Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment


Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Secret Court Defends NSA Data Collection

In an opinion made public on Sept. 17, a judge for the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that a program under which the federal government collects phone data in a massive database is legal.   Some Opinions Released The FISC is a specially created federal court that oversees the National Security Agency’s foreign intelligence program, including its requests for warrants and other surveillance efforts within the United States. Its judges include federal district judges from around the country, as …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government by Janet Raasch  
Mandatory DNA Testing Is a Double-Edged Sword

Modern DNA analysis has revolutionized the criminal justice system. It has been used to prove — without a doubt — that suspects were involved in crimes and to free people who were wrongly convicted. The DNA sample is taken by swabbing the inside of a person’s cheek. If you are convicted of a serious crime, your DNA becomes part of state and federal crime databases, where it can be searched for association with other crimes. But what if you are …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Americans’ Right to Privacy Another Casualty of 9/11

One of the legacies of September 11, 2001 is a vastly expanded executive power that is purportedly necessary to fight terrorism. The unfortunate fact, however, is that the executive branch continues to use powers created after 9/11 to spy on American citizens, and one way it does that is through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.   Expanding FISA After 9/11, the National Security Administration (NSA) – a Cold War-era intelligence organization – ramped up its operations, and a new court, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Video Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
America, One Nation Under Surveillance [Video]

  Larry Bodine, editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com, reports this is America, one nation under surveillance. Many of you have heard about government spying on U.S. citizens, but aren’t worried about it, because you’re not doing anything wrong. At least not yet. A lot of us start our day by checking our email and visiting websites in the morning. Whom you contact and where you visit is all monitored by the National Security Agency. No search warrant is required. When you call …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Can No Trespassing Signs Keep the Cops Away?

A federal court in Tennessee has rejected a defendant’s argument that no trespassing signs he posted should have prevented the police from entering his property to talk to him. Clifford Denim is facing charges for possession of firearms by a convicted felon, stemming from an incident earlier this year. After police officers in Hawkins County got a tip that he had purchased guns that were stolen from another man, they decided to pay him a visit. Despite the six no …

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