications of numerous Americans. One key “exemption” gives intelligence agencies the ability [...]

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by FDA Whistleblowers Against Officials for Retaliating & Spying on Them

By: Wednesday September 24, 2014 6:17 pm

A federal district court judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by former and current employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who spoke out against “serious managerial and medical misconduct” at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and were subsequently placed under surveillance by FDA officials. The judge determined the employees had [...]

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