With the rise of the drones comes the rise of several critical questions of Constitutionality of their potential uses. One of the most crucial of those inquiries concerns the application of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unlawful searches and seizures” and the requirement that warrants be supported by affidavits “particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fighting to defend a law he signed in January that permits betting on professional sporting events. Though Christie has bipartisan support for the law in the state government and support amongst New Jersey residents, several major sporting leagues are suing the state, asserting that the law undermines federal law and threatens to undermine the nature of sports and the relationship between teams and their fans.
The U.S. government exercises control over a massive and technologically advanced surveillance system that has the capacity to keep nearly the entire population of this country under the watchful eye of government 24 hours a day.
TrapWire is the name of this newly revealed network of cameras and other surveillance tools being utilized by a federal government that is rapidly constructing an impenetrable, inescapable theater of surveillance, most of which is going unnoticed by Americans and unreported by the mainstream media.
A petition about the screening procedures used by the Transportation Security Administration at airports was removed from the White House “We the People” website just before it reached the necessary 25,000 signatures to compel the Obama administration to issue a public response. The site holding the petition also went down for “maintenance” after an article on Wired.com called attention to the petition.
On August 8, U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema denied a CIA whistleblower’s motion to dismiss for vagueness and overbreadth charges brought against him by the Obama administration charging him with disclosing to journalists the identities of CIA agents he alleges were involved in interrogating suspected “terrorists.”
John Kiriakou was an agent with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who was indicted earlier this year by a federal grand jury for disclosing to reporters the name of another CIA asset who was tasked with interrogating alleged al-Qaeda financier, Abu Zybaydah.
A group of concerned citizens known as PANDA (People Against the National Defense Act), formed in January 2012, has organized protests nationwide against the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. PANDA Indiana has scheduled a march against the National Defense Authorization Act today to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.
The Army colonel presiding over the trial of five men accused of participating in the attacks of September 11, 2001 has ruled that attorneys for a consortium of media and civil liberties organizations may argue for increased transparency in the proceedings.
The lawyers for the 14 media groups (including the American Civil Liberties Union) filed motions with the military tribunal challenging a previously entered order that prevented publication of testimony considered “secret.”
Imagine that the U.S. government had the power to scour the reams of public records and collect and collate every bit of personal information about every citizen of this country. Now imagine that any of the various intelligence and security agencies within the government could combine that data with any other information about a person that has been posted to a social media website or compiled by one of the many data aggregating companies that keep tabs on all of us.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's bill to protect citizens from surveillance by drones needs 48 more cosponsors in order to rein in the Supreme Court's approvals of such surveillance.
About a year ago, a federal appeals court ordered the deeply unpopular Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to obey the law and hold public hearings on its widely loathed “naked body scanners.” The massive bureaucracy flouted the judicial order and has so far failed to comply. This week, however, the court demanded that the Department of Homeland Security explain itself by the end of the month.
A coalition of TSA critics including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) originally sought to have the nude scanners removed from airports on constitutional grounds, alleging a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Other opponents also said the pornographic machines violate the right to privacy.
Opponents of Sharia Law think the Obama administration will ditch the First Amendment to protect Islam. And Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) put Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez on the hot seat during a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution.