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  • Underclothes That Display The 4th Amendment When X-Rayed by TSA

    04/24/2017 10:08:23 PM PDT · by vannrox · 43 replies
    Laughing Squid ^ | 29NOV10 | Scott Beale
    4th Amendment Wear is a series of underclothes that have the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution printed on them with metallic ink that so that it will show up when worn through a TSA X-Ray machine. The clothes are designed as a silent protest against the new reality of being searched to the point where we’re basically naked. We don’t intend for this to be anything more than a thought-provoking way to fuel the debate about safety vs. civil liberties. If we sell a few items, great. But the main intention is to open more dialogue. It’s more...
  • Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91

    01/08/2017 9:49:16 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2017 | By Robert D. McFadden
    Nat Hentoff, the author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays on free speech, wayward politics, elegant riffs and the sweet harmonies of the Constitution, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His son, Nick, announced the death on Twitter. Mr. Hentoff wrote for The Village Voice for 50 years, and produced articles for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Down Beat magazine and dozens of other publications. He wrote more than 35 books — novels, volumes for young...
  • Minnesota Supreme Court finds implied-consent law for drunken drivers constitutional

    02/11/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2-11-15 | David Chanen
    Despite national court decisions limiting police in obtaining a blood-alcohol sample without a warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doing so doesn’t violate the state and U.S. Constitutions. As a result, in Minnesota, a suspected drunken driver can still be charged with refusing a breath or blood test if arresting officers believe there’s enough evidence to get a search warrant to require the test — even if they don’t obtain the warrant. Only a few states have a similar implied-consent law. The issue, which reached the state Supreme Court in a case involving William Bernard Jr., has been...
  • Radar technology that allows police to 'see' inside homes raises fresh concerns from judges, etc.

    01/19/2015 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2015 | David McCormack
    * At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people's homes * The technology has been available for more than two years, but only come to light during a federal appeals court hearing in Denver last month * The use of the technology adds to growing concerns about government surveillance and also raises legal and privacy issuesAt least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people’s homes and determine if anyone is inside. Although the FBI, U.S....
  • Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police

    12/26/2014 7:31:29 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 90 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 12-26-14 | John Whitehead
    In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens' Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a "reasonable" mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law....
  • You Won’t Believe What These Americans Think We Celebrate on Independence Day (Video)

    07/04/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-04-2014 | TRN
    Radio show host Edward Woodson, took to the streets of South Florida to ask it’s citizens what we celebrate on the 4th of July.We need to seriously examine what we teach our kids in schools, and immigrants in the so-called “civics” tests they are required to take before becoming U.S. citizens. Brace yourselves... WATCH:
  • Minnesota Supreme Court forfeiture case could affect 'policing for profit'

    05/12/2014 12:11:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-12-14 | Hal Davis
    To the trial judge, the case of Daniel Garcia-Mendoza seemed to be a police stop based on "driving while Latino." Plymouth police officer Ryan Peterson said he was suspicious because "the driver had both hands on the steering wheel and was looking straight ahead." What's more, neither driver nor passenger "were looking at me." Checking the license plate, Peterson learned there was no driver's license listed for the car's owner. Peterson pulled over the 2003 Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on March 19, 2012. "Luckily for Peterson, perhaps," neither Garcia-Mendoza nor his passenger had a driver's license, the...
  • Police experiment with real-time universal surveillance

    04/14/2014 1:23:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2014 | JOHN HAYWARD
    The Surveillance State goes big in an article from Gizmodo, which describes early testing of a "God's-eye" system that collates information from multiple sources on the ground, giving the authorities what inventor Ross McNutt describes as "a live version of Google Earth, only with TiVo capabilities." What McNutt's system does grows more amazing, and perhaps more chilling, as you read more about how it works: It's sort of similar to what your average satellite can do—except, in this case, you can rewind the video, zoom in, and follow specific people and cars as they move around the grid. It's not...
  • U.S. Economy Grows 3.2% in 4Q

    01/30/2014 6:02:24 AM PST · by mykroar · 62 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 1/30/14 | Reuters
    Robust household spending and rising exports kept the U.S. economy on solid ground in the fourth quarter, but stagnant wages could chip away some of the momentum in early 2014. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, in line with expectations. While that was a slowdown from the third-quarter's brisk 4.1 percent pace, it was a far stronger performance than earlier anticipated and was welcome news in light of a 0.3 percentage point drag from October's partial government shutdown and a much smaller contribution to growth from a restocking by businesses....
  • Judge Upholds NSA Phone Snooping Program [ "reasonableness" is the liberal litmus test ]

    12/27/2013 1:08:49 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 19 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Dec 27,2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Today, a judge ruled that the NSA surveillance program that collects millions of American's phone calls is "lawful." The case was brought by the ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 13-03994 In his ruling, U.S District Judge Willian Pauley described how the government program "vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States." But went on to say that the program's constitutionality "is ultimately a question of reasonableness," and that there was no evidence that the government had used "bulk...
  • Warren Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start Over

