EFF: Congress Shamefully Passes CISPA; Stop US Senate

CISPA is a poorly drafted bill that would provide a gaping exception to bedrock privacy law

NYCLU Demands Police Records on License Plate Readers

Every License Plate Reader photo is time, date and GPS-stamped, stored and sent to a database,

Stop NYPD Stop and Frisk? NYCLU has a App for That

NYCLU Releases “Stop and Frisk Watch” Phone App to Fight Back Against NYPD Stops The New York Civil Liberties Union today unveiled “Stop and Frisk Watch” – a free and innovative smart phone application that will empower New Yorkers to monitor police activity and hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police […]

Prez hopeful Stein (G) calls on Obama to veto Defense Authorization as “expensive, un-American”

Jill Stein said today that if she were president she would veto the pending National Defense Authorization Bill as needlessly expensive and because it violates civil liberties by restricting the constitutional right to a fair trial.  Jill Stein also supports major cuts in the “massive, bloated military budget.” Stein is running for president as a Green […]

EdgeLeft: J. Edgar (movie), a review by David McReynolds

J. Edgar (directed by Clint Eastwood, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer) EdgeLeft: J. Edgar, A Review by David McReynolds (an occasional column, which may be distributed, reprinted and otherwise used without permission) J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) who, depending on your politics, looked much like a toad  . . .or a bulldog. . . was without […]

An Occupy Wall Street Idea: Poems For Police

Occupiers Should Have Two Poems In Their Pockets I have been watching LiveStream video of Occupy Wall Street and other occupations fairly obsessively. I aspire to be an eye witness, who will discourage the government from doing bad things to protesters. I try to e-mail my friends when important things are happening, like the fairly […]

Obama has been a disaster for civil liberties

IW:  For civil libertarian “lesser evil” voters — like ant-war lesser evil voters — Obama is the greater evil. Protecting individual rights and liberties — apart from the right to be tax-free — seems barely relevant to candidates or voters. One man is primarily responsible for the disappearance of civil liberties from the national debate, […]

TSA sinks to new low: Inspects adult diaper of 95 year-old cancer patient

(excerpt from) The Daily News TSA checks grandma’s ‘Depends’ Last Updated: 7:10 AM, June 27, 2011 Transportation Safety Administration screeners in Florida forced a 95-year-old cancer patient in a wheelchair to remove her adult diaper so it could be inspected, it was reported yesterday… Kimberly writes: Homeland security, the TSA, and citizens who believe that […]

NYCLU Challenges Illegal Stop & Frisk of Livery Cab Passengers

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s unlawful practice of detaining, questioning and searching innocent New Yorkers – particularly blacks, Latinos and other non-whites – who are riding in livery cars. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, maintains that the NYPD is using its […]

Green Party Renews Call for Moratorium on Tasers in Suffolk

“The Green Party of Suffolk is outraged to discover that Suffolk County has continued using Tasers against its residents,” said its chair Roger Snyder. “It is inconceivable that Suffolk has continued to use Tasers given the questions about the Taser-related death of Darryl Bain  in 2009.” Snyder repeated the Green Party’s plan to protect the […]

Airport security outrage: Former Miss USA Says TSA Agent ‘Touched My Vagina’

Susie Castillo’s website is: here. (excerpt from) Chicago Tribune Former Miss USA Says TSA Agent ‘Touched My Vagina’

Video: Our government frisks innocent, 6-year-old girl

KW: If you watch this video — which it is hard to do — you will see how the techniques the TSA uses to convince the child to succombe to this search, and feel assured, could be modeled by any child molester. This is very bad for our children, and our country. (In some places […]

Obama Kills The Fourth Amendment » American Civil Liberties Union

In 1994 the FBI decided it needed a surveillance system built into the telephone network to enable it to listen to any conversation with the flip of a switch. Congress obliged by passing the Communication Assistance to Law Enforcement Act CALEA, forcing the telecoms to rebuild their networks to be “wiretap ready.” Seventeen years later, […]

The TSA groped former Governor Jesse Ventura

(excerpt from) UPI Ventura sues TSA over airport patdown Published: Jan. 25, 2011 at 1:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is suing the Transportation Security Administration for allegedly violating his privacy rights during an airport patdown… The suit names the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, […]

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