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An alternative to grand juries

Josh Voorhees, Slate - One little-discussed [alternative to grand juries] comes from Paul MacMahon, a law professor at the London School of Economics. He argues in a forthcoming Yale Law & Policy Review article that the solution may be an inquest, a quasi-judicial proceeding with medieval roots that has largely fallen by the wayside in the United States. Inquests—which are still common in England and Ireland—are called in the aftermath of an unexpected or unusual death. Typically, a jury, with the help of a judge or coroner, seeks to establish the facts of the case but, importantly, has no legal authority to indict or convict. Think of this as akin to a civilian review board, but with more power, a clearer task, and an actual platform to make sure its conclusions are heard.

How would such an inquest work? MacMahon proposes launching one automatically anytime a police officer kills someone in the line of duty. Having either a judge or coroner lead the jury would remove the apparent conflict of interest of a district attorney investigating an officer who he relies on to do his job. The inquest would have the power to compel witnesses to testify under oath, but unlike a grand jury, the proceedings would play out in public. The bigger wrinkle, though, is that the jury would have no power to decide the question of criminal or civil liability. The findings wouldn’t necessarily even be admissible as evidence in a court of law. Prosecutors would still be the ones to decide whether to take the case to the grand jury; the grand jury would still decide whether to indict the officer. But an inquest would bring a heavy dose of public accountability. In England, for instance, when an inquest concludes a homicide was an “unlawful killing,” the state doesn’t have to prosecute the case. If it chooses not to, however, it has to formally explain that decision.

The inability of an inquest to bring charges itself may sound like a weakness, but it’s what makes the process so valuable. Because the panel wouldn’t be preoccupied with the guilty/not guilty or indictment/no indictment binary, it would have more leeway to pursue the facts wherever they lead. “The inquest, more than any other institution, is charged with pursuing the truth—sometimes including the moral truth,” MacMahon writes. Inquests don’t just ask whether someone’s actions were justified in a legal sense, he says; they ask “whether or not a person’s conduct was justified in distinct and important ways from the question of whether or not the person should be held criminally responsible or liable to pay damages.”

Another way that the Supreme Cout is rigged

Reuters - A Reuters examination of nine years of cases shows that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the Supreme Court succeeded at getting their clients' appeals heard at a remarkable rate. Their appeals were at least six times more likely to be accepted by the court than were all others filed by private lawyers during that period.

The lawyers are the most influential members of one of the most powerful specialties in America: the business of practicing before the Supreme Court. None of these lawyers is a household name. But many are familiar to the nine justices. That's because about half worked for justices past or present, and some socialize with them.

They are the elite of the elite: Although they account for far less than 1 percent of lawyers who filed appeals to the Supreme Court, these attorneys were involved in 43 percent of the cases the high court chose to decide from 2004 through 2012.

Federal judge says screw privacy

PC World - The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy.

“I think privacy is actually overvalued,” Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C.

“Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct,” Posner added. “Privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and business opportunities by concealing the sorts of bad activities that would cause other people not to want to deal with you.”

San Diego DA wants to send rapper to prison for life because of lyrics

Guardian - As rappers go, Brandon Duncan’s approach is not unusual: his lyrics reflect the violent reality of the streets. But in the pantheon of rappers who have had run-ins with the courts, Tiny Doo looms large. Despite his lack of a criminal record, Duncan stands accused of nine counts of participating in a “criminal street gang conspiracy”, charges that could land him in prison for life.

But Duncan is not charged with participating in any of the crimes underlying the conspiracy, or even agreeing to them. Rather, he’s effectively on trial for making a rap album.

While details are sparse and the evidence presented against Duncan thus far is reportedly thin, prosecutors appear to be operating on the premise that criminal activity by others, mentioned in Duncan’s lyrics, benefits sales of his album No Safety. “We’re not just talking about a CD of anything, of love songs,” Deputy District Attorney Anthony Campagna argued to the court at Duncan’s preliminary hearing this month. Advertisement

The San Diego County district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case to the Guardian, instead pointing to comments by the gangs division chief prosecutor, Dana Greisen, asserting: “Rap music, it’s just another form of communication that gang members use” in furtherance of their crimes.

Putting a musician on trial for his lyrics is antithetical to Americans’ free speech rights, and quite possibly unconstitutional. What’s more, the “criminal street gang conspiracy” law that Duncan is charged with violating – part of an anti-gang initiative package passed by California voters in 2000 – stands in marked contrast to conspiracy as California has traditionally defined it.

Ordinarily, to be guilty of conspiracy in California an individual must agree with another person to commit a crime, then at least one of them must take action to further that conspiracy. The charge Duncan faces requires no such agreement: so long as prosecutors can show that Duncan is an active member of the gang and knows about its general criminal activity, past or present, he can be convicted for benefiting from its acts.

This kind of legislation is often born of moral panic, and can lead to ill-advised prosecutions. But the manner in which it is being applied to Duncan should disturb all who care about free expression. Under the prosecution’s logic, acclaimed photographer Danny Lyon might never have finished The Bikeriders, let alone made later photographs documenting the American Civil Rights Movement, prison conditions in Texas, or the continuing effect of the US government’s genocide of Native Americans, because his affiliation with the bikers he photographed would have landed him a long prison sentence.

In reality, of course, the use of rap lyrics in criminal cases is intimately tied up with issues of race and class, and music associated with youth culture is often misunderstood by authorities. As such, it should be no surprise that rappers frequently find their art turned on them. While Duncan’s prosecution is perhaps uniquely shocking in its brazenness, he is but one of many notable rappers whose lyrics have been used against them in court.

A Florida judge has ordered Ft. Lauderdale police to stop arresting people for feeding the homeless. Last month, 91-year-old veteran Arnold Abbott made national headlines after being arrested twice for feeding the homeless, something he has done for 20 years.

New free computer tool to find if the government's spying on you

Postal Service spied on almost 50,000 packages last year

Hardly any sneak and peak warrants have been for terrorism cases

Amtrak abusing its security posture

Being tasered may affect ability to exercise legal rights

Federal appeals court approves police state search without warrant

A good reason not to live in Louisiana: - Police in Louisiana are urging residents to add surveillance camera security systems to their homes and then to hand over control of those systems to law enforcement.

Mainers among victims of unconstitutional Real ID law

If you stretch while you're out jogging, you may be addd to national terrorist watch list

Obamaadmin claims right to force Muslims to become snitches

Report: Government spying hurting journalists and lawyers

The massive abuse of forfeiture

Government goes berserk in selecting possible terrorists

The corporate war on activist groups

@agidari - 3577 wiretaps requested; 3576 granted. Almost perfect. …

Infrequently asked questions: The Supreme Court

Why did the Supreme Court implicitly rule that the religious beliefs of the owners of a closely held corporation outweighed the religious beliefs of their employees, some of whom, as decent Christians, believe in the importance of contraception? The Supreme Court essentially raped these Christian employees - and without contraception.

Why does the mass media think the only Christians in this country are right wingers? This is not only bad journalism, it's deep religious prejudice. The ultimate irony of the conservatives is that they pretend to be a bastion of Christian politics when, in fact, they are comprised in no small part of despoilers, usurers, war-mongers, hypocrites, idolaters, blasphemers, heretics and groupies of false prophets - all of whom are frowned upon by the book they pretend to follow. And the mass media never says a mumblin' word about it all.

