In a letter published in Foreign Affairs, the official journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, Senator Carl Levin claims that the NDAA only reaffirms existing law and that America is safer since its enactment.
When most Americans think of surveillance drones, it conjures up an image of a Predator drone in a far-off land unleashing a missile against a terrorist suspect. The last thing they think of is a flying surveillance vehicle over their own city. But an increasing number of federal, state, county and municipal police departments are purchasing drone surveillance vehicles of one sort or another to watch Americans. And a few have even discussed arming the drones.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted qualified immunity to John Yoo, shielding him from liability for torture carried out using guidelines set by him while working in the George W. Bush Justice Department.
According to a lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute, the U.S. Forest Service is preventing the town of Tombstone, Arizona from repairing the pipelines that provide water to the town's residents.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that highway checkpoints of drivers who did not post city stickers in their windows is unconstitutional after one driver is found with marijuana during his vehicle search. The driver moved to have the evidence suppressed on the grounds it was not discovered during a legal stop, as there was no probable cause. The case went all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court, where the roadblocks were unanimously found to be illegal.