A number of organizations and individuals have decided to support an appeal in a lawsuit against spying against American Muslims by the New York Police Department.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 11, 2014 9:01 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00 pm|
he American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals.
The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law enforcement agencies as well as private actors to collect and report information that has a potential nexus to terrorism in the form of so-called ‘suspicious activity reports [SARs].’”
Any individual who is flagged as having a “potential nexus to terrorism” will automatically be subject to “law enforcement scrutiny.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 8, 2014 3:30 pm|
The family of a fifteen year-old Palestinian-American, who was brutally beaten by Israeli police, have issued a demand to the Israeli government to release Tarek Abu Khdeir from house arrest so that he can return to Tampa, Florida, where he lives.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am|
For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:55 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 18, 2014 10:22 am|
A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshal’s Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would not be able to get them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 6:00 pm|
A federal appeals court has ruled that “cell site location information is within the subscriber’s reasonable expectation of privacy” and that gathering such information without a warrant violates a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 19, 2014 7:57 am|
The city of Aurora, Colorado, and police are being sued for what attorneys describe as a “more-than-two-hour mass roundup of innocent men, women and children at a traffic section” when officers were attempting to catch a bank robber.
|By: Crane-Station Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:45 pm|
The militarization of US domestic police is evident in recruitment advertising and beyond. Through government grants, police are receiving military equipment that is fit for wartime combat, to use in civilian domestic communities. Civil law and civil rights are evidently suspended, and a form of military justice by police, or what some call a police state is the new norm.