What would have happened to the Hobby Lobby case if all the Catholics on the Supreme Court had recused themselves from this case instead of committing high crimes and misdemeanors by subjecting the Constitution to the rules of their church? The answer is that the workers would have won 3-0. This case was entirely decided by members of a church whose pope ruled in 1968 that "it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent new human beings from coming into existence." Only Justice Sotomayor voted against her church. - Sam Smith

A good reason to avoid Oregon

The gradocracy's war on law

Police treating America as a war zone

Why Holder is the problem not Assange

Feds had Florida police deceiving judges and defendants

US Marshalls seize Florida police records before ACLU can view them

Constitution upheld for a change

The unconstitutional law Obama wants to use against Snowden

Pennsylvania court thumbs nose at Constitution

Law about sexual photography a massive invasion of the First Amendment

Preparing high school grads for the police state

Local police concealing use of phone spying gear

Obamadmin double talk of the day

Louisiana compiling database on every citizen to identify those at "risk to the state"

Study: mass misconduct by federal prosecutors

Florida cops spying on cellphones without warrants

British, American intelligence spied on millions of webcams

Obamadmin restricting use of America's most important public space

A good reason not to go to Baltimore

Federal prosecutors dis' Obama and Holder on sentencing

FCC's outlandish inteference with free media

Washington governor suspends death penalty

Twitter

The war on free speech

Missouri executing prisoners before appeals are judged

States cut prison population, feds increase it

Top Obama advisor Sunstein pushed government infiltrating of online groups and websites

If you can "speak" with your money why isn't legal to ask for it?

Obamadmin (with help from Gates) takes its spying into the classroom

Move over NSA, here comes the DEA spying on your health records

Fact sheet on the vast area the federal government considers Constitution free

Federal judge sharply questions no fly list

The overworked life of public defenders

In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.

America's anti-constitutional history

Word: The purpose of mass surveillance

Nearly half of black males and almost 40 percent of white males in the U.S. are arrested by age 23

2013

Federal court bans Constitution when crossing the border

Federal judge rules it's okay to arrest and hold you for hours because you have Arabic language flashcards

Local courts revive debtors' prisons

Supreme Court restricts right to remain silent

Twitter censoring political news

The war on terror before 9/11

A good reason not to shop at Macy's

30 federal agencies abused privacy of thousands of Americans in yet another way

Tip to drug dealers, rapists, murderers and other criminals: just incorporate, invest some funds, and when you get caught, work out a financial settlement with the Department of Justice

In a new amicus brief, Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination prohibits the government from forcing someone to decrypt their computer when they're suspected of a crime.

A detailed list of how Americans have lost their constitutional rights

Virginia police use license plate cameras to record attendees at events

Word: Obama's war on information

Yale University police jail Brazilian reporter for doing her job (and Yale thinks that's just fine)

The elite's new Iraq: Us

Feinstein still set on trashing the Constitution

IRS seizes grocery store's assets without any charges

DEA thinks it has right to look at your drug prescriptions without a warrant

An incredibly long - but still incomplete - guide to how your government is spying on you

Now even EPA has SWAT teams


Ohio State buys armored truck to defend itself agains its students

No big telecom complained about NSA spying

Verizon thinks its competitors are "consumer-centric"

Illegal court rules that illegal spying is okay

A timeline of how your government became a police state after 9/11

Another reporter may go to prison for doing her job

Government can spy on everything you do online

NY police label whole mosques as terrorist groups

Oakland using unconstitutional secrecy against suspects

School system spying on its students' social media

Firms trying to copyright government law

Portland OR police make leading grafitti artist cover up his work

@ggreenwald - Obama admin: we aggressively prosecute those who expose war crimes, and diligently protect those who commit them.

The medical health records problem

FBI secretly vets immigrants

Comcast tries to copyright court filing

How Californias tortures its prisoners

Google says you shouldn't expect privacy on Gmail

Corporados spyng on your e-book reading

Why isn't Maine's governor under arrest?

Feinstein, Durbin, and Schumer assault free press

America's constitution-free zone

Pentagon prepares doctrine on using force on American soil

Prisons becoming geriatric nursing homes

Wisconsin cancels US Constitution in its state house

Why does the media always refer to people defending our civil liberties and the Constitution as "activists" or "advocates?" Wouldn't "citizens" do just as well?

@BBMarnel - The heads of HSBC who money laundered for Al Qaeda got no jail time; while Bradley Manning gets 100 years

Aaron Swartz's father says MIT failed him

$4 million to college student DEA life without food or water in cell; had to drink his own urine to survive

Concord NH wants to spend a quarter of million dollars to defend town against peaceful libertarians

America's first Indian truth and reconcialition commisson making headway

Obama scaring government workers out of telling the truth

State AGs want to wreck Internet

Colorado using solitary confinement to get rid of mentally ill patients

While 68% of blacks say the American justice system is biased against blacks, 25% of whites agree.

Eighty-six percent of blacks disapproved of the Zimmerman verdict while 51 percent of whites thought it was okay. 22 percent of Democrats approved, while 65 percent of Republicans approved.

America's first black president wants to keep blacks in prison under law now deemed unconsitutional

Only 10 Americans were killed by terrorism in 2012. None of them in the U.S.

Inmates punished in California prison hunger strike

Obamadmin argues that illegal spy operations can not be challenged in court

Appeals court scraps more of Constitution


GOD'S PHOTOS

Infrequently asked questions

Why do people who call themselves intelligence experts do so many stupid things?

Youth homicide rate hits 30 year low

How the Supreme Court restricted your constitutional rights this session

Tennessee water officials try to terrorize complaining citizens

Supreme Court approves disastrous private arbitration requirement for those fight corporados

Montana first in the nation to require warrant for location tracking

Summary of ways in which your government is spying on you

Supreme Court approves disastrous private arbitration requirement for those fight corporados

Immigration officials tell pacifist atheist she has to join a religion to claim citizenship

Montana first in the nation to require warrant for location tracking

Community courts work

Supreme Court: You can't patent genes

Torture of mentally ill prisoners in Pennsylvania

Bloggers may be denied press protection under shield law

Set Manning free, arrest Panetta

Obamites spied on New York Times, too

San Diego mayor urges jury nullification in medical marijuana case

More on federal governrment telephone spying

Obama's criminal war against journalists

Top constitutional experts: Obama Is worse than Nixon

When the IRS targeted liberals

NY Times executive editor Jill Abramson: "No story about details of government secrets has come near to demonstrably hurting the national security in decades and decades."

IRS targeted tea party groups earlier than 2012 & senior officials knew it

Justice Department thinks emails don't need a warrant to search

Police come up with new way to invade your privacy

Recovered history
How John Adams handled the last Boston Massacre

Your phone calls are being recorded by you government

Supreme Court hides state and local public records to out of staters
 
Young people do care about their privacy
 
Bloomberg says Constitution will have to change because of Boston
 
IRS backs off warrantless searches of emails
 
Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.’ [laughter] But since the Freedom of Information Act, I’m afraid to say things like that.” - Henry Kissinger in Wikileaks transcript
 
Some Public Defenders Warn: 'We Have Nothing Left To Cut'
 
Judge rules state secrets trump rights
 
 
Obama has secret, unconstitutional international agreement on fast track

Supreme Court: Police Dog Powers Do Not Include Warrantless Searches of a Person’s Home

NATO report says it's okay to kill cyber hackers

How the government is violating almost every item in the Bill of Rights

Warrentless government spying on Google hits record

New York condom bait and switch

Obama's war on whistleblowers

Judge calls speed cameras a scam

Obamadmin argues for right of public to photograph police

Freedom as a local option

List of cities, police department, universities and military that want to use drones to spy on us

Why crime went down in NYC: a thousand small sanities

Seattle mayor grounds police drones

A civilian or military justice system?

