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  • The Constitution Will Not Protect You From the TRACE Act

    05/19/2020 1:21:30 PM PDT · by Thalean · 64 replies
    American Greatness ^ | May 16, 2020 | Spencer P. Morrison
    Congress is considering H.R. 6666, the “Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone Act” (“TRACE Act”), a bill by U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. The bill ostensibly would achieve that goal by creating “mobile health units” to “conduct diagnostic testing . . . trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals” and then “support the quarantine of such contacts”—all at the cost of $100 billion. Rush says that “increased testing and contact tracing is the only way we will get back normal and safely reopen our economy.” Essentially, Rush’s position—which is echoed by the bulk...
  • State of Louisiana Will Hire Hundreds of Louisianans as Contact Tracers to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

    05/11/2020 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Uncle Sham · 34 replies
    Today, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health outlined a plan for COVID-19 testing and tracking that would hire as many as 700 Louisianans to serve as “contact tracers,” interviewing and advising people who have tested positive to determine who in their lives could also be at risk. This week, LDH signed a contract with Accenture and Salesforce to manage Louisiana’s contact tracing process, using two Louisiana-based call centers with 100 percent Louisiana agents. The training for these contact tracers will be managed by LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. While hiring will be statewide the initial locations...

    05/07/2020 8:38:29 PM PDT · by MNDude · 13 replies
    This cop is a must see. He is reaching out to other cops telling them to stop trampling on the rights of Americans.
  • How Wake County is using location data from phones to evaluate stay-at-home, social distancing mandates

    04/17/2020 3:40:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    See BS 17 ^ | 4/16/20 | Mackenzie Stasko
    RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County is relying on cell phone data to see if people are social distancing and following the stay-at-home order. “We have various metrics that we use including anonymous cell phone data that shows that the overwhelming majority of Wake Couny residents are staying at home,” said Wake County Commissioner Chairman Greg Ford. Wake County’s Emergency Operation Center is keeping track by monitoring public websites from Google and Unacast. They compile anonymous cell phone data and break it down by each individual state to track where people go, for how long, and with how many people....
  • Schiff claims 'immunity' in bid to keep impeachment phone subpoenas secret

    03/20/2020 4:57:00 AM PDT · by RKV · 45 replies
    Just the News ^ | 20 March 2020 | Alex Nitzberg
    The House Intelligence Committee and its chairman Adam Schiff invoked “sovereign immunity” in a motion to dismiss a Judicial Watch lawsuit seeking to obtain controversial phone records subpoenas issued during the Trump impeachment inquiry. The committee’s subpoenas of phone records ultimately led to the publication of multiple Americans’ phone records, including those of reporter John Solomon, California Rep. Devin Nunes, the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others.
  • Does This Picture Mean the 4th Amendment Is Dead?

    02/20/2020 3:55:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 26, 2020 | Jim Harper
    The language of the Fourth Amendment strongly suggests that warrants are required for searches, and the Supreme Court has permitted only narrow exceptions to the warrant requirement.Last week, The New York Times reported on a facial recognition technology company offering law enforcement, federal government agencies, and companies the ability to identify people simply by uploading a photograph. Clearview AI has compiled more than three billion images by scanning Facebook and other platforms. It analyzes uploaded facial images and returns public photos that match the photo subject, along with links to where those photos appeared. Clearview’s service, says the Times, “could...
  • Companies Join With Government to Erase Fourth Amendment Privacy Protections

    01/29/2020 2:44:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 28, 2020 | Bob Barr
    In years gone by there existed an understanding that one’s personal information surrendered to private companies was a voluntary choice – the “cost,” if you will, to obtaining the benefit of a company’s goods or services. Importantly – and constitutionally – such a “trade off” was far different from the government obtaining personal and private information by way of surveillance or other information-gathering actions undertaken without a warrant. There was a relatively clear line between private company collection of personal information voluntarily provided, and the government gathering such information without one’s knowledge or consent. Today, that “line” has been blurred...
  • 4th Amendment

    12/12/2019 6:07:03 PM PST · by Dacula · 20 replies
    Self | 12-12-19 | Dacula
    A few days ago our state police were chasing a speeding vehicle suspect of possibly dealing in drugs. The driver and his passenger exited the highway and crashed. One suspect was immediately caught the other is still on the run. While searching for the suspect the police entered a home where they believed the suspect to be. No one was home and the suspect was not there. Do the police have the right to enter the home without a warrant and search the home?
  • Ex-Central Texas cop involved in deadly no-knock raid sentenced

    12/02/2019 2:05:12 PM PST · by bgill · 31 replies
    kwtx ^ | Dec. 2, 2019 | Brandon Hamilton
    James Scott Reed, 40, died early in the morning on Feb. 27 in an exchange of gunfire with police after Killeen officers executed a no-knock search and arrest warrant at around 6 a.m. at a duplex at 215 West Hallmark Ave. SWAT officers were met by gunfire as they entered the residence, police said. During the raid, Custance, who was indicted in June, fired into the rear of the residence and then later attempted to conceal or reload the rifle magazine in order to hide the fact he fired the rounds, investigators determined. The shots didn’t hit anyone, but firing...
  • Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

    11/25/2019 1:31:56 PM PST · by bkopto · 56 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 11/11/2019 | Sophia Cope, Adam Schwartz, Abdullah Hasan
    In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional. The ruling came in a lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and ACLU of Massachusetts, on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without individualized suspicion at U.S. ports of entry. “This ruling significantly advances Fourth Amendment protections for millions of international travelers who enter the United States every year,”...
  • A middle finger to Red Flag laws - do they really expect us to keep all of our guns in one place?

