Showing posts with label warrants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label warrants. Show all posts

Andrew Napolitano: Hope For The Dead

The judge's Easter thoughts.     What is the connection between personal freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not "safety" or "taxes" or "peace";   ... MORE

UK Wants Authority To Serve Warrants In U.S.

by Kevin Johnson and Gregory Korte.   British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications companies in criminal and national security inquiries, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday. The talks are aimed at allowing British authorities access to a range of     ... MORE

Detective Not Immune From Warrantless Entry Lawsuit

by Michael Booth.     Cops must abide the law as well as enforce it. A New Jersey appeals court ruled that damages may be awarded to a Vineland woman whose home was essentially occupied by the police while they waited for hours to obtain a search warrant. In a published ruling issued Sept. 11, the three-judge Appellate Division panel said    ... MORE

10 Great Points In Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Attack

by Matt Welch.     I don't know whether Rand Paul's ongoing Senate talkfest will succeed in running out the clock on the Patriot Act, or (as he is seeking) opening up a debate and amendment process, but I do know that—just like his 2013 exercise—these have been some of the most invigorating hours on C-SPAN in recent memory. Warrants need   ... MORE

The Proper Way To Make Mistakes In Drug Policing

by Radley Balko.    A couple in Owego, New York was recently wrongly targeted by local police, who had apparently mistaken them for some pretty big time drug distributers. From local TV news outlet WNBF: Steven Dunlap says he was pulled over by police while he was on his way to meet some friends for pizza. He says they took him into custody at   ... MORE

How To Serve A Warrant: 1972 Versus Today

by Lt. Harry Thomas.     This past week I was over on Officer.com trying to convince some hot-headed, patriot-hating young cops that the Constitution is actually the law of the land. I failed. One of them refers to open carriers as “attention whores.” I was denounced as a traitor to law enforcement for insisting that gun owners actually have rights    ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: The Government And Freedom

Don't trust your freedom to the government.      Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey gave an interview to "60 Minutes" during which he revealed a flawed understanding of personal freedom. He rightly distinguished what FBI agents do in their investigations of federal crimes from what the NSA does in its intelligence gathering, when the    ... MORE

Matt Agorist: If Cops Come To Your Door Without a Warrant

Shut them down like this guy!     If police come to your door and you don’t need their help, you can simply decline to answer. They cannot come into your home without a search warrant. Even if the police have probable cause, they cannot come in your home without a search warrant. You might even be a suspect in a criminal investigation. In such   ... MORE

The Dark Side Of California's Cell Phone “Kill Switch” Bill

by Jake Laperruque.      This week the California legislature passed a bill that requires all smartphones to include a “kill switch” that can remotely render the device inoperable.  Although created to deter smartphone theft, this kill switch mandate could actually become a nefarious tool co-opted by government to suppress protests.  ...  MORE

Get A Warrant!: John Roberts Gives The Cops A Benchslap

by Damon Root.     High Court decides police must obey the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects our "persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." Today, in the case of Riley v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that this constitutional protection extends to     ... MORE

How Obama Is Embarrassing Democrats & Independents

by Kate Kieffer.   Democrats are blushing. And not because Anthony Weiner is back on Twitter, direct-messaging pretty young girls. Vice President Joe Biden has long held the title of “Liberal Loose Cannon.” But Biden is such a grand hugger and hand-shaker that Democrats still let him work the crowds, crossing their fingers that he won’t say   ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: No More Asking Permission To Speak

Violations of liberty named the Patriot Act.  In 1798, when John Adams was president of the United States, the feds enacted four pieces of legislation called the Alien and Sedition Acts. One of these laws made it a federal crime to publish any false, scandalous or malicious writing -- even if true -- about the president or the federal government,   ... MORE

Will Congress Rein In Warrantless Spying On Americans?

Congress has a brief chance to pass key reforms.    The US government's warrantless surveillance powers largely remain a mystery, even to most of the members of Congress who are set to reauthorize them this week. A small group of senators, however, is planning to introduce a handful of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance    ... MORE

Emily Bazelton: Do Police Dogs Invade Our Privacy

Chemicals found in drugs are also elsewhere.     When I see a police dog inside a train station or at a public gathering, I feel safer. I figure it is there to protect us from explosives, and if it sniffs out drugs along the way, well, that's against the law, too. But what if it turns out that the dogs aren't all that good at the job the police are   ... MORE

Obama Increases Warrantless Surveillance Of Citizens

US spies on political activists without probable cause. The U.S. government has been “spying on political activists without probable cause” for decades, a practice that has been exacerbated in recent years, says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for the National Lawyers' Guild in Chicago. “The U.S. government has had a history of spying on political activists for    ... MORE

New Warrantless Wiretap Ruling Makes Spying Legal

by Dan Graziano. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of President George W. Bush’s controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program, which allows the government to spy on Americans without a warrant. The court reversed an earlier decision in which two American attorneys were awarded more than $20,000 in damages and their lawyers        ... MORE