America's northern border police state

How the Holy Land Foundation case affects you

Minneapolis bank closing Iranian students' accounts

Arkansas town institutes martial law

How the government is going to spy on you going to the liquor store

E-book makers are spying on you

NY Times treats illegal stop and frisk as just another bureaucratic problem

One way to reduce violence

Your dentist may want the right to turn your information over to the federal government

How the DEA got away with spying on rural private property without a warrant

More illegal searches by the DEA

Federal judge rules against secret evidence to support no fly list

How hacked phones might spy on you

Court rules that flipping off cops is constitutional

2012..

Domestic drones may be unconstitutional

How logging onto Facebook at work could be a federal offense

Town bars peaceful veterans from parade

Florida town bans saggy pants

Chipping away at freedom with RFID chips

How the feds can rip off your property

Right to sell second hand stuff in peril

Puritan liberals gain prison time for parents with drinking kids

Ohio court restricts use of abortion drug

International commission sees U.S. democracy fading

Arizona Supreme Court rules that tattoos are free speech

America is worst police state in the world

Administrative subpoenas used by feds to ignore Constitution

Pennsylvania woman faces fine for feeding hungry children


Race to the bottom: If this is what the LAPD
will do while wrongfully arresting a managing director of Deutsche Bank, think what they'll do to you

Occupier arrested for sign protesting bank: "You are being robbed"

Gentrifiers rate cops on the street

Chicago columnists defend constitutional right to be a jerk

Boston mayor and Chicago councilmember move against free speech

Back door prohibition in Baltimore

Drugs and the Aurora case

Holmes' gun club application raised doubts

How American justice really works

New Hampshire moves towards jury nullification right

No more life without parole for juveniles

Government censorship of Google soaring

Unable to find enough Al Qaeda terrorists, FBI turns to those scary environmentalists who "claim to be defending the earth" and are "committed to stopping the exploitation and destruction of the environment"

Judge rules that flashing lights to warn of speed trap is free speech

Plan to allow government to use propaganda lies on Americans is pushed in Congress

Ten reasons America is no longer the land of the free

DEA abandons college student in holding cell for five days without food or water

Now even the Vermont Senate is ditching the Constitution

Virginia stands up to unconstitutonal law

What a better justice system would look like

Why does Tim Tebow get free speech but not Ozzie Guillen?

Defense attorneys say Gitmo conditions getting worse

Justices expand rights of accused

San Francisco hasn't tested its breathalyzers in six years

Supreme Clourt blocks patenting of natural laws

Congress criminalizes protest

Even your refrigerator will soon be spyIng on you

Obama’s executive order: The details of madness

Federal judge says inmates can get prison magazine

Congress' latest unconstitutional law

How much America's police state is costing

House trashes Constitution again

Right and left join to fight developer seizure of property

California's three strike policy a bust

ACLU's big flaw: campaign financing

Every day, we're getting more like one of those countries we invade

Baltimore allows public to fillm cops in major change just days before law suit opens

Obama criminalizing free speech

A few hundred ways you could be put on the terrorist watch list

The right to be jerks

Scientist faces 20 years in prison for helping whales eat blubber they were about to eat anyway

Surprise: Supreme Court thinks 4th Amendment still exists

Can Congress act on Citizens United without a constitutional amendment?

Supreme Court rejects predominantly Christian prayer at government meetings

2012 terrorist identification chart

 Federal law

Justice Department demands names of anonymous newspaper commenters

Federal court rules students must wear RFID tag

Federal judge rules against Bloomberg's unconstitutional stop and frisk policy

How US government is using terrorism against American people

Feds want right to spy on your car

Obama approves massive spying on American citizens

Federal judge rules 2004 GOP convention arrests illegal

Feds were into illegal detention of American citizens long before 9/11

District court applies video privacy law to online videos

 Whistleblowing

Eight whistleblowers Obama has charged under the illegal Espionage Act

International journalists call for end to Wikileaks investigation

Being a whistleblower is a tough life

Julian Assange on Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and the Emerging Surveillance State

This Day in Wikileaks: WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 720 days. . . .Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 717 days - 157 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy. . . Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 914 days. . . A secret grand jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 800 days.

Comparing Manning & Ellsberg

Privacy
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2014

Feds can read your emails after six months without a warrant

Repo industry invading your privacy

Florida shares private student information with military

We're all criminals now, so you probably want to keep it private

Report: Feds spied on citizens, not terrorists after 9/11

Federal judge says secret ballot not protected by Constitution

Courts rule others can release your private records without warrant

Obama supports dictatorial powers for president

Should Obama and Congress be arrested under NDAA?

ACLU moves against license plate spying by government

Government spies on whistleblowers

Drones being used against Americans

Update on government spying on where you're driving

NJ state police complicit with NYPD in spying on Muslims

 

2011

Free speech now costs $355 (to a private corporation) in Los Angeles

Federal court of appeals approves barring police applicant because he's too smart

Comparing Manning & Ellsberg

Obama administration declares talking about jury nullification to be a crime

America's silent collapse

The Israelization of America's police

The biggest threat to America: ourselves

Obama admin prosecuting 79 year old man for telling truth about jury rights

Police who tell the truth about drug war are being fired

60 Senators vote in support of dictatorship

Obama admin prosecuting 79 year old man for telling truth about jury rights

THE WIRE'S WRITERS COME OUT FOR FULL JURY RIGHTS

Capital police illegally spying on all drivers

Mall of America security guards question up to 1200 people a day

Apple snubs nose at Constitution to find an Iphone.

Sex Offenders: The Last Pariahs

Bart shuts down wireless because of expected protest

Town may zone free speech

Baltimore United Way demands McCarthesque loyalty oath from donees

Court of Appeals says emails protected by 4th Amendment

TASERS LOSE $6 MILLION SUIT

DETROIT POLICE TERRORIZE ART GALLERY, ABUSE PATRONS

THREE INTERNET OLIGOPOLIES AGREE TO MASSIVE CENSORSHIP OF THOUSANDS OF USER GROUPS

THINK TUB PROPOSES NYC COPS ALL HAVE TASERS

U.S. QUITS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

PASSAGE FROM ORWELL OVER SCHOOL LOUDSPEAKER TURNS INTO PROTEST

COPS TASER YOUTH HAVING SEIZURE

HOW BUSH & OTHER PRESIDENTS PLANNED A DICTATORSHIP

VICTIMS OF FUNDAMENTALIST MORMONS VICTIMIZED BY STATE OF TEXAS

BUSH WRITES HIMSELF ANOTHER LAW

AIR FORCE SEEKING CONTROL OVER ALL COMPUTERS

FAKE DEA AGENT FOOLS LOCAL COPS

CHICAGO COPS TURN INTO MILITARY FORCE

THE NEW INTERNET & THE POLICE STATE

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MADAMS AND JOHNS

SPY CAMERAS DON'T REDUCE CRIME

PATRICK LEAHY EXPLAINS THE CONSTITUTION TO EX BUSH STAFFER

HOW COPS SHOULD HANDLE PROTESTS

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY FIRES QUAKER TEACHER FOR MODIFYING OATH OF ALLEGIENCE

ATTORNEY GENERAL WANTS TO OVERRIDE JUDGES ON CRACK-COCAINE SENTENCING

ROMNEY WOULD IMPRISON DOCTORS WHO PERFORM ABORTIONS

OUTLAWING ABORTION DOESN'T REDUCE IT - ONLY MAKES IT MORE DANGEROUS

BUSH'S APPOINTEE AS HEAD OF FAMILY PLANNING CALLED BIRTH CONTROL "CULTURE OF DEATH"

