Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 2:18 pm

The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.

Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say a Mr. Anderson committed a crime. This happens most commonly in drug cases.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Larry Getlen, Conversations with Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 1:59 pm

Author Larry Getlen gives a comprehensive account of a great man and his unique set of values. Conversations with Carlin feels intimate, but is broad in scope and even dense in certain areas. However, Carlin’s relaxed tone and verbal dexterity make reading it seem as if you are having some immortal yet casual exchange with the man himself.

Rep. Radel Shows Why the Drug War Has Been Allowed to Continue

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 12:48 pm

The recent arrest and conviction of Rep. Trey Radel for buying cocaine is a perfect example of why the terrible War on Drugs has been allowed to continue for so long. Wealthy and politically connected people are rarely if ever targeted by drug enforcement. When they are caught up in it almost by accident, the criminal justice system treats them with the softest kid gloves.

Boehner on Cocaine: One Law For Us, Another For Them

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:49 am

If Speaker Boehner has such a blase attitude towards the use of cocaine perhaps it is time to reexamine federal drug laws, otherwise he risks looking like an amazing hypocrite and moral coward.

Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts Speaks

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 10:46 am

In the Princess Bride, the Dread Pirate Roberts is not one person, but a series of people who pass the name to a chosen successor. Likewise, there’s no way to know if the person interviewed by Forbes’ Andy Greenberg is the one and only Dread Pirate Roberts, who runs the Bitcoin-based illegal drug trafficking site, Silk Road. In fact, the non-centralized, distributed nature of the Silk Road has been a key to its success as a dark web black market site — or at least their ability to elude DEA investigators.

Late Night: Teacher in Trouble–Fight for Your Rights (to Party)

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Golly Mr. Dryden, you’re my favorite teacher!

John Dryden, a high school teacher in Batavia, Illinois is in hot water for teaching his students about their rights, and for putting that lesson into action by informing students of their Fifth Amendment rights in connection with a survey asking about illegal drug use. The survey was ostensibly aimed at assessing the needs of students at Batavia High School except it asked about illegal drug use and students’ names were on each form! What’s a cool teacher to do?

Guns and Drugs: We Can Curb Gun Violence by Ending the War on Drugs

By: Saturday January 5, 2013 5:20 pm

When a hail of bullets extinguished dozens of lives at an elementary school last month, the ugly consequences of the nation’s gun culture shot into the media spotlight. The debate around gun control in the aftermath of Newtown has yielded confused policy proposals like further militarizing schools, or preemptively tracking mentally ill people.

But a key aspect of the gun-control debate remains hiding in plain sight.

FDL Movie Night: How to Survive a Plague

By: Monday September 24, 2012 5:00 pm

David France’s bold, powerful, heart-wrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the evolution of ACT UP NY and its Treatment Action Group (TAG), capturing the outrage, agony and activism that changed the social, political and medical fabric of the United States from the 1980s with the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Director/co-writer David France and Howard Gertler, one of the film’s producers, are our guests tonight.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jonathan D. Moreno, Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century

By: Sunday September 23, 2012 1:59 pm

Jonathan Moreno’s book is certainly timely, as military research into neuroscience and other brain and behavior-related research is certainly taking off. For instance, see this September 19 ExtremeTech article, “DARPA combines human brains and 120-megapixel cameras to create the ultimate military threat detection system.” (Readers will be glad to know Mind Wars has an entire chapter on the history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.)

Meanwhile Moreno asks the primary question: Is anyone minding the ethical store? Who is addressing the problems and dilemmas of subjugating science to national defense concerns?

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