Warrantless seizure of all American's telephone record? No Such Authority

N.S.A.: No Such Authority


The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not authorize the bulk collection of American’s telephone records. While the decision is important, it is not the final word on the issue. Remember, we wouldn’t know about the NSA’s snooping in our phone records if it weren’t for Edward…

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The Coverup


Thou hast committed fornication… But that was in another country and, besides, The wench is dead. – Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta The CIA Accountability Board has cleared the CIA of the wrongdoing that CIA Director John Brennan has admitted the CIA committed and that the CIA General Inspector found had occurred.. You may need…

A Mandatory Drug Testing Law WC Could Support


U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven struck down as unconstitutional Florida’s mandatory, warrantless, suspicionless drug testing law, that required welfare recipients to pee in a cup before they could receive benefits. While Florida Governor Rick Scott, as pig-headed about civil rights as our own Captain Zero was, will almost certainly appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court…

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Getting Geeky: RoundUp, Hash Tags, Gnutella and Posse Comitatus


It really doesn’t get much geekier than the Ninth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Dreyer on September 12, 2014. The case includes discussion of three different open source software applications: RoundUp, SHA-1 Hash Tags and Gnutella. There’s the obscure but critically important doctrine of posse comitatus. And, of course, there’s child porn. It’s the kind of…