Privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 28, 2017) –  Yesterday, an important California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate…

CONCORD, N.H. (June 19, 2017) – The New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that would have restricted warrantless and weaponized use of drones by law enforcement. The legislation would not only have establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would have also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Rep. Neil Kurk, Rep. Robert…

LANSING, Mich. (May 17, 2017) – Today, the Michigan House unanimously passed a proposal to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers, and possessions” in the state constitution. House Joint Resolution C (HJRC) was introduced by Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) along with 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. If approved, voters…

James Bovard, Opinion columnist 3:18 a.m. ET May 11, 2017

It’s a historically untrustworthy secret organization that needs to live under rule of law.

President Trump’s firing of FBI chief James Comey provides a welcome chance to dethrone the FBI from its pinnacle in American politics and life. Last September, Comey denounced Twitter “demagoguery” for the widespread belief that the FBI was not “honest” or “competent.”

But the FBI has a long record of both deceit and incompetence. Five years ago, Americans learned that the FBI was teaching its agents that the bureau “has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.” This has practically been the FBI’s motif since its creation.

read more at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/11/comey-fbi-fire-trump-russia-investigation-james-bovard-column/101506342/

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