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SCOTUS Goes To The Dogs

Radley Balko | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

I don't know that you could overstate the awfulness of yesterday's unanimous (!) Supreme Court decision in Florida v. Harris. Over at Reason, my f...

Majoring in Minors: Turning Our Schools Into Totalitarian Enclaves

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.07.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

School officials are also exhibiting zero tolerance for the age-old game of cops and robbers, a playground game I played as a child. In a new wrinkle on this old game, however, it's not the cop who gets the bad guy.

The Internet Association Celebrates 2013 Data Privacy Day, Urges 113th Congress to Pass Electronic Privacy Reform

Michael Beckerman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Michael Beckerman

Did you know that a law written before email was commercially available governs the way the government can access your data online?

Missouri v. McNeely: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

The Magician's Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater.

The Founding Prophets

Emmett Rensin | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

When we allow quoting the Constitution to stand in for a legitimate rebuttal, we diminish our ability to think critically about our nation and its laws.

Matt Sledge

Senate Votes Down Attempts To Reform Bush-Era Warrantless Wiretapping Program | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

The Senate rejected three attempts Thursday to add oversight and privacy safeguards to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendments tha...

Is High-tech Surveillance in Schools a Security Need or a Money Scam?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.03.2013 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Without strong safeguards for privacy now, it will not be long before these technologies -- sold to us as being for our good and aimed at making our lives safer, easier and more efficient -- will come to dominate every aspect of our lives.

Lodging in Collinsville

Radley Balko | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

The video below is from a video deposition with Collinsville, Illinois, police officer Michael Reichert. Reichert is the office who pulled over film...

A Fourth Amendment for the 21st Century

Julian Sanchez | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Julian Sanchez

The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has thrown a spotlight on the FBI's sweeping power to sift through the most intimate details of our digital lives -- often with little or no judicial supervision.

Travelers, Beware: It's Time to Overhaul the Transportation Security Administration

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Something has to give. To start with, it's time to say no to these flagrant abuses of our taxpayer dollars and our rights.

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" co...

'Stop And Frisk' Polarizes New York City

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Black Voices

(Repeats story from earlier Tuesday) * Civil rights advocates call the NYPD policy racial profiling * Defenders see a public-safety tool * Stops di...

Does the War on Drugs Affect Your Privacy Rights?

Jane Yakowitz Bambauer | Posted 07.22.2012 | Crime
Jane Yakowitz Bambauer

Do the police need a warrant to bring a drug-sniffing dog to your front door? The U.S. Supreme Court will soon answer that question.

Radley Balko

Filmmaker Files Lawsuit Over 'Trekkie Traffic Stop' | Radley Balko | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

Filmmaker Terrance Huff has filed a lawsuit against the city of Collinsville, Illinois, and Collinsville police officer Michael Reichert over a traffi...

The Empire Strikes Back: Attack of the Drones

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2012 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

We will find ourselves operating under a new paradigm marked by round-the-clock surveillance and with little hope of real privacy, short of living in a cave far removed from the reach of modern technology. Caves, by the way, are rather scarce.

Stripping and Searching

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the recent case of Florence v. County of Burlington.

Radley Balko

Granny Defends Her Rights | Radley Balko | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

In one of the more unusual police brutality lawsuits in recent years, 90-year-old Baltimore resident Venus Green was awarded a $95,000 settlement earl...

Supreme Court "Strips" Fourth Amendment Protections

John M. Burns | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
John M. Burns

Let's put this into perspective: If you are arrested for even a traffic violation, the Supreme Court has now given law enforcement officials the green light to strip you down and search even your body cavities, regardless of whether or not they believe you possess any dangerous or banned substance.

Strip Search Nation (Including The Authoritarian Catechism)

David Bromwich | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
David Bromwich

The recent Supreme Court decision in Florence v. County of Burlington, supported by the Obama administration, makes a large example of the way an expansionist foreign policy based on coercion and violence has returned on us and come to haunt Americans.

Operation Shamrock and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

For all of its good intentions in 1978, FISA has since been thrust into dangerous, uncharted territory, morphing into a vehicle of unintended consequences.

Warrant Requirement Past Due for Cell Phone Tracking

Leslie Harris | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Leslie Harris

The ACLU notes that nearly all of the more than 200 police departments in their report said that they track cell phones; however, only a fraction of those departments get a warrant from a judge.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court OKs Suspicionless Strip Searches For New Jail Inmates | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday decided that jails may perform suspicionless strip searches on new inmates regardless of the gravity of thei...

Radley Balko

Can Drug Dogs Be Trusted? | Radley Balko | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics

In the course of reporting on the traffic stop of Terrance Huff, HuffPost was able to obtain the reports of an Illinois State Police K-9 unit over an ...

Radley Balko

Traffic Stop Of Star Trek Fans Raises Concerns About Drug Searches | Radley Balko | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

Last December, filmmaker Terrance Huff and his friend Jon Seaton were returning to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" convention in St. Louis. As they...