Appeal Filed in Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying on Muslims

By: Friday March 21, 2014 9:41 am

A group of Muslims in New Jersey, who are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates, have appealed a decision in a lawsuit against spying by the New York Police Department.

In February, federal Judge William J. Martini of the United States District Court of Newark accepted most if not all of the government’s arguments and dismissed a lawsuit alleging surveillance targeting Muslims explicitly was unconstitutional.

Beyond CIA & NSA Spying: Corruption

By: Monday March 17, 2014 3:30 pm

Even before open war erupted last week between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), embattled NSA officials had woven tangled skeins to downplay public crimes including lying to Congress.

Many observers have noted the double-standard apparent in Feinstein challenging the CIA while deferring to the NSA. Few have recognized that both the NSA’s pattern of spying and then lying about it, and the CIA’s trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up and then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.

Police Impunity and Law Enforcement’s Increasing Acceptance of Body-Mounted Cameras

By: Monday March 17, 2014 12:31 pm

Having more and more police wear body cameras could potentially increase accountability for police. However, whether law enforcement agencies adopt policies that allow officers to turn the cameras on and off whenever they want is a key issue.

Podcast: Oakland Planned Federally-Funded Citywide Total Surveillance System—But Citizens Fought Back

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 7:59 am

While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds to local law enforcement agencies to expand surveillance capabilities.

The Feinstein Syndrome: “The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee”

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 4:48 pm

Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: “Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?”

In Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance, Coalition Moves to Prevent Destruction of Evidence

By: Monday March 10, 2014 3:11 pm

Attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represent twenty-two organizations in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, have filed a motion to prevent the government from destroying any evidence related to the case. The evidence also apparently relates to other lawsuits against the NSA.

Snowden: Spy Services of EU Member States Independently Hawk Domestic Access to NSA, GCHQ

By: Friday March 7, 2014 11:45 am

As part of a European parliamentary committee’s inquiry into electronic massive surveillance on the citizens of European Union member states, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden provided testimony to the committee.

Snowden described to the committee how spy services in the EU cooperate with the NSA to monitor citizens in countries without ever having to admit that this surveillance is happening.

Judge Opens Door for Drone Society

By: Friday March 7, 2014 10:05 am

Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that attempts by the FAA to prevent the use of civilian drones below 400 feet were illegal given there was no administrative rule in place. This ruling opens the door for widespread use of civilian drones for photography, farming, and whatever else anyone wants to do really. It is worth noting that the ruling does not apply to larger drones that share space with airplanes and helicopters.

Late Night: Opera Bouffe

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 8:00 pm

It was comforting, back in the day, to think that once Bush was gone, this would all end.

NSA Director’s Comments Suggest Anti-Leaks Legislation Being Secretly Developed in Response to Snowden

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 7:00 pm

At a panel on cyber security at Georgetown University, the National Security Agency (NSA) director made statements that suggested the NSA has been working on some kind of “media leaks legislation.” The legislation would obviously be in response to the disclosures from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, but, until now, there has been no public indication that any anti-leaks legislation would be proposed in response to what Snowden disclosed.

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