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Op-Ed: Trump sending militarized federal forces to Chicago this week

Chicago is being sent about 150 agents by the Department of Homeland Security to combat violence in the city, much like the controversial deployment of federal force in Portland, Oregon.

Op-Ed: Trump's DHS and U.S. Marshalls are out of control in Portland

The US Attorney for the Oregon District on Friday requested an investigation into masked, camouflaged federal authorities without identification badges who are arresting protesters in Portland, Oregon.

Op-Ed: Dangerous Cloud Act passed as part of Omnibus spending bill

Washington - The Cloud Act ( Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) was a last minute addition to the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill. The bill will allow the U.S. government more access to data on Americans for law enforcement purposes.

Op-Ed: GOP lawmakers introduce bills to curb protests in 18 states

It appears that some GOP lawmakers have gone a bit too far in their attempts at putting a halt to the freedom of people in America to express their views by protesting, and so far, 18 states have either introduced or voted on laws to curb protests.

Iranian man barred from U.S. under travel ban returns

Los Angeles - An Iranian man who arrived in the U.S. on Jan. 27 and then sent back to Iran, landed at LAX yesterday. Ali Vayeghan became the first person from a country banned under the travel ban to be admitted into the United States.

Body Cameras shelved by some police departments — costs cited

Some police departments that outfitted their officers with body cameras are now reversing course and doing away with them, citing state regulations that require a lengthy video storage period as being too costly.

California city must pay for police cam videos needed for lawsuit

Oakland - A San Francisco Bay Area city has been ordered to pay for copies of police videos that could show misconduct during Black Lives Matter protests in 2014.

U.S. to disclose number killed in drone program since 2009

Washington - A senior White House aide, Lisa Monaco, Obama's counter-terrorism and homeland security adviser promised to reveal how many civilian casualties and terrorism suspects have been killed since 2009 by the U.S. drone program.

Racism allegations over high school's blacks-only gang assembly

Maumelle - An Arkansas high school is being accused of racism after it held an assembly on drugs and gang violence and instructed only black students to attend.

School caves to ACLU, will no longer say 'God bless America'

Haddon Heights - For more than 10 years, students at Glenview Elementary School started their day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and then concluded it by saying God bless America.

Christians, ACLU fight over Christianity in public high school

Bossier City - Religious fundamentalists and constitution-minded secularists are locked in an intense debate over Christian indoctrination at a public high school in Louisiana.

Delaware cop charged with kicking suspect in face; video released

Dover - Delaware police released dashboard camera footage of an incident in 2013 that shows an officer allegedly kicking a black man in the face, knocking him out and breaking his jaw.

Thousands of inmates to be transferred after riot in Texas prison

Raymondville - Efforts are being made to relocate thousands of inmates at a federal prison in south Texas after an uprising by angry prisoners left the prison seriously damaged and uninhabitable, reports say.

Google: FBI plan to expand hacking power a 'monumental' threat

Google is warning that a US government plan to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's hacking powers is a "monumental" constitutional threat.

Op-Ed: Liberals and Conservatives — Houston ignored rights of churches

Houston - It is rare when liberals, conservatives, the ACLU and conservative Christians agree. They have agreed that the city of Houston, Texas was wrong for subpoenaing sermons that might be critical of the newly passed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

Op-Ed: ACLU lawsuit enlightens shadowy NSA surveillance justification

Documents received by the American Civil Liberties Union in response to a lawsuit enlighten us to the deceptive language and tortured logic surrounding a secretive Executive Order being used by the NSA to justify illegally spying on every American.

Twitter lawsuit seeks transparency in surveillance requests

San Francisco - Twitter has filed suit against the U.S Justice Department, claiming current laws restricting what the company can publicly disclose about national security requests is a violation of the First Amendment.

ACLU: A terrifying report on the military weapons U.S. cops have

The town of Ferguson, Missouri saw massive riots this weekend in response to the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, and cops showed up with a heavily armed SWAT team.

U.S. gov't surveillance undermining journalists, lawyers

Though its official mission is to thwart terrorist threats, the massive U.S. surveillance program is having a chilling effect on journalists and their sources, and lawyers and their clients, according to a report issued Monday.

Tennessee woman charged with taking illegal drugs while pregnant

Madisonville - A 26-year-old woman is the first person to be charged under a new Tennessee law that makes a woman who takes drugs while pregnant guilty of misdemeanor assault.

ACLU ask local police why they have grenade launchers

Springfield - Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are questioning why local police in a nearby small town have grenade launchers. It is actually due to a government program that allows the share of heavy arms within the government.

'War on Drugs' search warrants and disturbing SWAT trends

SWAT teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants typically related to the War on Drugs and according to a new American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), report, it’s happening in 124 homes every single day.

Utah ordered to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages

Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the staunchly Mormon state late last year and early this year before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay halting such unions.

US police departments conduct warrantless spying on citizens Special

Tallahassee - As the battle over the notion of warrantless spying rages on Capitol Hill, it was revealed that local police departments are engaging in similar dragnets and refusing to disclose that the technology was used, even to judges during court proceedings.

U.S. is the only nation that sentences children to die in prison

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Lawyers clash over electronic documents in NC voter ID lawsuit Special

Winston Salem - Lawyers representing the state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory and other defendants were accused of holding back crucial electronic documents in a hearing last Friday as lawsuits seeking to overturn North Carolina's new voting law move forward.

Judge rules invasive North Carolina abortion law unconstitutional

Greensboro - A North Carolina law forcing doctors to "show" and "describe" ultrasound images to every woman who seeks an abortion-- regardless of the patient's wishes --is unconstitutional, a judge on Friday ruled.

Op-Ed: America — a Constitution Free Zone

Seizures, strip searches, forced detentions based on simple "reasonable suspicion". The 4th Amendment has officially been neutralized for Americans, and the scary part is most of us don't even realize it.

Judge rules: Most of U.S. has no protection from search by DHS

A federal court Judge ruled that the so-called “constitution exemption zone” is legal. The zone extends 100 miles from any U.S. border, which covers roughly two-thirds of citizens.

Op-Ed: NSA has Santa's naughty and nice list (Satire)

Colorado Springs - The government will not have to spend millions of dollars this year to track Santa. They already know his route, right down to street addresses, thanks to NSA spying.
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