SEATTLE POLICE TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION IN ONLY ONE PERCENT OF POLICE BRUTALITY CASES

MARIO CUOMO CALLS ON LAWYERS TO RISE UP IN DEFENSE OF CONSTITUTION

BUSH REGIME TO LAUNCH MASSIVE DOMESTIC SPYING PROGRAM

FORMER TELCOM EXEC SAYS NSA TRIED TO GET THEM TO SPY ILLEGALLY SIX MONTHS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11

PENTAGON SPIED ON CITIZENS' BANK RECORDS

FORMER TOP BRASS CALL FOR END OF 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'

195 CORPORATIONS GET 100% RATINGS FROM GAY RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS

SOME REASON GAY MARRIAGE IS UNAMERICAN

VINCENTE FOX REVEALS PLAN FOR NORTH AMERICAN CURRENCY

FIRST WE LEARN WOLF BLITZER WORKED FOR AIPAC. . . NOW IT TURNS OUT THAT ANDERSON COOPER INTERNED AT THE CIA

BLACKWATER HOLDING COMPANY HAS PRIVATE SPY BUSINESS RUN BY TWO TOP EX-CIA SPOOKS

DC PLANS DRIVERS LICENSE THAT WILL SPY ON USERS

HOW WILL REAL ID AFFECT YOU?

MONTANA'S GOVERNORS URGES COLLEAGUES TO STAND AGAINST NATIONAL ID

IS REAL ID PLAN ON ITS DEATHBED?   MORE

SEATTLE MAYOR'S PANEL WOULD HOLD POLICE ACCOUNTABLE

SUPREME COURT RULES IT'S OKAY FOR FEDERAL COPS TO STEAL

POLICE BRUTALITY CASES ON THE RISE

HOW COPS SHOULD HANDLE PROTESTS

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS CAN BE COPYRIGHTED

MPAA BADLY MISLED CONGRESS OVER COLLEGE PIRATING

REPORT FINDS CONNECTION BETWEEN IMPLANTED RFID CHIPS AND CANCER IN ANIMALS

STUDY: INTERNET PORN MAY HAVE AIDED BIG DROP IN RAPES

TASERS FOUND NOT TO REDUCE POLICE SHOOTINGS

CONGRESS WEAKENS BUSH'S GRAB OF NATIONAL GUARD

OUR TORTURE ARTICLE ARCHIVES

SOME KEY WACO STORIES

THE GOVERNMENT'S MOST GAGGED WHISTLEBLOWER

BUSH REGIME USING CELLPHONE TRACKING FOR ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE

HIGH SCHOOLS ABUSING STUDENT RIGHTS WITH MASS BREATHALYZER TESTS

TRAINING THE BUSHJUNGEN OF TOMORROW

Tasers

"Non lethal" tasers have killed 500 since 2001

More than 500 have died by police triggered tasers...

POLICE PSYCHOLOGISTS SAYS COPS HAVE BEEN 'BRAINWASHED' ABOUT TASERS

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT LIMITS USE OF TASERS

COP TASERS DRIVER 5 MILES OVER SPEED LIMIT

AT LEAST, POLICE DEPARTMENT APOLOGIZED THIS TIME

Trayvon Martin case
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Travon Martin medical examiner files $100 million lawsuit

Boycotts proposed for orange juice, Disney

Zimmerman's Myspace page uncovered

Stevie Wonder to boycott all states with stand your ground laws

CORRECTION: Martin Bay Bridge protest photo not real

In 2005, Zimmerman was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, after shoving an officer while a friend of Zimmerman's was being questioned about underage drinking. The charges were reduced, then dropped when Zimmerman entered a pre-trial diversion program. Also in 2005, Zimmerman's ex-fiance filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman requested a reciprocal restraining order. Both orders were granted.

@renestutzman - DNA expert: No Zimmerman DNA under Trayvon's fingernails.

FDLE gun expert: Zimmerman shot Trayvon point blank. Gunpowder burns on both of Trayvon's shirts indicate gun was touching his hoodie.

DNA expert: I found no TrayvonMartin DNA on ?#Zimmerman's gun, holster.

No blood on Trayvons hands lets you know he wasn't raining blows as said

@fivethirtyeight - "zimmerman trial" getting about 20x more Google search traffic than "morsi egypt"

@workingtrucker Fact remains, if #Zimmerman had stayed in his vehicle, #Trayvon would still be alive.

Zimmerman a year ago:It was God's plan

Some reasons Zimmerman may not take the stand

Why court cases often don't make good causes

First day in court: The murder trial of George Zimmerman got off to an explosive start today as the jury heard that the words and thoughts of the defendant before he shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin were: 'F***ing punks, these a**holes always get away'.

George Zimmerman accused of sexual molestation

Zimmerman heads back to jail after misleading court

Prosecution says Zimmerman made self incriminating statements

Travon Martin case

Notes on George Zimmerman

Martin case prosecutor gets off to a lousy start

Florida's stand your ground law doesn't work if you're black

Profile? Not us. . .

From page 2 of the Sanford Police Dept's
robbery prevention guide

Shop Talk: Trailing Trayvon Martin's story

Experts: not Zimmerman screaming on 911 tape

Speculating on Zimmerman

Sanford police: Zimmerman can stalk but not media

More Travon Martin case

Trayvon Martin case update

Notes on the Trayvon Martin case

The police in the Martin case

Some facts in the Martin case

The last phone call

Death penalty
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Good trends on the death penalty

Death penalty dying out

2012

California repeal of death penalty gains strength

Another state poised to abolish the death penalty

2011

Capital sentences hit 35 year low

Oregon governor won't allow executions

List of exonerated death row inmates

Executions a half of what they were a decade ago

LOUISIANA SUES DEATH ROW INMATES FOR SEEKING RIGHTS

Patriot ACT, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA
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2012

Two senators say public would be stunned to know how government is using the Patriot Act

Obamadmin seems to oppose SOPA, PIPA

But a word of caution from Reddit: "I am very happy that Obama has 'come out against SOPA and PIPA'. I was also very happy when Obama was against the NDAA, Guantanamo Bay, prosecuting Medical Marijuana, and escalating conflicts in the Persian Gulf."

Big backpedaling on anti-Internet laws

Wikipedia considers going blank to oppose SOPA

Lawrence Tribe's brief on why SOPA is unconstitutional

Boycott forces GoDaddy to give up support of SOPA

439 institutions that support wrecking the Internet through SOPA

MPAA pushes paper that argues that Internet censorship works in repressive countries, why not U.S.?

Creator of SOPA on the take from the entertainment industry

Al Gore comes out against SOPA

How SOPA will screw the ordinary citizen

Founders of major Internet sites join in opposition to SOPA

Why SOPA is blatantly unconstitutional

Wikipedia considers going blank to oppose SOPA

Lawrence Tribe's brief on why SOPA is unconstitutional

2011

2010

LIEBERMAN & MCCAIN INTRODUCE BILL TO ALLOW DICTATORSHIP

BUSH CAPOS OKAYED DITCHING CONSTITUTION

WERE SPECIFIC REPORTERS TARGETED BY NSA WIRETAPS?