    09/17/2013 8:32:42 AM PDT · by oxcart · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/17/13 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    You know things are bad for President Obama when even Warren Buffett has soured on Obamacare and says that "we need something else." Money Morning writes: "Healthcare costs in the United States are like a tapeworm eating at our economic body. "Those words come from famed investor Warren Buffett, who said he would scrap Obamacare and start all over. "'We have a health system that, in terms of costs, is really out of control,' he added. 'And if you take this line and you project what has been happening into the future, we will get less and less competitive. So...
  • American Exceptionalism: Pomp and Parade

    07/04/2013 9:56:20 AM PDT · by JERussell · 9 replies
    As Americans, our foundings should tug at our very souls and remind us who we are, and better yet, who we should strive to be.
  • IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    07/04/2013 7:28:37 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 60 replies
    The declaration of Independence ^ | July 4, 1776 | Good men
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...
  • Feds collecting personal, confidentialdata on consumer´s credit cards,bank transactions

    06/27/2013 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/27/13 | Paul Bedard
    The Obama administration, already under fire for the IRS scandal and National Security Agency snooping of the computers and cellphones of Americans, is also spending millions to have private contractors conduct a dragnet for confidential and personal credit and bank transactions without a warrant. Newly obtained documents from the Obama-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveal that the administration has OK'd a project to accumulate the personal financial data of some 5 million and share it with other agencies to build a "nationally representative panel of credit information on consumers for use in a wide range of policy research projects." The...
  • The Olmsteadian Seizure Clause(intangible property search/seizure and implications of the 4th)

    06/18/2013 5:40:47 PM PDT · by Vendome
    Call it the vacuum-cleaner approach. It's employed when police have obtained a court order and an Internet service provider can't "isolate the particular person or IP address" because of technical constraints, says Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. (An Internet Protocol address is a series of digits that can identify an individual computer.) That kind of full-pipe surveillance can record all Internet traffic, including Web browsing--or, optionally, only certain subsets such as all e-mail messages flowing through the network. Interception typically takes place inside an Internet provider's network at...
  • FBI turns to broad new wiretap method(New Method works like a vacuum)

    06/18/2013 5:23:09 PM PDT · by Vendome · 14 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 30, 2007 | Declan McCullagh
    Call it the vacuum-cleaner approach. It's employed when police have obtained a court order and an Internet service provider can't "isolate the particular person or IP address" because of technical constraints, says Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. (An Internet Protocol address is a series of digits that can identify an individual computer.) That kind of full-pipe surveillance can record all Internet traffic, including Web browsing--or, optionally, only certain subsets such as all e-mail messages flowing through the network. Interception typically takes place inside an Internet provider's network at...
  • Local Cops Following Big Brother's Lead, Getting Cell Phone Location Data Without a Warrant

    06/18/2013 12:55:23 PM PDT · by Vendome · 12 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ^ | April 3, 2012 | Hanni Fakhoury
    New data from law enforcement agencies across the country has confirmed what EFF has long been afraid of: while police are routinely using cell phone location tracking information, only a handful of agencies are bothering to obtain search warrants. Since 2005, we've been beating the drum loudly, warning that the government's attempts to track a person's physical location through their cell phone requires a search warrant. As we've said again and again, because cell phone tracking can give the government a snapshot of a person's life through their movements, a search warrant is necessary to safeguard against privacy intrusions.
  • ATT Project Greenstar Secretly Spied Millions of Calls

    06/18/2013 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Vendome · 6 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    EXPLODING THE PHONE The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell PHIL LAPSLEY Grove Press New York [pp. 92-97] If there were no billing records for fraudulent calls, there was no way to know how many fraudulent calls there were or how long they lasted. And that meant AT&T was gazing into the abyss. Say the phone company catches some college students with electronic boxes. Fantastic! But elation is soon replaced by worry. Is that all of them? Or is that just the tip of the iceberg? Are there another ten college students doing it? A...
  • History lessons on telecom and how we got here [gov spying on all citizens]

    06/18/2013 10:38:27 AM PDT · by Vendome · 58 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2013 | Vanity
    So I'm watching the news today and start seeing our illustrious Bureaucrats Out Right Lying about what they collect and what they don't.   They tell us today they don't collect locations of cell phone trawled for in pursuit of a target named in a warrant.   I want you to understand when they issue a warrant, many times, with "Reasonable Cause" They are violating the Constitution by: 1.  Using "Reasonable Cause" as the basis for a warrant.  The Constitution requires no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.   2.  supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the...
  • Thought experiment: Why is the NSA entitled any communications for any period of time?

    06/18/2013 9:46:44 AM PDT · by Vendome · 32 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    Freepers! Feel free to make the case for why the NSA, DOJ, DEA or FBI have any moral, legitimate, lawful, legal or Constitutional right to your private information for any reason given such Accidental or intentional purpose. Further, make the case when they collect your information why they are entitled to peruse it or store it for (5) five years or even a nanosecond.