A Waco, TX program supposedly designed to “reduce criminal activity in apartment communities”, allows police officers to enter people’s apartment buildings, without their consent, to check for things like dead bolt locks, proper eye holes in the front door, and also make sure smoke alarms are properly maintained and fire extinguishers are present.
Operating under rules put in place by George W. Bush in 2008, the Department of Homeland Security has assumed the authority to search people’s electronic devices close to our nation’s borders. This means cell phones, cameras and computers can be confiscated and searched by the DHS, without cause, without suspicion and without any warrant – completely […]
As reported on earlier, Oakland city council passed an ordinance in the dead of night that allows city police officers to arrest protesters for carrying a so-called “tool of violence”, a deliberately vague description that could refer to anything, including hammers, wrenches, scissors or a simple belt buckle.
In an ordinance that has yet to be fully considered, a county in Oregon may soon debate a proposal that would allow police officers to search people’s coolers for alcohol without probable cause. Alcohol is prohibited by law in Clackamas County parks without a permit, according to the local Fox affiliate KPTV.
From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration’s political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state. Buried in the immigration bill is […]
In a sharply divided and much anticipated case, the highest court in the land ruled that the Defense of Marriage act – a piece of legislation that defines marriage as a “heterosexual union” – is unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples government benefits that heterosexual couples already enjoy. 12 states have now amended their own […]
“What do you expect when you target the President?” This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave “special scrutiny” to organizations opposed to the current administration’s policies […]