The Absurd “Dog-Authorized” Civil Forfeiture Case Reversed by Honest Judge

Civil forfeiture laws look a whole lot like legalized highway robbery. Because that’s basically what they are. And because of the fact that they constitute basically free money for federal and state governments, it’s highly unlikely for civil forfeitures to be overturned in court. But occasionally it happens. Take the recent, mind-numbing case of Straughn Gorman and his RV full of cash. Mr. Gorman was driving near Elko, Nevada when a state trooper, Greg Monroe, pulled him over for driving Read more […]

FBI Lobbying for a Backdoor into Your Devices

Recently, Apple and Google both made policy and software changes to make it more difficult for spies, government agencies, and identity thieves to get information off of your devices. Well, the FBI director, James Comey, is lobbying Congress to force technology companies to make device exceptions for law enforcement—a little backdoor just for them. Comey urged Congress to update CALEA [ the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act] to “create a level playing field” so new tech companies Read more […]

PA Supreme Court: No Search Warrant Needed to Search Cars

In yet another tyranny-supporting ruling from a supreme judiciary of this land, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that police officers do not need a search warrant to search your car in their state. How they were able to get past the clear language of the Fourth Amendment in this ruling is hard to fathom: “The prerequisite for a warrantless search of a motor vehicle is probable cause to search,” [Justice Seamus] McCaffery writes in the opinion. “We adopt the federal automobile exception Read more […]

First Ever Domestic Drone Arrest Upheld in Court

Well, it’s happened. It was really only a matter of time before domestic law enforcement officials started using the assistance of domestic drone patrols. But the wait is over. Rodney Brossart was arrested in North Dakota with the help of a domestic drone, and now he has been sentenced to prison time after a judge shot down his Fourth Amendment appeals. Rodney Brossart was apparently “harassing” police officers at his cattle ranch. Some cows had wandered onto his property, and he refused Read more […]

Obama using NSA and FBI to Spy on You

Senator Obama was once appalled at what he thought was the outrageous overreach of the Bush administration on the individual liberties of the American people. Today, as President, he has embraced those same policies as his own – and is using his power to spy on you. These policies may have a greater impact than you could have ever conceived. The government knows every single phone call you’ve made since 2006. Wait, there’s more. The government has access to all of your online activity too! Read more […]

Corrupt And Predatory Government Recently Granted Unlawful Search And Seizure

Embattled IRS storm trooper Lois Lerner exercises her constitutional right to avoid self incrimination, gets suspended with full pay, but you and I will have our DNA taken and recorded if police—kind of sort of—think we may have committed a possible serious crime. Constitutional privacy rights are gone. Unreasonable search and seizure protections are now extinct for Americans subjects. In case you missed it, the Supreme Court just ruled that it is now constitutional for your local constable Read more […]

Judge Orders Google To Be Evil

A Federal Judge has ordered Google to hand over user information to the FBI in response to the FBI’s warrantless “National Security Letter requests that often also demand the users never be informed that their private information has been given to the Feds. “CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco rejected Google’s request to modify or throw out 19 so-called National Security Letters, a warrantless electronic data-gathering technique used by the FBI that does Read more […]

Justice Department Has Decided 4th Amendment Doesn’t Apply

Any Twitter user knows that, instead of “tweeting” in an open forum, he can send a private message to another user. According to the FBI and the Department of Justice, if you believe that to be the case, you are wrong. There is no such thing as a private message on Twitter. If someone could send a private message on Twitter, then the Department of Justice would have to follow the wording of the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, Read more […]

Man Charged With Violating HIPAA Laws for Filming Police on Public Street

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a federal law designed for how health care providers handle a person’s personal health information. However, in Little Canada, Minnesota, a quaint little suburb of about 10,000 just 7 miles due north of St. Paul, sheriff’s deputies have issued a citation to Andrew Henderson for violating the HIPAA laws while video recording them in action on a public street. The incident all started October 30 of last year when Henderson happened Read more […]

Roadside Body Cavity Searches for “Acting Weird”

I’ve been pulled over several times in the past for the stated reason of “failing to maintain lanes.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybodydrive perfectly in between the two lines on a road. I’m no exception. Cops are no exception. This is why lanes are wider than cars. To accommodate the fact that we’re all human and incapable of perfection. The “failing to maintain lanes” charge is so vague that anyone can be pulled over for that, and police can use that charge as probable cause Read more […]

Should C.I.A. Directors have Privacy Rights?

The recent and ongoing intelligence community scandal involving former C.I.A Director David Petraeus and other high ranking military leaders is somehow morphing into a civil liberties battle for internet privacy rights; well at least as far as the A.C.L.U and the New York Times are concerned it is. According to liberals, investigating potentially compromising personal behavior of Central Intelligence Agency executives through cyber reconnaissance is now a dangerous violation of privacy rights. In Read more […]