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Op-Ed: DOJ threatens legal action against states with strict lockdowns

Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department would support legal action against states that continued to impose strict social distancing rules even after coronavirus cases begin to subside in their respective states.

Fed's tattoo identification system raises 1st amendment questions

The FBI's plan to compile a database of over 100,000 tattoo images, sourced from prison and law enforcement files has come up against the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit that defends civil liberties in the digital world.

Why Apple, Facebook, Twitter, other tech firms protest CISA bill

Washington - A controversial cybersecurity bill that's now being heard in the Senate faces strong opposition from at least 22 of the world's top technology companies amid concerns that it infringes on users' privacy and civil liberties.

Op-Ed: Use of e-cigs in public spaces to be banned in Wales

Cardiff - The Labour controlled devolved government in Wales, UK, announced, June 9, that it would seek to introduce a wide ranging ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

Op-Ed: The circular, peculiar state of CSEC oversight Special

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is insulated from meaningful oversight. This article explains how the agency avoids scrutiny, and what you can do to encourage change.

Homeland Security seeks nationwide license plate tracking system

Washington - The US Department of Homeland Security is seeking to partner with a private company to create a nationwide database containing the license plate numbers of every single registered automobile in the nation.

Op-Ed: Anonymous hacks Queensland Premier’s phone, publishes address

Sydney - Anonymous hacks Queensland Premier’s phone, publishes address Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has been hacked by Anonymous after the introduction of new anti-bikie laws in the state. Anonymous says Newman has gone too far.

Op-Ed: Kanye West selling confederate flag t-shirts on 'Yeezus' tour

Seattle - So, if anything Kanye West did shocked us anymore, we might be surprised to learn he's selling merchandise with the United States Confederate Flag on it. Am I shocked? Appalled? Nope.

EU Parliament Civil Liberties Committee to investigate NSA spying

Brussels - As global repercussions grow in response to Edward Snowden's disclosure of the worldwide NSA surveillance, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, created by the European Parliament, has scheduled a series of meetings.

New York police label mosques 'terrorism organizations'

New York - In a move angering countless Muslims and civil rights activists, the New York Police Department has labeled mosques as "terrorism organizations," allowing informants to spy on imams and anyone attending prayer services.

All eyes on Oakland as Oakland has plans for eyes on all

Public safety is an issue that concerns all in this age of terrorism. Port cities such as Oakland can be particularly vulnerable to attacks. What started out to be plans for a Port of Oakland surveillance center has turned out to be much more.

Op-Ed: Blueprint for police state America?

A US Army manual dated February 12, 2010 has recently been leaked and has been uploaded to a number of conspiracy websites. Is it genuine?

Op-Ed: 86 groups send letter to Congress demanding surveillance change

Washington - A coalition of 86 civil liberties organizations and Internet companies is demanding immediate action from Congress including a committee to investigate the issue and legislation to legally reign in the scope of the surveillance,

4 in 10 Americans willing to give up civil liberties

A recent survey carried out by CNN, Time, and Orc International Survey, found that 4 in 10 Americans are willing to give up civil liberties in the fight against terrorism.

Oakland community outrage over Bratton, 'stop-and-frisk' Special

Oakland - Oakland, California residents expressed their outrage at the city's hiring of a former top New York and Los Angeles 'supercop' known for bringing highly controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policing tactics to those cities.

Op-Ed: Big Brother is watching you — in the john

CCTV has been responsible for bringing many serious criminals, including murderers, to book. But even many of its more enthusiastic supporters believe surveillance should end at the toilet door.

U.S. House passes controversial CISPA Internet security bill

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the CISPA cybersecurity bill today, despite protests by civil liberties groups who point out that it puts Americans' online privacy at risk.

Op-Ed: The TSA agent and the 3-year-old boy in a wheelchair

Chicago - A monitoring group has just released a video of a 3-year-old boy in a wheelchair being frisked by a TSA agent at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. So what's new?

Myanmar clears Suu Kyi party to participate in next year's polls

The banned National League for Democracy (NLD) headed by Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, may now re-register as a legitimate political party under the new Myanmar dispensation, clearing the way for the party to field Suu Kyi in next election.

Op-Ed: BMA call for smoking ban leaves Libertarians fuming

The British Medical Association has called for a ban on smoking in cars; Sean Gabb, Britain's leading Libertarian, is left hot under the collar.

Op-Ed: Call to microchip the entire population

On the BBC’s 'Breakfast' news programme this morning, a woman called to microchip the entire population; the good news is that she was talking about dogs. For now.

Op-Ed: The great passive smoking hoax Special

A recent study claims to find an association between passive smoking and teenage deafness, but is this just more anti-smoking hype?

No hanky-panky allowed, UK court bans man from having sex

Without being convicted of any crime, a British citizen with an abnormally low IQ of 48 has been ordered by a UK High Court judge to refrain from sex and to be placed under surveillance to enforce the ruling.

Overview of police-protest clash at G20 summit

Toronto - Toronto Police used the 70-year old Public Works Protection Act during the G20 Summit end at the end of June 2010. That Act has become a battlefield, with the police overstepping the details with questionable practices and the public being misled.

VPD's New Crowd Control Device Alarms Civil Libertarians

Vancouver police have acquired an acoustic device capable of emitting focused directed sound at levels between 99 and 146 decibels, and Olympics opponents and civil libertarians alike fear it will be used to disrupt protests during the Olympic Games.

Op-Ed: Authors, politicians & activists gather to discuss modern liberty

Yesterday's convention on Modern Liberty included keynote speeches from Shami Chakrabarti director of Liberty, Philip Pullman well known author and David Davis MP.

Former Head Spy Attacks UK Government

In an interview given to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of British counter intelligence, has attacked UK’s government for, “frightening people in order to be able to pass laws, which restrict civil liberti

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