Tag Archives: 5th Amendment

Marine placed on the no-fly list for 4 years — and still doesn’t know why

The no-fly list is inherently flawed beyond any practical application. It also stands in contempt of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. If we, as a nation, value freedom and liberty as we so claim this weekend, then we must eliminate this obscene and dangerous practice of secret lists and warrantless prosecution.

We need to fix the list before tying it to the gun control debate.

Source: I’m a former Marine who was on the no-fly list for 4 years — and I still don’t know why – Vox

Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email

In what seems to be a complete reversal in position, Microsoft is suing the US government on the grounds that gag orders on warrants are unconstitutional. Good on them! Let’s hope that the courts agree!

“We appreciate that there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have …

Source: Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email / Boing Boing

California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law

Say what you want about California’s liberal politics, this is Constitutional conservatism at its finest. It’s also a great first step at protecting our inalienable right to be secure in our persons against unreasonable searches and seizures and upholding due process. Your move, America.

New law requires state law enforcement get warrant or other court order to obtain digital data held by companies, track GPS location or search mobile devices.

Source: California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law | WIRED

First Library to Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

DAMN THE MAN! Keep Tor running!

A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor. Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.

Source: First Library to Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email – ProPublica

Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database

Fighting the surveillance state one lawsuit at a time!

Automatic license plate readers have become a hot topic in recent years, akin to the government’s warrantless use of GPS trackers on vehicles.

Source: Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database | WIRED

3-D Printed Gun Lawsuit Starts the War Between Arms Control and Free Speech

Because information is currency, and currency is power. Those who fear power in the hands of the many fear information in the hands of the people.

A gun group is picking a fight that could raise new conflicts between proponents of arms control and free speech.

Source: 3-D Printed Gun Lawsuit Starts the War Between Arms Control and Free Speech | WIRED