Privacy Matters

Supreme Court "appropriately skeptical" of government's claims on warrantless wiretapping suit

ACLU staff and supporters at the Supreme Court hearing on Amnesty v. Clapper today. From left to right: Lara Tobin, Josh Bell, Hina Shamsi, Anthony Romero, Jameel Jaffer (who argued the case for the ACLU), Mitra Ebadolahi, Alexander Abdo, Ateqah Khaki and Larry Siems. Photo credit: Shane Kadidal of the CCR.

The BPD files: when marching in the street becomes a "Homeland Security" issue

When you hear the phrase "Homeland Security," what do you think? Probably you think about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, about dirty bomb plots and threats to critical infrastructure. Maybe you think about attacks on our digital infrastructure, or "cyberwar" as the government has taken to calling it lately.

A change in tune: law enforcement now aggressively promoting retroactive surveillance capabilities of license plate readers

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Cops break the law, too: NYPD cannibalism case yet another example of why police need independent oversight

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By now you've likely heard about the story of the NYPD cop who the FBI says hatched an elaborate and horrifying plot to kidnap, torture, cook and eat 100 women, at least ten of whom he knew personally.

National Counterterrorism Center operates "Disposition Matrix" and knows everything about you

A wild Washington Post story reports that the Obama administration has been developing plans to "institutionalize" its extrajudicial assassination program. The lede is bonkers:

Terror Tuesday: Beware RomneySpeak and the new normal

Will the White House still have the equivalent of “Terror Tuesday” sessions to discuss drone “kill lists” if Mitt Romney moves in next January?

We don’t know if he would, like President Obama, personally want to doom particular individuals by signing off on hit lists. But after last night’s debate, we do know that he is a big fan of the drone strike program.

“Drones may soon buzz through local skies”

Boston Police spying on peace activists: what's the big deal?

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