Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case That Would Have Challenged NSA Warrantless Surveillance of Lawyers

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 1:15 pm

Whether the warrantless surveillance program carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA) under President George W. Bush was legal is a question the United States Supreme Court is not going to answer.

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

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 6:40 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 first that any lawyer involved in cases against the government have heard this wild argument. Is it some kind of ham-handed attempt to help the NSA retain control of the phone records?

Why Should AP Withhold Name of Country Where US Might Launch Drone & Kill Another US Citizen?

By: Monday February 10, 2014 3:26 pm

A United States citizen, who happens to be a member of al Qaeda, is reportedly planning attacks on Americans who are overseas. The Associated Press reports, based on the comments of four anonymous United States officials, that President Barack Obama’s administration is contemplating how it can legally add this citizen to a “kill list” so he could be killed by a drone.

CNBC Misses Penny Pritzker-NSA Scoop at Davos

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 8:59 am

CNBC has been hanging out all week with all the cool kids at Davos. I happened to see bits and pieces of their coverage, and found like much like watching the E! network reporting on the Golden Globes, albeit without Joan Rivers. Even the CNBC folks cop to this comparison, given the headline to their roundup of links to a bunch of their interviews.

But if a scoop falls in your lap and no one notices, does it make a sound?

Judge Grants Relief to Woman Wrongly Included on ‘No Fly’ List—But Government Wants to Keep Secret

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 5:48 pm

A district court judge has issued an order which grants relief to a woman who was incorrectly included on the United States government’s “No Fly” list and had been denied due process when seeking to correct this mistake. However, the government would like the judge’s order to be kept secret.

Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Searches at US Border Is Dismissed by Federal Judge

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 3:57 pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the constitutionality of suspicionless searches and seizures of laptops and other electronics at the United States/Canadian border.

The ACLU claimed, “While traveling home to New York on an Amtrak train in May 2010, Pascal Abidor, an Islamic Studies Ph.D. student, was questioned, handcuffed, taken off the train and kept in a holding cell for several hours before being released without charge. When his laptop was returned 11 days later, there was evidence that many of his personal files, including research, photos, and chats with his girlfriend, had been searched.”

Muslim American Subjected to Rendition, Detention & Abuse Continues Effort to Hold FBI Agents Accountable

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and “harshly interrogated” by FBI agents.

AT&T Refuses to Disclose to Shareholders What Data It Shares With the NSA

By: Friday December 6, 2013 3:59 pm

AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, has informed shareholders it will not disclose any details on its dealings with the National Security Agency.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a “shareholder proposal” with AT&T after it was revealed in the news that the company is sharing data with the US government. It demanded that AT&T “publish semi-annual reports, subject to existing laws and regulation, providing metrics and discussion regarding requests for customer information by US and foreign governments, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information.”

The Inhumanity of Sentencing a Person to Life Without Parole for a Nonviolent Crime

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 5:40 pm

Sharanda Purlette Jones is an African-American woman, who has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. She is 45 years old and has a twenty-two year-old daughter named Clenesha Garland. She has no more appeals. A petition for commutation is pending. She was sentenced to life without parole for the nonviolent crimes involving crack cocaine, which “co-conspirators” told prosecutors she had committed.

FBI ‘Accidentally’ Investigated Anti-War Site For Six Years

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 7:40 am

When Eric Garris, the managing editor of antiwar.com, sent an email to the FBI requesting help in dealing with threats to hack his website he probably didn’t realize he was going to become the subject of the investigation. But that is exactly what happened as the FBI mistakenly identified Garris’ email about his own site as a threat against the FBI’s website.

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