Senators Seek Data on Americans Caught Up in Surveillance

Senators Seek Data on Americans Caught Up in Surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation’s top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for […]

Israeli Government Passes Biometric Database Law

Israeli Government Passes Biometric Database Law

(Biometric Update) — Earlier this week, the Knesset passed the biometric database law in its second and third readings after all concerns were addressed and resolved, according to a report by Israel National News. The move comes a couple months after the Knesset extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that […]

Free Speech Under Threat at Nation’s Colleges

Free Speech Under Threat at Nation’s Colleges

(Orange County Register/Herald and News) — Our nation’s institutions of higher learning are supposed to be repositories of knowledge, enriched by the free flow of information and competition of ideas, but they are increasingly failing in this mission. Sadly, college campuses, which tend to embrace liberal ideologies, including tolerance, oftentimes are among the most intolerant […]

Arkansas City Accused of Targeting Poor

Arkansas City Accused of Targeting Poor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Courthouse News) – An Arkansas couple says they are being ordered to leave their community because their $1,500 trailer is too cheap to comply with a new city ordinance that criminalizes struggling residents “simply because they are poor.” David Watlington and Lindsey Hollaway say their $13,000 combined annual income places them below […]

Compromise in the Works for Feeding the Homeless in Tampa

Compromise in the Works for Feeding the Homeless in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) — The City of Tampa and a group that regularly feeds the homeless is working on a compromise after volunteers from the group were arrested for feeding homeless people in a downtown park without a permit. Saturday the group, Food Not Bombs, hosted another free meal in Lykes Gaslight Park, this […]

Report: China Selling Information on Citizens

Report: China Selling Information on Citizens

(Washington Post) — Sometimes living in China feels like dystopia has already arrived. As thick clouds of choking smog envelop the Chinese capital this week, more bad news has emerged to make life here feel even more like a grim science fiction movie. Not only are Chinese authorities collecting vast amounts of personal data on all […]

City to Pay $112K for False Arrest Claim

City to Pay $112K for False Arrest Claim

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (The Journal News) — The city will pay $112,500 to a man who alleged he was falsely arrested after being hit by a taxi. The Mount Vernon Board of Estimate and Contract voted Tuesday to pay a settlement to Stephen Sudu of Georgia, who sued the city in 2013 alleging misconduct by […]

Judge Orders Portland Police to Stop Using Maine Civil Rights Act to Target Pro-Life Speech

Judge Orders Portland Police to Stop Using Maine Civil Rights Act to Target Pro-Life Speech

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to a Portland pastor who asserted that he was being unlawfully targeted by police outside of a Planned Parenthood facility for his pro-life preaching. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen, appointed to the bench by Barack Obama, ruled on Monday that police may not use […]

Federal Court: No First Amendment Right to Record Cops Unless Challenging Police

Federal Court: No First Amendment Right to Record Cops Unless Challenging Police

PHILADELPHIA (Washington Post) — In recent years, lower federal courts have generally held that the First Amendment protects a right to video-record (and photograph) in public places, especially when one is recording public servants such as the police. Because recording events that you observe in public places is important to be able to speak effectively […]

Homeschool Couple Pepper Sprayed in Front of Children Reach Settlement With Sheriff, Deputy

Homeschool Couple Pepper Sprayed in Front of Children Reach Settlement With Sheriff, Deputy

NEW HAMPTON, Mo. — A homeschooling couple has agreed to accept a settlement offer from a Missouri sheriff and his deputy after they filed a lawsuit for being pepper sprayed and tasered for refusing to let police in their house without a warrant. As previously reported, the situation occurred in September 2011 after a Missouri Child Protective […]

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