VICTORY! Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

VICTORY! Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional 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.…

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ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition

ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition By Aaron Kesel The ACLU has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies, making claims that the government is improperly withholding information on how it uses a facial recognition database on millions of Americans. The civil rights organization also asks for a “federal court to intervene and order the FBI and related agencies to turn over all records concerning their use of face recognition technology,” according to a legal document. “Because of…

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Police Essentially Ask Federal Court to Let Them Use Excessive Force Even if Suspect is 100% Compliant

Police Essentially Ask Federal Court to Let Them Use Excessive Force Even if Suspect is 100% Compliant By Matt Agorist (TRI) — Oklahoma police have asked a federal court to support their claim that citizens who comply with police during an arrest do not have a clearly established right to be free from police brutality. The police’s justification of the use of excessive force, even in the absence of provocation, were made in a motion by City of Muskogee police seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by attorneys for…

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With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

With Little Fanfare, William Barr Formally Announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program By Whitney Webb Last Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a memorandum to all U.S. attorneys, law enforcement agencies and top ranking Justice Department officials announcing the imminent implementation of a new “national disruption and early engagement program” aimed at detecting potential mass shooters before they commit any crime. Per the memorandum, Barr has “directed the Department [of Justice] and the FBI to lead an effort to refine our ability to identify, assess and engage potential mass shooters before…

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The USA PATRIOT Act: The Story of an Impulsive Bill that Eviscerated America’s Civil Liberties

The USA PATRIOT Act: The Story of an Impulsive Bill that Eviscerated America’s Civil Liberties By Sam Jacobs The USA PATRIOT Act provides a textbook example of how the United States federal government expands its power. An emergency happens, legitimate or otherwise. The media, playing its dutiful role as goad for greater government oversight, demands “something must be done.” Government power is massively expanded, with little regard for whether or not what is being done is efficacious, to say nothing of the overall impact on our nation’s civil liberties. No…

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The US Wants Your DNA: The Dark Underside of Genetics

The US Wants Your DNA: The Dark Underside of Genetics By Janet Phelan Recent plans revealed by the Trump administration to collect the DNA of migrants at the border have evoked a significant reaction from the ACLU and other groups. In a recent mass email, the ACLU posited the following as indicative of what could happen if this DNA collection were allowed to progress: The Justice Department is claiming it will help solve crimes, but history shows us that the government often abuses mass surveillance tools to violate fundamental rights.…

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Reinstating Justice in a Climate of Diminishing Rights

Reinstating Justice in a Climate of Diminishing Rights By Janet Phelan It is clear to many who are inflicted with abuses by our legal system that we are dealing with state-sponsored crimes. Judges are breaking the law all too often in their actions on the bench and have immunity for so doing. Prosecutorial misconduct has become rampant and police seem to have a “Get out of Jail Free” card for many of their crimes against citizens, including murder. It is generally the case, with a few well-publicized exceptions, that the…

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U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide

U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide By Aaron Kesel A U.S. Senator called for an end to facial recognition in airports due to lack of oversight on the technology. Meanwhile, facial recognition is spreading across the U.S. in schools everywhere according to a report. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up several issues with facial recognition technologies and warned against moving forward without sufficient protections for data being collected, during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science…

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Surveillance Partners: Amazon Ring and Police Departments

Surveillance Partners: Amazon Ring and Police Departments By Michael Boldin The company has partnered with 400-500 departments – and provides direct access to surveillance footage through a special “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. So far, police are requesting permission from owners – but how long will that last?  SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400…

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News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine

News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine By Joe Wright For a number of years now, I have been chronicling the ever-widening use of “The Constitution-Free Zone” by Border Patrol agents in the name of immigration enforcement. Papers Please: “Daily Citizenship Checks” on Buses Across Maine Highlight Constitution-Free Zone New York’s Constitution-Free Zone Leading to Warrantless Bus Searches and Detentions Greyhound Bus Under Fire As More Reports Of Immigration Searches and Detentions Surface Citizenship Checkpoints Start to Spread Across The Constitution-Free Zone The…

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