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The End of Private Property in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's time for a second American Revolution. Not a revolution designed to kill people or tear down and physically destroy society, but a revolution of the minds and souls of human beings--a revolution promulgated to restore the freedoms for which our founders sacrificed their fortunes and their lives.

Lawyer: Illegal Strip-Search Accuser Wasn't Only Woman Victimized

Posted 10.08.2013 | Chicago

Dana Holmes was not the only woman to be forcibly, illegally stripped by LaSalle County deputies, a lawyer for Holmes said in an Illinois court Monday...

Woman Sues Over Likely Illegal Strip-Search After DUI Arrest

Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

A 32-year-old Illinois woman filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that LaSalle County officers illegally strip-searched her and left her nude in a jail cel...

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Unfortunately, the courts have increasingly erred on the side of giving government officials -- especially the police -- vast discretion in carrying out strip searches for a broad range of violations.

Texas Women Sexually Assaulted by Police Over Marijuana Smell

Russ Belville | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Russ Belville

So you say you don't smoke pot, so how could the War on Drugs affect me?

Strip Searching Americans Without Cause: A Blow to Personal Privacy

Arjun Sethi | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Arjun Sethi

Say what you will about police strip searches, they're invasive and degrading. They have repeatedly been shown to cause indignation, shock, and trauma, not to mention, shame and humiliation.

Police Under Fire Over Cavity Searches

Simon McCormack | Posted 05.30.2012 | Crime

Seven Milwaukee police officers and one supervisor have had their guns and badges taken away amid allegations that they conducted illegal cavity searc...

The Supreme Court's Decision on Strip Searches Will Make Jails More Dangerous

Lovisa Stannow | Posted 06.18.2012 | Crime
Lovisa Stannow

The practice of strip searching all jail inmates, just because they are detainees, is a violation of basic human rights and unnecessary. It is also a recipe for sexual abuse.

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.

Privacy: Ditch the Cell Phone or Prepare to Disrobe

Gary Johnson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Gary Johnson

Expecting the government to willingly constrain itself when it comes to violating our privacy is not just foolhardy; it defies everything we know about the very nature of government.

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...

Mike Sacks

Justice Kennedy May Swing Case On Strip Searches | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There was so much talk of anal cavities at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning that Justice Antonin Scalia asked, "You want us to write ...

Decent Decisions

Jamie Fellner | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Jamie Fellner

When public officials ignore the line between basic right and wrong in the treatment of other human beings, it is the courts who remind them where the line is and why it matters.

Michael Roberts: One Man Against the Surveillance State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Michael Roberts, a 35-year-old airline pilot, is pitting himself against the American surveillance state and putting everything on the line for freedom because of it.

Scanners: No Place to Hide

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

As the surveillance state expands around us, entangling us in a web from which there is no escape, what we used to call "privacy" is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Inmate Strip Searches Violated Law: Jury

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the biggest class-action suit of its kind, a federal jury ruled Thursday that Cook County Jail employees broke the law in the way they conducted st...

Laura Dean

Strip Searches Pervasive Despite Huge Settlements | Laura Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One sunny fall afternoon, a mother of seven answered a knock at her door to find a cluster of policemen waiting on the step. She wore pajamas because ...

One Strip-Search Too Many

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

How many of us are willing to send our preteen and adolescent kids to school each morning, open to the possibility that they may be strip-searched for Tylenol?

Teaching School Children to Live in a Totalitarian Society

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

A 15-year-old African-American student was expelled for possession of a "weapon" in violation of the school's zero tolerance policy. The weapon in question was a nail clipper with a 2-inch metal nail file.