Privacy Matters

Big Brother Act of 2012 passes the House

On a vote of 301-118, the House of Representatives on Wednesday moved to reauthorize the Bush administration's warrantless spying bill of 2008 (called the "FISA Amendments Act" or FAA) for another five years, through December 31, 2017.

Judge Forrest sticks up for the US Constitution, strikes down indefinite detention

Image of protest courtesy the Bradley Manning Support Network

“Courts must safeguard core constitutional rights.”

Using such unwavering language, US district judge Katherine Forrest has refused to bend to the Obama Administration that appointed her to the federal bench.

Internet activist Barrett Brown arrested by the FBI?

The following video purports to show law enforcement raiding the home of Anonymous affiliated journalist and transparency activist Barrett Brown and arresting him. The action starts at around 1:30. (Note: There's a lot of offensive language in the clip.)

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Should we end the war on drugs? A debate

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Terror Tuesday: Are we closer to a day of reckoning?

It could just be that the truth still has the power to set us free.

A little of that truth emerged into the light today, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

License plate readers, drones and the Katz test

Late last week the Congressional Research Service published a report, "Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses." I haven't gotten a chance to read through the entire thing yet, but a couple of interesting things jump out right off the bat.

Among them:

The biometrics future is now

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Iris scans; face, palm and finger prints; ear patterns; gait and voice recognition; and tattoos and scars: these are among the biometric and physical indicators that the federal government wants to collect in order to identify us -- even without our permission or our knowledge. 

Charlotte activist held on $10,000 bail for revoked license, told he is on "terror" watch list

A strange thing happened in Charlotte during the run-up to the Democratic National Convention. James Ian Tyson, a local activist, was on his way to a counter-DNC protest when he was arrested for driving with a revoked license. Police held him on a $10,000 cash bond, a highly unusual sum for such a minor crime.

Obama 2004 vs. Obama 2012

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President Obama on the campaign trail: No comment on drones

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