IOWA NATIONAL GUARD TRIES TO TRAIN CITIZENS FOR A POST-CONSTITUTIONAL AMERICA

THE NSA WANTS TO KNOW HOW YOU THINK; MAYBE EVEN WHAT YOU THINK

Even the government admits it's illegally spying on citizens

A cop's advice for dealing with cops

Beginning January 1, car dealers will have to invade your privacy before completing the deal

83 PAGE ARTICLE ON THE MIDDLE FINGER AND THE LAW

THE POLICE STATE FINALLY COMES TO YALE

BETTER CHECK UNDER YOUR CAR FOR AN FBI TRACKING DEVICE THE COURTS WON'T PROTECT YOU

UNPATRIOTIC POLICE USE OF PATRIOT ACT In 2009 it was reported that 763 warrant requests were made under the Patriot Act. Of those, less than half a percent were related to charges of terrorism and 62% were related to drug charges.- Huffington Post

POOR BEING CHARGED FOR PUBLIC DEFENDERS

SUPREME COURT SAYS CONSTITUTION DOESN'T APPLY TO NSA

MARYLAND JUDGE UPHOLDS RIGHT TO RECORD COPS IN PUBLIC PLACES

COURT: CORPORATIONS STOP BEING PERSONS WHEN THEY COMMIT AN INTERNATIONAL CRIME

BLOOMBERG BULLIES ARREST ARTIST FOR PAINTING OUTDOORS

PENNSYLVANIA HOMELAND SECUIRTY SPYNG ON ACTIVISTS

ACLU SUES TO STOP PRISON FROM BARRING MAIL FROM INMATES

FEDERAL COURT FINDS TATOOS PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT

VICTIMS OF POLICE NEIGHBORHOOD CHECKPOINT GET SETTLEMENT

WOMAN CONVICTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING ARREST FROM HER PORCH

HISTORIAN FINDS GERMANY'S 19TH CENTURY INDUSTRAL EXPANSION AIDED BY LACK OF COPYRIGHT LAW

NOLA COPS TOLD TO SHOOT LOOTERS AFTER KATRINA

AUGUST 2010

REPORTING DUO EXPOSE MAJOR URBAN POLICE FRAUD

FULL BODY SCANNERS BEING USED ON AMERICAN STREETS

CLEVELAND TO SPY ON CITIZEN'S TRASH

HOW THE FBI TRASHES THE CONSTITUTION 50,000 TIMES A YEAR

US MARSHALS SERVICE ADMITS STORING 35,000 NAKED BODY SCANS OF PEOPLE ENTERING US COURTHOUSES

FBI TRIED TO HAVE HOWARD ZINN FIRED

AMTRAK WRONGLY ARRESTS PHOTOGRAPHER, PAYS FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

MARYLAND CITIZEN FACES 16 YEARS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING COP IN PUBLIC PLACE

SUPREME COURT CRIMINALIZES PEACEKEEPING

BRAZIL, UNLIKE U.S., USES COMMON SENSE ON COPYRIGHT

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S CRUEL & UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT

SUPREME COURT FURTHER UNDERMINDS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, SUPPORTING KAGAN'S VIEW

GREEN CANDIDATE FOR NEVADA GOVERNOR QUESTIONED BY SECRET SERVICE FOR ATTENDING CLINTON SPEECH

NURSE, MOTHER OF FIVE, TAKES ON FBI AGENTS WHO COME TO HER DOOR AFTER SHE TAKES PART IN PALESTINE PROTEST

JUN 2010

FEDERAL COURT ALLOWS NY POLICE TO KEEP DETAILS OF ITS 2004 CRIMINAL CONVENTION RAMPAGE SECRET

SUPREME COURT BOWS TO BIG BUCKS AGAIN

LIEBERMAN & COLLINS WOULD LET PRESIDENT SEIZE INTERNET IN AN 'EMERGENCY'

IF HELEN THOMAS HAS TO GO, WHAT ABOUT MIKE HUCKABEE?

HOW THE COMMERCE CLAUSE COULD KILL THE REST OF THE CONSTITUTION

MAY 2010

MAJOR SETTLEMENT IN POLICE ABUSE OF ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST

MILITIAS AND THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER'S SCARE TACTICS

TERRORISM YOU PAY FOR: POLICE RAIDS FOR MINOR OFFENSES

RECORD NUMBER OF WIRETAPS; NOT ONE REQUEST TURNED DOWN

DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR NATIONAL ID CARD

CBS EXCLUSIVE: COPY MACHINES SAVE & HIDE WHAT YOU COPY

JUDGE FIND 'DAY OF PRAYER' UNCONSTITUTIONAL

12 YEAR OLD SUES NYC OVER ARREST

APRIL 2010

SEATTLE COMMUNITY COURT CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF ALTERNATIVE JUSTICE

COPS ADD SAFE SEX TO THEIR LIST OF OFFENSES

LAWMAKERS PUSHING FOR NATIONAL ID CARD FOR ALL WORKERS

AUSTRALIA STUDY FINDS COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER WORKS

OBAMA'S MED RECORDS ACT A MAJOR THREAT TO PRIVACY

MARCH 2010

NYPD ENGAGES IN MASSIVE ILLEGAL STOP AND FRISKS AND THEN KEEPS THE DATA

THE UNEXAMINED RISK OF TSA BODY SCANNERS

NYC COP BLOWS WHISTLE ON CITY'S ARREST QUOTA SYSTEM

PENTAGON WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO STRIP AMERICANS OF CITIZENSHIP

FEBRUARY 2010

6-YEAR OLD WINS SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

OBAMA SUPPORTS TRACKING YOUR MOVES BY CELLPHONE DATA

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT HAS RIGHT TO KILL YOU WHEN YOU'RE OVERSEAS  

CIVIL LIBERTIES LAWYERS ATTACK OBAMA'S CLAIMED RIGHT TO KILL AMERICANS ABROAD

AMERICANS SAY NO TO NATIONAL ELECTRONIC PATIENT DATABASE

DO CASINOS CAUSE CRIME?

ORLANDO AIRPORT OFFICIAL THREATENS TWO REPORTERS

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES NSA CAN SPY ON AMERICANS

SUPREME COURT ENDS DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS

JANUARY 2010

"I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE LAW FIRMS IT EXPANDS"

FBI BROKE LAW MORE THAN 2,000 TIMES IN TELEPHONE SPYING

DOMESTIC POLITICAL TERRORISM MAKES A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AFRAID OF FREEDOM

THE TORTURE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

DC GOVERNMENT THINKS WOMEN WITH MORE THAN TWO CONDOMS ARE WHORES

FRENCH COURT RESCUES WORKER FIRED FOR DOWNLOADING PORN

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT GIVES STATE'S FELONS RIGHT TO VOTE

OHIO SUPREME COURT: POLICE NEED WARRANT TO SEARCH CELL PHONES

VERIZON GETS 'TENS OF THOUSANDS' OF LAW ENFORCEMENT REQUESTS TO SPY ON CUSTOMERS

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DECLARES PETA TERRORIST THREAT

NEWSPAPER SAYS CARTOONS AREN'T MEANT TO OFFEND

DECEMBER 2009

FBI COMES UP WITH BIGGEST CONSPIRACY YET: 400,000 ON WATCH LIST

COPS STEALING FROM THE INNOCENT

NOVEMBER 2009

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HARASSES PROGRESSIVE WEB SITE

LOCAL POLICE CREATING AN AMERICAN STASI

BRITISH POLICE PUT PEACEFUL PROTESTERS ON SPY WATCH LIST

AMAZING CNN INTERVIEW WITH 10 YEAR OLD WHO REFUSED TO SAY PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BECAUSE OF LACK OF GAY RIGHTS

