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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DNA Dragnets are Here: New Precedent for Government Access?

DNA Dragnets are Here: New Precedent for Government Access? By Michael Boldin Privacy experts are saying a warrant in Florida to allow police to search a massive DNA database could act as a new precedent, opening up all DNA sites to government access – a dystopian future come true. Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: November 8, 2019  SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes Your DNA Profile is Private? A Florida Judge Just Said Otherwise Warrant let police search online DNA database Federal DNA…

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A New Kind of Tyranny: The Global State’s War on Those Who Speak Truth to Power

A New Kind of Tyranny: The Global State’s War on Those Who Speak Truth to Power By John W. Whitehead “What happens to Julian Assange and to Chelsea Manning is meant to intimidate us, to frighten us into silence. By defending Julian Assange, we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny. The choice is ours.”—John Pilger, investigative journalist All of us are in danger. In an age of prosecutions for thought crimes, pre-crime deterrence programs,…

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Congress, Remember the 4th Amendment? It’s Time to Stop the U.S.-UK Agreement.

Congress, Remember the 4th Amendment? It’s Time to Stop the U.S.-UK Agreement. By Joe Mullin Unless Congress stops it, foreign police will soon be able to collect and search data on the servers of U.S. Internet companies. They’ll be able to do it without a probable cause warrant, or any oversight from a U.S. judge. This is all happening because of a new law enforcement deal between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. And while it seeks to exclude purely domestic correspondence between U.S. citizens and residents, plenty of Americans’…

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While You Slept, Government Created Internal Passports

While You Slept, Government Created Internal Passports By Peter C. Earle The deadline of yet another, and perhaps the most insidious, element of the post-9/11 initiatives (a partial list of which includes the establishment of the Transportation Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and a never-ending international war against a nebulously-defined, noncorporeal enemy, “terror”) is less than one year of coming to fruition. Beginning no later than October 1, 2020, citizens of all US states and territories will be required to have a Real ID compliant card or US…

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We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition

We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition By Michael Maharrey We’ve become increasingly comfortable with facial recognition technology. We use it to unlock our phones and to skip the security line at the airport. But the convenience of facial recognition is blinding us to its dangers. Georgetown University School of Law privacy expert Clare Garvie put together a video that explains why you should be concerned about the growing use of facial recognition technology, even if you think you have “nothing to hide.” According to Garvie, police databases…

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Amazon Alexa Could Be Used To Prosecute Case In Florida — But Is There Probable Cause?

Amazon Alexa Could Be Used To Prosecute Case In Florida — But Is There Probable Cause? By Aaron Kesel Police in Florida are investigating whether Alexa can be a witness to a possible murder and are attempting to use the smart device for its knowledge on the death. In July, Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, was killed by a spear to the chest at home in her Hallandale Beach, Florida, north of Miami, in which her husband, Adam Crespo, 43, stated was a mysterious accident. Police believe that the smart device…

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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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Taxpayers to Be Held Liable After SWAT Raids Innocent Family Over Growing Tomato Plants

Taxpayers to Be Held Liable After SWAT Raids Innocent Family Over Growing Tomato Plants By Matt Agorist Leawood, KS — Adlynn and Robert Harte and their two children had harmed no one and broken no laws when heavily armed militarized SWAT deputies with the Johnson County sheriff’s department stormed their home like it was an ISIS compound. The “hero” deputies were searching for evidence of marijuana production and use but they found none because the Harte’s don’t use or produce marijuana. They do grow vegetables, however, and they also drink…

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SWAT Team Blows Up Innocent Man’s Home in Search of Clothing Shoplifter — Deal With It, Says Court

SWAT Team Blows Up Innocent Man’s Home in Search of Clothing Shoplifter — Deal With It, Says Court By Jack Burns Greenwood Village, CO – A Federal Appeals court has granted police new powers for which they will not be held accountable. They can now completely destroy your home and they will not have to pay for it. That’s what happened to Leo Lech’s home in 2015 after a shoplifter — accused of stealing a shirt — illegally entered his home, forcing Greenwood Village SWAT to go room by room ransacking…

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