    08/28/2019 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Enge1934 · 55 replies
    Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love pvc. Sometimes you just have to admire the chutzpah of the Commie-Democratic party. They live in an insane fantasy world were unicorns leap over rainbow pride flags and we are all just one more law away from living in complete peace and harmony. The only thing is that one law keeps on changing, this time around it’s magic of confiscating guns with red flag laws. To hear them talk, all they need is the power to send in a SWAT team in at 3:00 AM on a no-knock warrant, kill everyone...
  • Red Flag Gun Laws: Connecticut Man's Firearms Seized Because His Son Shared A Meme On Facebook

    08/25/2019 9:18:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 8/23/2019 | Tyler Durden
    Due to the recent mass shootings, there is a major push for so-called “red flag” gun laws at both the state and federal levels. These laws are the latest tool for gun control advocates to confiscate guns from people based upon only tips and suspicion. No crime has to be committed to trigger an investigation or confiscation. Red flag laws violate multiple rights protected by our constitution. The Hill has an excellent article on how red flag laws violate more than the 2nd Amendment, including: What could possibly go wrong? Story at
  • Mass Surveillance: 1 in 2 Americans Are Already In A Government Facial Recognition Database

    08/21/2019 11:02:21 PM PDT · by Windflier · 7 replies
    Activist Post ^ | August 2, 2019 | Mac Slavo
    The mass surveillance of innocent Americans continues as George Orwell’s 1984 becomes more of a reality with each passing day. “All told, we are barreling toward a future where every ritual of public life carries implicit consent to be surveilled,” writes Sidney Fussell for The Atlantic. A new report from Georgetown Law‘s Center on Privacy & Technology (CPT) suggests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be using the rampant problem of illegal immigration as a type of cover to track and spy on Americans in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights. Three years ago, the center revealed that nearly...
  • Man shot and killed after breaking into tent in Stanislaus National Forest

    07/14/2019 9:59:04 AM PDT · by norcal joe · 57 replies
    SFGate ^ | July 14, 2019 | Christopher Salas
    The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a Watsonville man who broke into a couple's tent Thursday morning. The shooting happened in the Stanislaus National Forest at Deadman Campground. Police say the 36-year-old Watsonville man entered an unassociated couple's tent around 2 a.m. and the woman woke up to the Watsonville man on top of her. The woman yelled to wake her boyfriend up,and the Watsonville man was shot after a confrontation. No arrests have been made.
  • The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems

    04/25/2019 3:28:06 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 71 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2019
    The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges. An array of cases suggest serious problems with the tech tools used by federal authorities. But the private entities who developed these tools won't submit them for independent inspection or hand over hardly any information about how they work, their error rates, or other critical information. As a result, potentially innocent people are being smeared as pedophiles and prosecuted as child porn collectors, while potentially guilty people are going free so these companies...
  • Federal appeals court says tire-chalking by parking enforcement officers is unconstitutional

    04/22/2019 7:39:27 PM PDT · by kingu · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 at 6:45 PM | Fred Barbash
    The age-old parking enforcement practice of tire-chalking is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment’s bar on unreasonable searches. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in a first-of-its-kind decision, ruled that marking a car’s tires to gather information is a form of trespass requiring a warrant, similar to police attaching a GPS to a vehicle to track a suspected drug dealer.
  • Washington Court: Refusing To Let Cops Enter Home Without Warrants Isn't Obstruction [Updated]

    04/19/2019 3:50:40 PM PDT · by Twotone · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 19, 2019 | Nick Sibilla
    UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order that amended the lead opinion by striking out its conclusion and replacing it with the following: “ “We in the lead opinion would hold the city presented insufficient evidence to sustain [Solomon] McLemore’s conviction and remand to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. However, we recognize this opinion has garnered only four signatures. ‘Therefore, there being no majority for the reversal of the judgment of the trial court, it necessarily stands affirmed, and the order of this court is that the judgment appealed from be...
  • Christmas bomber case appeal challenges NSA surveillance

    07/06/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/06/2016 | Kristena Hansen | AP
    Mohamud is appealing his 2013 conviction on grounds that he was entrapped by undercover federal agents posing as al-Qaida members and the warrantless surveillance of his foreign communications violated his constitutional rights. It marks the first time a federal appeals court is considering whether the National Security Agency’s foreign surveillance programs — the same ones that came under scrutiny after the Edward Snowden leaks a few years ago — violate the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. Stephen Sady, Mohamud’s public defender, and another attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court for a new trial on grounds...
  • Why we moved our servers to Iceland (outstanding!)

    03/30/2019 4:18:15 AM PDT · by vannrox · 38 replies
    simple analytics ^ | Adriaan van Rossum | 30mar19
    This is an amazing post of how an American company needed to move their operations outside of the USA in order to prove fourth amendment protections to their American clients. Read, learn and cry at what is left of our once great republic. Why we moved our servers to Iceland 30 Mar 2019 - Adriaan van Rossum - Help improve this post As the founder of Simple Analytics, I have always been mindful for the need of trust and transparency for our customers. We would like to be held accountable for our customers needs, so they can sleep in peace....
  • Dr. Rand Paul Releases Statement on Barr Nomination

    02/13/2019 8:48:03 AM PST · by RandFan · 66 replies
    Rand Paul ^ | Rand Paul
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) released the following statement after voting against cloture on the nomination of William Barr to become the next U.S. Attorney General: “I am unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination to be the next Attorney General. While I support President Trump and have supported most of his nominees, I have too many concerns about the record and views of this nominee. Bill Barr was a leading proponent of warrantless surveillance, and his overall record on the Fourth Amendment is troubling to me. I remain concerned that Bill Barr does not agree with...