Court: Judge ‘Disobeyed’ Statute, Defendant Shouldn’t Have Access to Secret Surveillance Records

By: Monday June 16, 2014 4:14 pm

A federal appeals court has overturned a first-of-its-kind ruling by a district court, which had granted a defendant access to secret surveillance records in his case. The court found the district court judge had “disobeyed” a statute and inappropriately decided to disclose materials to defense counsel.

 

The For-Profit Criminalization of Immigrants: Prison Contracts Require Placement in ‘Extreme Isolation’

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:57 am

The corporations make money incarcerating over 25,000 immigrants. Thousands are subjected to solitary confinement and denied medical care. The squalid conditions have spurred protests, hunger strikes and uprisings against abusive treatment, according to a multi-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Police Militarization: Fish Rot from the Head

By: Monday June 9, 2014 8:53 am

In an era where Big Government acts in open contempt of the rule of law, killing its own citizens without due process, torturing its people, recklessly spying on them and taking away their right to free speech, it is little surprise that Small Government seeks to do the same. Petty is what petty does. Much of this all manifests itself in the militarization of our police coupled with their criminalization of everything.

US Marshals Seize Copies of Local Cell Phone Tracking Records Requested by ACLU

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 3:05 pm

US marshals in Florida seized copies of local cell phone tracking records from the Sarasota Police Department, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter in the state had requested. The extraordinarily brazen act was a clear violation of public records law. And the ACLU quickly pushed for a temporary injunction from a judge to stop this from happening again.

The ACLU chapter was seeking records on police use of “Stingray” surveillance devices, which can be used to locate cell phone by acting a like a fake cellphone tower. The technology enables the “electronic equivalent of dragnet ‘general searches’ prohibited by the Fourth Amendment,” the ACLU argues.

Government Is Wrong to Impose Secrecy Denying Defendants Access to ‘Foreign Surveillance Materials’

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 7:59 am

Two prominent civil liberties organizations filed a brief urging a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting a young Muslim accused of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction” access to government surveillance records.

American Muslims Sue FBI for Allegedly Placing Them on No Fly List After They Refused to Become Informants

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 9:29 am

A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities.

Court: Improper for Judiciary to Decide Whether Killing US Citizens with Drones Violates Due Process Rights

By: Friday April 4, 2014 5:45 pm

A federal judge was unable to find any remedy in United States law for a claim that United States citizen’s due process rights were violated when they were targeted and killed by a drone. The case was dismissed because the judge determined the citizen had been properly designated a terrorist, posed a threat to US interests, and the judiciary should not interfere in the areas of “warmaking, national security and foreign relations.”

Local Law Enforcement Act Like CIA, Abuse Public Records Laws to Conceal ‘Stingray’ Surveillance

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 5:20 pm

More and more local law enforcement agencies in the United States are manipulating or abusing public records request laws in order to conceal whether they are using “Stingray” surveillance technology to collect data for law enforcement activities, even going so far as to pretend that records do not even exist.

Restrictive Eavesdropping Law Struck Down by Illinois State Supreme Court, Ruled Unconstitutional

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 12:15 pm

The court ruled that the eavesdropping law was unconstitutional. “The statute appears to be vague, restrictive and makes innocent conduct subject to prosecution,” an order from the court stated. Also, the statute “lacks a culpable mental state, subjects wholly innocent conduct to prosecution, and violates substantive due process” under both the United States and Illinois constitutions.

Marijuana Arrests Plummet in Washington State Because of Legalization

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 9:30 am

One major aspect of marijuana legalization is working exactly as intended by eliminating thousands of low level marijuana arrests. New information from Washington State shows that low level marijuana filings for adults over 21 in 2013 dropped to just 2% of what they were the year before legalization.

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