It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal how the investigations were started.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 16, 2013 1:22 pm|
|By: Norman Solomon Monday September 30, 2013 6:23 pm|
To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So — to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother’s vast responsibilities — the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption.
The NSA’s surveillance programs are exempt from a government shutdown. With typical understatement, an unnamed official told The Hill that “a shutdown would be unlikely to affect core NSA operations.”
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday September 24, 2013 4:27 pm|
In the U.S. these days, privacy is so been-there-done-that. Just this week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret outfit that hears only the government side of any argument and has generally been a rubberstamp for surveillance requests, declassified an opinion backing the full-scale collection and retention of the phone records (“metadata”) of American citizens. That staggering act was, the judge claimed, in no way in violation of the Fourth Amendment or of American privacy. She also gave us a little peek at corporate courage in our brave new surveillance world, writing that “no holder of records [i.e., telecommunications company] who has received an order to produce bulk telephony metadata has challenged the legality of such an order.”
|By: Mike German Sunday August 4, 2013 1:59 pm|
“If your image of American policing is Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor, who used homespun wisdom and a deep knowledge of his community to solve their problems and keep big city crime at bay, you won’t recognize the picture Radley Balko paints of modern law enforcement in his excellent new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.”
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday July 23, 2013 8:00 pm|
Sometimes the American justice system works! And when it does, it makes me want to spin around, tear off my clothes and slide down a pole! Possibly exotic dancer Tara Mishra feels the same, if not more so since U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ordered Nebraska State Troopers to return over $1 million in cash to the stripper.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 16, 2013 3:10 pm|
Nineteen organizations including Calguns Foundation, a gun owners group, and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, have come together to file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) for violating their right to freedom of association under the First Amendment by collecting and storing, in bulk, data from their members’ call records.
|By: DSWright Monday July 8, 2013 6:40 am|
Nothing exemplifies an open society like secret laws. According to a report by the New York Times, an entire new body of law has been created, in secret, to govern the NSA’s operations. The FISA court, under dubious pretexts, has rewritten the Fourth Amendment.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 20, 2013 8:36 am|
The National Security Agency’s response to the public revelations that tech firms are collaborating on PRISM and other legally dubious spying programs is simple – give the companies legal immunity.
|By: Norman Solomon Friday June 7, 2013 2:10 pm|
Dear Senator Feinstein:
On Thursday, when you responded to news about massive ongoing surveillance of phone records of people in the United States, you slipped past the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you seem to be in the habit of treating the Bill of Rights as merely advisory.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 3, 2013 1:05 pm|
In the landmark case of Maryland v. King, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that a warrant is not needed to take your DNA. According to the Court, the police can take a DNA swab from individuals arrested for serious crimes simply as part of the booking procedure.