Tag Archives: 4th Amendment

Big Brother is listening as well as watching

Remember: the wider you cast your net, the more chaff you have to sift through. Wanton surveillance is wasteful, ineffective, and unconstitutional.

The professed goal of audio surveillance on mass transit systems may be to protect passengers. But privacy advocates say it crosses a line, amounting to violations of free speech and the right to be free from unwarranted and ‘unreasonable’ searches.

Source: Big Brother is listening as well as watching | CSO Online

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‘State of Surveillance’ with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith

National hero Edward Snowden explains–with chilling detail–the real world dangers of the illegal government surveillance programs he disclosed and the reality that they aren’t used to stop terrorism.

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No warrant is needed to get your phone’s location data, U.S. appeals court rules

So much for the 4th Amendment….

No warrant is needed to get your phone’s location data, U.S. appeals court rules

Source: No warrant is needed to get your phone’s location data, U.S. appeals court rules / Boing Boing

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Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

I look at countries who openly publish every piece of legislation that gets debated on and actively invite the public to be part of the legislative process by maintaining extremely high levels of transparency in their government, even going so far as to redesign their legislative houses with symbolically large viewing galleries and windows–you know, countries like Germany who have first-hand knowledge of the dangers of secrecy and backroom dealings in the houses of government–and then I look at my United States of America….

The stealth change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters.

Source: Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

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Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

Let us not–out of fear–destroy what we are most proud of: democracy and your fundamental rights and liberties.

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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

The Feds Need a Warrant to Spy With Stingrays From Now On

The federal government can no longer use controversial stingray devices to track mobile phone users without a warrant.

Source: The Feds Need a Warrant to Spy With Stingrays From Now On

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Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers To Combat ‘Evildoers’

Someone wants to be his Big Brother by being our Big Brother!

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence

Source: Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers To Combat ‘Evildoers’

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AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

Newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the agency gained access to billions of emails through a “highly collaborative” relationship with AT&T.

Source: AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

It’s time to build the private Web

The establishment of the U.S. Postal Service was one of the most visionary civil liberties ideas of its time. It was deeply rooted in George Washington’s belief that a strong state and society can only exist if every citizen has access to uncensored information and can freely communicate, away from the government’s prying eyes.

Source: It’s time to build the private Web