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Sen Rand Paul to sue Obama and NSA over 4th amendment concerns

Libertarian-leaning and likely 2016 presidential contender Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced plans on Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama and the NSA over Fourth Amendment violations.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Judge rules NYPD violated rights, cites Trayvon Martin case

New York - Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy has been in violation of individuals’ constitutional rights Monday, Aug. 12.
In the Media by Kirstin Stokes Smith - 3 comments

Supreme Court approves warrantless police DNA collection

Washington - In a 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court has affirmed the right of police to collect DNA samples from everyone arrested-- but not charged or convicted-- for felony offenses.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 4 comments

Supreme Court limits use of police drug-sniffing dogs

Washington - The United States Supreme Court ruled that the use of drug-sniffing dogs constitutes a "search" that requires a warrant as prescribed in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Federal judge rules NYPD 'stop and frisk' unconstitutional

New York - A federal judge has ruled a portion of the New York Police Department's controversial 'stop-and-frisk' program unconstitutional.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 4 comments

Obama signs FISA warrantless wiretapping extension

Washington - President Barack Obama has signed a bill extending the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a law allowing for the warrantless wiretapping of phone and electronic communications, through the end of 2017.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 6 comments

US Senate approves FISA warrantless wiretapping extension

Washington - The Senate has voted to reauthorize a controversial amendment that allows US intelligence agencies to wiretap communications without warrants.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Ray Kelly's NYPD — Still worthy of the public's trust?

New York - A litany of abuses, civil rights violations, official misconduct as well as allegations of brutality and corruption has left many wondering if the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is still worthy of the public's trust?
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 2 comments

Op-Ed: 1.3 million phone surveillance requests from US law agencies?

Sydney - U.S. carriers reported a total of 1.3 million demands for information from U.S. law enforcement agencies last year for subscriber info from cellphone carriers. Nobody's too pleased.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Supreme Court rules strip searches permissible for minor offences

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that jailers may strip search those arrested for minor offences, including non-payment of fines and minor traffic violations.
In the Media by Katerina Nikolas - 3 comments

Op-Ed: What are the learning dimensions in Gates-Crowley?

President Barack Obama has welcomed Sergeant Crowley and Professor Henry Gates to the White House for a dialogue. He hopes it will be a teaching moment. But will the Gates-Crowley incident give good, lasting and useful education on the issues?
In the Media by Carol Forsloff - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Hawaii's plan to randomly test welfare recipients for drugs

Hawaii state legislators are considering a bill that would require people receiving public assistance to subject to random mandatory drug testing. If passed, the legislature will find itself in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
In the Media by Kathlyn Stone - 11 comments

Court Order Not Needed to Spy on Americans Overseas

The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that a court order is not needed to wiretap Americans overseas. Fourth Amendment rights and protections cannot always be guaranteed to American spies when they leave this country.
In the Media by Barbara Sowell - 7 comments

US Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to the Fourth Amendment

At this point it seems like they are beating a rotten, decaying, dead horse, but the US supreme court has decided it is necessary to take another whack at the fourth amendment.
In the Media by Michael Billy - 7 comments

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