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Restoring Transparency And Fairness To The FBI Investigation Of Clinton Emails

The Conversation US | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

By Clark D. Cunningham, Georgia State University The New York Times and other national media sources are reporting that late Sunday night, the FBI ob...

It's a Lot More Than Privacy: The Apple/FBI Controversy

John M. Eger | Posted 02.18.2017 | Technology
John M. Eger

Gwen Ifill of the PBS News Hour concluded that this was a real test of privacy versus security during a recent conversation about Apple Computers' dec...

Restoring the Right to Be Let Alone

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Congress should restore the right to the brightest star within our constitutional constellation by prohibiting government encroachments on citizen privacy unless strictly necessary for law enforcement or counterterrorism. Speculation or uncorroborated hunches should not be enough.

Why Does Europe Hate Silicon Valley?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.23.2016 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

American ingenuity is alive and well. We've changed the rules of the game, invented new playing fields, and blazed new paths. Europeans would admit this reality as much as we do ourselves. The divide therefore comes when Europe thinks these services don't protect the individual.

U.S. Marshals and Their "Dirtbox" Declare the 4th Amendment Dead

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Using "Dirtboxes" that act like fake cellphone towers, the Marshals are flying planes around areas that cover "most of the US population." These boxes trick our phones into reporting in - essentially telling the box who we are and where we are. And they've been doing this since 2007. Whoa.

Worth Celebrating This Independence Day: Supreme Court Upholding Search and Seizure Laws

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Americans are celebrating Independence Day just days after the Supreme Court upheld a principle that was key to the revolution that lead to independence.

Smartphones and Befuddled Justices

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Technology
Bennett L. Gershman

It's pretty clear that once the police lawfully have gained control of a smartphone, the police would be able to inspect the contents stored in the phone. The big question is whether they need a warrant to examine the contents.

GOP Lawmaker With Drunken Boating Rap Sheet Likes Crazy Plan To Shut Down The NSA

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

A spy agency without running water certainly can't have clean hands. Maryland's House of Delegates is now considering a bill that would prohibit st...

When It Comes to the Real WMDs, It's Time to Get Off the Pot

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Flags are at half-mast on Capitol Hill, just a few miles away, while Secretary Chuck Hagel laid a wreath at the Navy Yard, this scene of America's lat...

These Terms and Conditions Shouldn't Apply to Anyone

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Weinstein

Similar to Vine, they can rent or sell your information as they see fit, as long as it adheres to its Privacy Policy, which as a living document, it can change at any time without notifying you. Did you follow that?

An Unconstitutional Act

Spencer Wolff | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Spencer Wolff

For the millions of innocent men and women like them, who have been accosted by the police over the past ten years, in what are often belligerent and demeaning encounters, and then let go without any explanation or apology, this ruling let them know that they still have a voice.

Recent House Debate on NSA Has Restored My Faith in Democracy... Kind Of

Travis Irvine | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Travis Irvine

In case you hadn't already heard, last week a Congressional coalition of civil liberty-loving lefties and libertarian-leaning righties joined together to try and curb the NSA.

Snowden's Gift to America Bears Fruit and Forces Change

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Is Edward Snowden the only loyal American to remember the words of the 4th Amendment to our Constitution? Perhaps history will remember him as one of the most loyal Americans of us all.

Dear NSA: We're Throwing You a 4th of July Party, and It's Gonna Be Big

Tiffiniy Cheng | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Tiffiniy Cheng

2013-07-04-ScreenShot20130704at8.22.50AM.pngWhat the NSA is doing is criminal. It's immoral. And it goes against everything this country is supposed to be about.

Greater Transparency on NSA Surveillance a Good Start

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.19.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Whatever the actual specifics, the NSA controversy itself threatens to undermine netizens' confidence in the integrity of their online communications and trust in our government.

Privacy Is Only Dead if You Let It Be

Christina Gagnier | Posted 08.06.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Ask the "how" and the "why" questions. Be indignant. Most importantly, ask what you can do to preserve our privacy rights in the future.

Right and Left Unite to Bring Privacy Protections to Digital World

Grover Norquist | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Grover Norquist

The Fourth Amendment -- the one that is supposed to keep the government out of your mail and outside your door -- is one area that can unite grownups of the left and right.

WATCH: Kentucky Student's Viral Video Of Cop Confrontation Prompts Investigation (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.13.2012 | College

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: The University of Kentucky has fired the officer seen in the video, who threatened to have the student removed from campus. “A...

Radley Balko

The Stop: Bad Cops, Drug Dogs and Trekkies Along I-70 | Radley Balko | Posted 12.15.2012 | Crime

(Photo by Billy Delfs) Last December, filmmaker Terrance Huff and his friend Jon Seaton were returning to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" conv...

The Supreme Court's 4-1 Split

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Plenty of attention has been paid recently to splits on the Supreme Court: Who will divide with whom on the Affordable Care Act? Will the existence o...

A Dying Empire Invades Oaksterdam, Our Privacy & Our Speech

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

At freedom's core is protection from arbitrary police power and the right to choose one's own medicine, as well as to express one's opinion, however c...

5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide)

Scott Morgan | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Scott Morgan

Are you 100 percent certain there's nothing illegal in your home or vehicle? You can never be too sure. A joint roach could stick to your shoe on the street and wind up on the floorboard. A careless acquaintance could have dropped a baggie behind the seat.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

"We're foolish if we think we're going to end mass incarceration unless we are willing to deal with the reality that huge percentages of poor people are going to remain jobless, locked out of the mainstream economy, unless and until they have a quality education that prepares them well for the new economy."

The Supreme Court's Stinky Ruling on Marijuana Odor: What Does it Really Mean?

Scott Morgan | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Scott Morgan

This week's Supreme Court decision in Kentucky v. King has civil-libertarians and marijuana policy reformers in an uproar, and rightly so, but it's not exactly the death of the 4th Amendment

TSA and the School of the Cowering

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Can we say we are the Home of the Brave anymore when we teach our kids to cower in a classroom as part of a drill? Seriously, that is what the schools are teaching our kids. To sit down, hide, and be afraid.