LAPD'S SICK AD TO GET PEOPLE TO SPY ON EACH OTHER

JURORS USED BIBLE AS JUSTIFICATION FOR DEATH PENALTY

OBAMA BACKS MAJOR RESTRICTIONS ON FREE SPEECH

OCTOBER 2009

HATE CRIME BILL'S SUBTLE ATTACK ON FIRST AMENDMENT

ACLU CHALLENGES REQUIRED DNA SAMPLES FROM ARRESTEES

FEES FOR CITIZENSHIP UP TEN FOLD

MICHIGAN WOMAN THREATENED WITH JAIL FOR BABYSITTING FOR FRIENDS

PITTSBURGH POLICE ABUSE AT G20 MEETING

SEX OFFENDER LAWS ARE HURTING OUR CHILDREN

EUROPE FUNDS ORWELLIAN SPY PROGRAM THAT WOULD MONITOR 'ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR' ON WEB

SEPTEMBER 2009

MEDINA, WASHINGTON MONITORS EVERY VEHICLE THAT ENTERS TOWN

THE TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS OF DICTATORSHIP

AUGUST 2009

GAYS ARE TOO LATE TO DESTROY TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

OBAMA TO CONTINUE ILLEGAL BORDER COMPUTER SEARCHES

BRITAIN: IT TAKES A THOUSAND SPYCAMS TO SOLVE ONE CRIME

LONDON POLICE TO TRY NEW TACTIC FOR PROTESTS: PUT WOMEN OFFICERS IN CHARGE

OBAMA ADMIN CLAIMED RIGHT TO SPY ON CAR DEALERS' COMPUTERS

WHY ISN'T OBAMA GETTING RID OF BUSH-APPOINTED U.S. ATTORNEYS?

DNA EVIDENCE CAN BE FABRICATED SAY SCIENTISTS

SCALIA DOESN'T THINK INNOCENCE IS GROUNDS TO OVERTURN CONVICTION

PHILADELPHIA BANS MULTITASKING SKATEBOARDERS

WHEN LAWYERS TAKE OVER BURNING MAN, YOU KNOW WE'RE IN TROUBLE

OVER FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE A YEAR WHO WON'T GET INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO HAVE BEER WITH THEIR ARRESTING OFFICER

AMERICA'S OVER THE TOP SEX OFFENDER LAWS

MADD GONE MAD

COURT ORDERS CALIFORNIA TO CUT NUMBER OF INMATES BY A QUARTER

TIP TO HENRY LOUIS GATES

CIA MAINTAINS UNCLASSIFIED DATA IS STILL CLASSIFIED

FLORIDA POLICE CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE IN CRASH COVERUP

WHITE LAWYER GETS THE GATES TREATMENT

WHERE BAD COPS COME FROM

JULY 2009

WHY DISORDERLY CONDUCT LAWS ARE OUT OF ORDER

PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY ON FACEBOOK

MCDONALD'S WORKER ARRESTED FOR OVER-SALTING HAMBURGER

CALIFORNIA TOWN WANTS TO SPY ON EVERY CAR ENTERING ITS BORDERS

THE FRAUD OF MANDATORY ARBITRATION

OBAMA'S CZARS SHORT CIRCUIT THE CONSTITUTION

SWAT TEAMS OUT OF CONTROL

OBAMA JUNGEN: NOW THE MARINES WANT IN

FEDERAL ABORTION LAW DISCRIMINATES AGAINST POORER WOMEN

COURT TELLS DC POLICE THEY CAN'T HAVE NEIGHBORHOOD CHECKPOINTS

COURT UPHOLDS YANKEE SPECTATORS' RIGHT TO PEE

PLAN TO SPY ON EVERY CAR ON AMERICAN ROADS

INMATE TELLS ABOUT AMERICA'S SECRET PRISONS

FIREFIGHTERS ARE NOT LAW CLERKS

JUNE 2009

WHY MADISON WOULD BE HAVING NIGHTMARES

VIRGINIA CITIZENS BEING FINED FOR SEEKING TO UNSEAT SUPERVISORS

PENTAGON DEFINED LEGAL PROTEST AS TERRORISM

JURY AWARDS OUTRAGEOUS FINE IN MUSIC DOWNLOADING CASE

NSA ANALYSTS SPIED ON OWN WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS

STUDY PUNCTURES MUSIC INDUSTRY FILE SHARING MYTHS

NEW MONTANA GUN LAW PART OF MOVE TO REVIVE TENTH AMENDMENT

FEDS FAIL TO REGULATE HEDGE FUND GAMBLING BUT ZAPS ONLINE POKER PLAYERS

MOVIE CORPORADOS GET EVEN GREEDIER

JUDGE UPHOLDS UNCONSTITIONAL PHONE SPYING

OPPOSITION GROWS TO TSA PHOTO STRIP SEARCHES

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES POLICE CAN TAKE DNA SAMPLES WITHOUT A WARRANT

GENERAL TO BE PUT IN CHARGE OF DOMESTIC SECURITY

BRITAIN EXPANDS SYSTEM OF SPY CAMS

ANOTHER RED LIGHT CAM SCAM EXPOSED

MAY 2009

FCC CLAIMS RIGHT TO SEARCH YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT WARRANT

BRITJUNGEN SPY ON NEIGHBORS

MINNESOTA REJECTS REAL ID CARD

TSA SHOWING PUBLIC DUMBED DOWN VERSION OF VIRTUAL SEARCH MACHINE

BORN IN MOZAMBIQUE, WHITE MEDICAL STUDENT HARASSED FOR CALLING HIMSELF AFRICAN-AMERICAN

HEY, IT WORKED FOR HITLER DIDN'T IT?
EXPLORER SCOUTS BEING TAUGHT HOW TO KILL

MORE PHOTOS

DRIVERS CHARGE POLICE PIRACY IN TEXAS

MASSACHUSETTS POLICE TAPPING INTO PRIVATE DATA OF CELEBRITIES

FEDERAL JUDGE PUNISHES TEACHER FOR CALLING CREATIONISM 'NONSENSE'

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS DIFFERENT RULES FOR BACKERS OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

NEW BOOK ON DC MADAM CASE

FEINGOLD GIVES OBAMA A "D" FOR HANDLING OF SECRETS ISSUES

GROWING OLD BEHIND BARS

APRIL 2009

ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO FORCE COMPUTERIZED STRIP SEARCHES ON ALL AIR PASSENGERS

FBI ABUSING DNA INFORMATION

HOMELAND POLICE SAY SUPPORT OF SECOND OR TENTH AMENDMENT COULD BE SIGN OF POLITICAL EXTREMISM

JUSTICE THOMAS THINKS AMERICANS HAVE TOO MANY RIGHTS

THE FLIP SIDE OF ZERO TOLERANCE

CONSERVATIVE BAPTIST PREACHER SAYS
HE WAS ABUSED BY BORDER PATROL

ANOTHER GOVERNMENT FUNDED FUSION CENTER BAD MOUTHING DEMOCRACY

ZERO TOLERANCE CLAIMS A VICTIM

BILL WOULD ALLOW PRESIDENT TO SHUT DOWN INTERNET

CITIZENS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST SPY CAMS

CONGRESS BANNED RESELLING CHILDREN'S BOOKS PRINTED BEFORE 1985

MARCH 2009

RIGHT TO COUNSEL SLIPPING AWAY

SOUTH LEADS NATION IN LOCK UPS - ESPECIALLY BLACKS

15 REASONS WHY THE DRINKING AGE SHOULD BE 18

STUDENT LOSES FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS BY DISCUSSING SECOND AMENDMENT

A CENSUS OF GITMO PRISONERS

LOCAL HEROES: MISSISSIPPI HOUSE VOTES TO BAN TICKET CAMERAS

LOCAL HEROES: JURIES NULLIFY LAWS THEY DON'T LIKE

FEBRUARY 2009

OBAMA TO KEEP USING RENDITIONS

NY POLICE SHOW BLATANT BIAS IN STOP & FRISK

DC LETS YOU HAVE YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AS LONG AS YOU TAKE FIVE HOURS OF TRAINING, PASS A TEST, GET A BACKGROUND CHECK AND THIRTEEN PAGES OF OTHER STUFF

