FBI investigators for at least five years have routinely used a sophisticated cellphone tracking tool that can pinpoint callers’ locations and listen to their conversations — all without getting a warrant for it, a federal court was told this week.
The use of the “Stingray,” as the tool is called, “is a very common practice” by federal investigators, Justice Department attorneys told the U.S. District Court for Arizona Thursday, according to [...]
A first-of-its-kind state law that would restrict parents from trying to “cure” their minor children’s same-sex attractions seems headed to the governor’s desk.
If both state houses can agree on the final language, the legislation, which would ban all sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) treatment for minors, will be sent to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature sometime in September. But, so far, there has been no indication from his [...]
“This settlement is a tremendous victory for KindHearts and the rule of law,” said Alexander Abdo, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project. “No American charity should have to endure the unconstitutional treatment that KindHearts was subjected to. We hope the government now realizes that, as the court held, the executive branch cannot simply ignore the Constitution in the name of national security.”
KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian [...]
American police officers may soon be able to use unmanned aircraft not only for surveillance, but also for offensive action. The drones may be equipped to fire rubber rounds and tear gas.
“Those are things that law enforcement utilizes day in and day out, and in certain situations it might be advantageous to have this type of system on the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle),” Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County [...]
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
First we were bombarded with the news that 30,000 drones would be spying on us domestically and within weeks the agenda has already moved on to arming the drones with non-lethal weapons.
CBS DC reports that the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas “is considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its drone.”
“It’s simply not appropriate to use any of force, lethal or non-lethal, on a drone,” responded [...]
By Julian March
Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
“A true marriage is male and female and God.”
These words appear on the nameplate sign in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church in Wilmington – a church that also served as a polling place Tuesday for voters in New Hanover County.
The sign, which officials say is legal, raised concerns from voters and [...]
Three women identified by their lawyers as lesbians were arraigned yesterday on a hate crime charge for allegedly beating a gay man at the Forest Hills T station in an unusual case that experts say exposes the law’s flawed logic.
“My guess is that no sane jury would convict them under those circumstances, but what this really demonstrates is the idiocy of the hate-crime legislation,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate. [...]
21,000 names now on DHS terrorist watch list
February 2, 2012
The secret government “no fly list” of suspected “terrorists” who are banned from flying to or within the United States more than doubled in 2011, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press.
The figures show that the list now contains around 21,000 names, close to 11,000 more than it did just one year ago.
The government contends that there are less than [...]
By Michael O’Connell
Federal News Radio
Facial recognition is becoming a bigger part of law enforcement and homeland security. It’s also growing in the commercial sector, which has all kinds of privacy and ID misuse implications. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission recently held a workshop to explore the issues.
Amanda Koulousias, a staff attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC, spoke to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin Tuesday morning [...]
By Melissa Allison
Seattle Times business reporter
Starbucks general counsel and secretary Paula Boggs will retire April 2 to join President Obama’s re-election campaign. She has been at the coffee company since 2002.
Boggs will be based in Seattle and Santa Fe and work for the campaign in communities across the country.
In 2010, Obama appointed Boggs to the White House Council for Community Solutions, which has worked on community-developed solutions to youth development, education [...]
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The NAACP and the ACLU have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and the company that handles its advertising at the airport, over the rejection of an airport ad promoting criminal justice reform.
The NAACP’s ad highlighting the nation’s high incarceration rate says, “Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world’s people and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Let’s build a better America together.”
Mary-Catherine Roper, [...]
ACLU seeks information on Michigan program that allows cops to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists.
The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom [...]