Congress Plotting to Cut a Hole in the 4th Amendment, Again

“Whatever happened to the public promise to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as it is written? That’s in the oath all in government have taken. That is the oath that the president and his Republican allies reject.”

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Opinion -- Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called Fire and Fury, a highly critical insider’s view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are the efforts of the Trump administration and

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Liberty Act Presents Another “Fake Fix” To Controversial NSA Spying Program

With vague language, loopholes, and glaring omissions, the proposed USA Liberty Act — ostensibly intended to check exposed NSA spying abuses — is a toothless tiger, leaving in place practices that are squarely at odds with Fourth Amendment constitutional protections for ordinary citizens.

A reflection of the Department of Homeland Security logo in the eyeglasses of a cybersecurity analyst at the watch and warning center of the Department of Homeland Security's secretive cyber defense facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Ever since Edward Snowden helped reveal the true extent of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) massive spying program, U.S. politicians have attempted to “fix” the program’s gross violations of the Fourth Amendment with legislation. While some legislative efforts were “fake fixes,” others were well-meaning but have fallen short, as legislators

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Court Cites Ignorance Of law In Excusing Officer For ‘Clearly Unreasonable Force’

The case creates a potentially insurmountable bar for anyone, who alleges they had their constitutional rights violated by a police officer.

A Miami police officer stands guard during a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the James L. Knight Center, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Miami.

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of an officer in Colleyville, Texas, who used “excessive force” against an 18-year-old woman after police shot and killed her father. The court asserted the officer could not have known force was “clearly unreasonable” in this situation, given the “lack of guiding precedent,” and granted him immunity for his

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Court: Government May ‘Seize’ Citizens’ Fingerprints To Unlock Apple Devices

“If Apple’s move leads us to abandon knowledge-based authentication altogether, we risk inadvertently undermining the legal rights we currently enjoy under the Fifth Amendment.”

An Apple employee instructs a journalist on the use of the fingerprint scanner technology built into the company's iPhone 5S during a media event in Beijing. Watchdog groups are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

A federal court ruled the United States government is not violating a citizen’s Fifth Amendment rights when they require a citizen to apply his or her fingerprints to a sensor so authorities can access a device. The government sought authorization to “seize” four residents so their fingers could be applied to Apple devices in a home in order to

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Feds Push For Facebook Data On Inauguration Day Protests

“I think it’s pretty obvious that the government is trying to lift the lid on the Facebook accounts of political dissidents and activists,”

Police fire pepper spray on protestors during a demonstration after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP/John Minchillo)

Attorneys haggled Friday in the D.C. Superior Court over whether the government should be allowed to proceed with search warrants for Facebook accounts associated with Inauguration Day protests, and if so, what information it should be allowed to access. During an afternoon hearing, U.S. Attorney John Borchert said the federal government wanted

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Judge Slams ‘Incompetent’ Police Following Raid On Family’s Tomato Garden

A Federal judge declared raid on a family’s tomato garden was an “unjustified government intrusion based on nothing more than junk science.”

Bob Harte displays the indoor garden his family cultivates. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Wichita, KS – In a “huge and significant victory for the Fourth Amendment,” the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit brought by a Kansas City couple who endured a SWAT raid over their tomato plants. Robert and Adlynn Harte — and their two young children — were caught up in a county-wide sweep of suspected cannabis growers, in

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