ACTIVIST UNMASKS HIMSELF AS FBI INFORMANT IN G.O.P. CONVENTION CASE

LOCAL HEROES: SOUTH DAKOTA COURT RULES CURSING AT COP PROTECTED SPEECH

FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ABUSING TERROR LAWS

JANUARY 2009

CALIFORNIA USING MARINES FOR CIVILIAN POLICE WORK

FBI WANTS TO SPY ON INTERNET

JESSE VENTURA ON THE CIA'S INTEREST IN MINNESOTA

FBI USING CELLPHONES AS HIDDEN MIKES

MPAA PROPOSES VICIOUS INTERNET SPYING, BLACKLISTING

RECORDING INDUSTRY TERRORIZE TRANSPLANT PATIENT OVER DOWNLOADS

CLOSING GITMO IS FINE, BUT WHAT IS OBAMA GOING TO DO ABOUT HIS OTHER 27,000 ILLEGAL PRISONERS?

Index

Books
Cellphones
Chicago protests
Courts
Cyber rights
Death penalty
Elected attorney general
Essays
FISA
Freedom indicators
Info
Links
Homeland insecurities
Jury rights
Manning case
Martin case
NSA
Obama & civil liberties
Police, FBI, military
Privacy
Prisons
Restorative justice
SOPA
Spygate
Statistics
Tasers
Torture
Unconstitutional laws
Whistleblowing
 
The story so far: Civil liberties
 
2008 & earlier stories
 
 

Cellphones
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How Justice Department illegally tapped cellphones

Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

Supreme Court rules no warrantless cellphone searches

One of safest counties spying on cellphones

Police need warrants to track cell-phone data, N.J. Supreme Court rules

New app could protect cellphones from government spying

Stats
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GETTING BETTER

The U.S. death-row population decreased from 3,108 on April 1, 2013, to 3,095 on July 1, 2013. The new total represented a 12% decrease from 10 years earlier, when the death row population was 3,517. The states with the largest death rows were California (733), Florida (412), Texas (292), Pennsylvania (197), and Alabama (197).

2013

According to Bureau of Justice statistics, the violent crime rate in the US is down over 40% since 1994.

Fewest states in 20 years executed inmates in 2012

Serious crime at lowest level since 1963D

Homicides near 50 year low

20011

Percent of police officers assaulted least since 1987

GETTING WORSE

The federal prison population has grown eightfold since 1980.

In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.

2013

30 years ago, we had about 300,000 incarcerated people in this country. Now we have 2.4 million.

2011

Since 1990, the average length of prison sentences in the U.S. has increased by 36 percent.

MORE STATS

2013

America has more people in prison than it has engineers or high school teachers

30 years, we had about 300,000 incarcerated people in this country. Now we have 2.4 million.

Black budget is $52 billion

In its total 34 year history - from 1978 through 2012 - the FISA court has rejected a grand total of 11 government applications, while approving more than 20,000.

2011

@Harpers - Number of private U.S. citizens killed in terrorist attacks in 2010: 15 . . . .Number killed by falling televisions: 16

Percentage of Americans who have been arrested by the age of twenty-three: 30 - Harper's Index

2010

POLICE MISCONDUCT BY STATE

THE WORLD'S GREATEST DEMOCRACY

Info

An ex cop and defense attorney tells how to avoid getting arrested

FISA Court
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2014

FISA court approves extension of illegal phone spying

Appeals court protects unconstitutional FISA system

The FISA court fraud

In its total 34 year history the FISA court has rejected a grand total of 11 government applications, while approving more than 20,000.

2013

Why the FISA court may be unconstitutional

Courts
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2014

Courts put fiscal squeeze on defendants

Federal judges ignore their conflicts of interest

Federal judge okays NSA collecting your phone data

Supreme Court says all it takes is an anonymous 911 call to abolish 4th Amendment

Federal judge says Obama can kill you if he thinks you're a terrorist

Elizabeth Warren: Recently, three well-respected legal scholars examined almost 20,000 Supreme Court cases from the last 65 years. They found that the five conservative justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court are in the top 10 most pro-corporate justices in more than half a century. And Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts? They were number one and number two.

Illegal judge of illegal court issues illegal order to illegal agency

Federal judge removes Muslims from protection of Constitution

Court ruling says even improperly classified secrets can't be released without threat of prosecution

2013

A court that works

Federal judge approves secret argument by prosecution against defendant

Federal court says cops need warrant to slap on GPS

Court destroys key federal worker rights, including to tell you what's really going on

Judge rules photographer can film his neighbors

Another federal judge stiffs the Constitution

Restorative justice
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Canada has good results from new community courts

Oakland classrooms try healing rather than punishment

2013

Restorative justice in England

Restorative justice takes root in schools

AUSTRALIA STUDY FINDS COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER WORKS

More

Obama
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Obama thinks he can name you a terrorist for any reason he wants

Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined

Bruce Fein & Ralph Nader challenge Obama to cite the authority for his illegal action

Appeals court rules government can't search laptops, cellphones at border without due cause

Just how many classified opinions has the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel issued since President Barack Obama took office four years ago? The department won't say.

Obamadmin refuses to say if it thinks it has power to assassinate American citizens on U.S. soil

How the government is violating almost every item in the Bill of Rights

Obama has charged more people under Espionage Act than all former presidents combined

How drones can drain your life

US will send you to jail for five years if you unlock your cellphone; Canada to insist phones be able to be unlocked

Manning case
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How to write Chelsea Manning

A long list of what we know thanks to Private Manning

Manning's sentence the longest ever for leaking government information

OBAMA JUSTICE
Murder 11 civilians is okay
Release secret documents: 35 years

In 2007, an American helicopter crew shot and killed 11 civilians in New Baghdad including two Reuters employees. The soldiers repeatedly requested and were granted permission to open fire. They encourage one another and joke about the dead and dying civilians. Their punishment; nothing.

In 2010 Wikileaks published a classified video of the incident obtained and released by Bradley Manning. Manning's punishment for this and release of other documents: 35 years in prison

ACLU - When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it's also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate."

Military harassing journalists at Manning trial

Massive judicial abuses in the Manning trial

An American hero on trial by American military

Daniel Ellsberg on Manning case

An American hero on trial by American military

Daniel Ellsberg on Manning case

Judge says government has to prove Manning was out to aid enemy

Judge claims 1000 days in prison is a speedy trial for Manning

Torture & murder whistleblower nearing 1,000 days in prison without conviction

Defense Will Not Be Allowed to Discuss Bradley Manning’s Good Faith During Trial

Manning trial postponed over detention issue

How keeping himself sane is used to prove Manning's madness

Glenn Greenwald - The smartest thing Dan Ellsberg ever did was get persecuted by a GOP President rather than a Democrat, or else he'd have had little support

Notes: Bradley Manning

Judge partially approves Manning plea bargain

The abuse of Private Manning

Former commander of Quantico said Manning shouldn't have been held there so long

Judge won't let Manning use official statements that could prove his non-guilt

Why Manning's solitary confinement violates international law

Government harrassing Bradley Manning supporters

Obama adminstration backs down on torture of Private Manning

 

ESSAYS

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Authoritarianism

WHERE DO AUTHORITARIANS COME FROM?

The biggest threat to America: ourselves

Blacks

HOW AMERICA'S CITIES TURNED BLACK

DC STATEHOOD

DC BLACK HISTORY

MISSISSIPPI SUMMER 1964

Civil liberties

CIVIL LIBERTIES ARTICLES

ESSAYS ON JUSTICE

HOW MUCH DO WE LEARN FROM EVIL

HOW TO STAY FREE: An excerpt from Sam Smith's Great American Political Repair Manual

OF PINK SUITS, GOLF BALLS & CIVIL LIBERTIES - A talk to an upper school assembly

Letter to Thomas Jefferson

CRASH OF AMERICA - In 1995, the author saw trouble coming.

Creeping coup

THE CREEPING COUP

Post-Constitutional America

FEMA and "The X Files" -- The strange and scary history of America's disaster relief agency and its role in "continuity in government."

MISSION CREEP We foretold the militarization of America more than a decade ago

THE MILITARY AND MARTIAL LAW

HOW YOU BECAME THE ENEMY

THE CRASH OF AMERICA - In 1995, the author saw trouble coming

EXTREMISM OF THE CENTER: Most extremism in American politics comes not from left or right but from the center in power.

A FEW SIGNS OF A DEMOCRACY IN DEEP TROUBLE

MARTIAL LAW Excerpts from an an article in a defense journal, Parameters

Drugs

DRUG WAR

MARIJUANA

METHADONE

Fascism

FASCISM, CORPORATISM & CAPITALISM: While much attention has been paid to the horrific results of German and Italian fascism, the actual origins of fascism as a political and economic ideology are not well known. As a result disturbing parallels in today's American politics are ignored

THE WANSEE CONFERENCE: WHERE THE FINAL SOLUTION BEGAN

CLUES YOUR COUNTRY MAY BE TURNING INTO A FASCIST STATE

GIULIANI ON ART, HITLER ON ART

Free speech

LIBERALS VS. FREE SPEECH

FREEDOM FOR THE THOUGHT THAT WE HATE: A Biography of the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis.

Gay

GAY MARRIAGE

Guns

GUNS, SAFETY & FREEDOM

History

BUCKING THE SYSTEM: A chart that provides a crash course on how Americans have won and kept their freedoms

AMNESTY INTNL

Immigration

IMMIGRATION

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME A MEXICAN CUT YOUR PENSION?

WHO'S AN AMERICAN?

WHY THERE ARE MUCH BETTER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN IMMIGRATION POLICY

Juries

FULLY INFORMED JURIES

Patriotism

WHOSE LAND IS IT, ANYWAY? Reflections on patriotism

Police

WHERE BAD COPS COME FROM

Prisons

A Plague of Prisons

An easy way to cut budgets: stop sending to many people to prison

Rebellion

REBELLION

Spying

LETTER TO A SPOOK

SPOOKS

Torture

THE ROAD TO ABU GHRAIB

TORTURE

Zero tolerance

FOOLS' GOAL: ZERO TOLERANCE: How infinite intolerance of some things -- but not others -- is damaging our land

BOOKS ETC

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What a better justice system would look like

Truth & Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning by Greg Mitchell

A history of the FBI

BEYOND THE LAW, Jordan J Paust

THE CUNNING OF HISTORY by Richard Rubenstein

RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer

FRIENDLY FASCISM : The New Face of Power in America by Bertram Myron Gross

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE: The Germans, 1933-35 by Milton Sanford Mayer

BEHIND BARS: SURVIVING PRISON

FROM THE PALMER RAIDS TO THE PATRIOT ACT

INSIDE THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT

STATE TERRORISM & THE UNITED STATES: From Counterinsurgency to the War on Terrorism

THE CIA'S WAR AT HOME

LINKS TO A FREE LAND

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
INNOCENCE PROJECT

CENSORSHIP
ADL WATCH
CENSORWARE PROJECT

EPIC
INTERNET FREE EXPRESSION ALLIANCE
NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST CENSORSHIP
OPEN THE GOVERNMENT

PEACEFIRE
PRIVACY

CENSORWARE
HOW TO DEFEAT CENSORWARE

CIVIL LIBERTIES
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
ACLU SCORECARD

CIVIL FORFEITURE
CIVIL LIBERTIES
CIVIL RIGHTS DAILY

FLEX YOUR RIGHTS
GUIDE TO CIVIL LIBERTIES LOST SINCE 9/11

MAKING A FOIA REQUEST
MONITORING PROJECT
NATIONAL IMMIGRATION PROJECT

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD
OBSERVING SURVEILLANCE

PRIVACY FOUNDATION

COMMUNITY DEMOCRACY
NATIONAL SALON ASSN

STUDY CIRCLES RESOURCE CTR

CONSTITUTION
CONSTITUTION SOCIETY

CORPORATIONS
180/ MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRACY & EDUCATION
CORPORATE DIRT
CORPORATE WATCH
DIRECT ACTION NETWORK

EPICENTER
PUBLIC INFORMATION NETWORK

PRJCT ON CORPORATIONS, LAW & DEMOCRACY
RECLAIM DEMOCRACY

STUDENT ALLIANCE TO REFORM CORPORTATONS
US PIRG
WORLD BANK BOYCOTT

DISPUTE SETTLEMENT
NAT ASSN FOR COMMUNITY MEDIATION

DRUGS
COMMON SENSE FOR DRUG POLICY
DRUG LIBRARY

DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE

DRUG REFORM COORDINATION NTWK
DRUG WAR CLOCK
DRUG WAR EXPERTS

DRUG WAR FACTS
JACK HERER

NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY NTWK
NORML
SOCIETY OF COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS OPPOSING DRUG TESTING
STUDENTS FOR A SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY

IDEAS
NOAM CHOMSKY

THOMAS JEFFERSON ON POLITICS
TOM PAINE

TOQUEVILLE
DEMOCRACY IN AMERIA

HOWARD ZINN ONLINE

INFORMATION
TEN THINGS TO REMEMBER IF STOPPED BY POLICE

INTELLIGENCE
CIABASE
FBI FILES ON INTERESTING PEOPLE

NSA WATCH

INTERNET
DIGITAL FREEDOM NETWORK

ELECTIONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER
INTERNET FREE EXPRESSION ALLIANCE

JUSTICE
100 BLACKS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
BLACK POLICE ASSN
BRONX COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS
CTR ON JUVENILE & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CENTER FOR COURT INNOVATION
COLLABORATIVE LAW

COMMUNITY JUSTICE EXCHANGE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY FOUNDATION

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS

FULLY INFORMED JURY ASSOCIATION
HALT
HISTORIC SUPREME COURT CASES

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
INNOCENCE PROJECT

JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE
NAT ASSN FOR CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
NAT ASSN OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
NAT BLACK POLICE ASSN

NAT CTR ON INSTITUTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES
NAT COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
NAT LEGAL AID & DEFENDERS ASSN

OVERLAWYERED
RESOURCES FOR TRIAL LAWYERS & OTHER PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCATES

TRAC LAW ENFORCEMENT STATS
WHAT TO DO IF STOPPED
BY POLICE

PRISONS

CRITICAL RESISTANCE
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SENTENCING PROJECT

Voting
BALLOT ACCESS
CENTER FOR VOTING & DEMOCRACY
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TELEDEMOCRACY NETWORK
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General
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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REFERENCE
ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS

BILL OF RIGHTS
CONSTITUTION
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
DRAFT OF DECLARATION

THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
SUPREME COURT CASES

RELIGION
JEWS ON FIRST

MEDIA
REPORTERS COMM FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
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SPYING
REPORT ON ECHELON
NSA WATCH

YOUTH
LIBERTARIAN ROCK