NSA Spying | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The US government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers including AT&T, has engaged in a massive illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001. Since this was first reported on by the press and discovered by the public in late 2005, EFF has been at the forefront of the effort to stop it and bring government surveillance programs back within the law and the Constitution. History of NSA Spying Information since 2005 (See EFFs full timeline of events here) News reports in December 2005 first revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting Americans phone calls and Internet communications Continue reading



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Volokh Conspiracy: Libertarianism, conservatism, and judicial review

In a thoughtful recent post, conservative political theorist Peter Lawler comments on my review of Damon Roots new book on the conservative-libertarian debate over judicial review. Lawler argues that libertarians overemphasize the role of judicial review protecting individual rights against state infringement, that the Founders assigned a much lesser role to judicial review, and that many of the rights libertarians (and liberals) seek to protect through judicial review cannot be squared with originalism Continue reading



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Volokh Conspiracy: Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago

Under federal law, people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution however long ago are barred from possessing guns. Congress agreed that people with long-past mental problems might now be sane, and thus not especially dangerous, and provided for a means to apply for restoration of gun rights. But then in 1992 Congress ordered ATF not to spend any money applying the restoration program. Continue reading



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Aboriginal medicine ruling sparks instant controversy

In 14 words, the decision of a Brantford judge changed the life of an 11-year-old Six Nations girl with leukemia, and sparked a controversy about Aboriginal rights and the rights of children in Canada. The ruling has been supported by Aboriginal communities and met with concern by non-Aboriginal legal experts who question whether the decision adequately considered the rights of the girl and the duty of the government to protect the best interest of the child. Continue reading



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The 2011 English summer riots: Courts accused of 'collective hysteria'

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 22-Oct-2014 Contact: Kath Paddison kath.paddison@manchester.ac.uk 01-612-750-790 University of Manchester @UoMNews A review of sentencing following the 2011 English riots has shown that sentences were much harsher than realised at first. Continue reading



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Volokh Conspiracy: What the posse comitatus case might mean for the future of the exclusionary rule

As Eugene noted, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit recently held that a child pornography conviction had to be reversed because the evidence was gathered in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. Continue reading



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Same-sex marriage advocate opening Ohio offices

The Daily Briefing Buckeye Forum Podcast The Dispatchpublic affairs team talks politics and tackles state and federal government issues in the Buckeye Forum podcast. Freedom to Marry, the nations major financial backer of same-sex marriage, will spend at least $500,000 to open field offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo. Continue reading



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Staying away from guns and Gitmo

Posted Mon, May 5th, 2014 12:00 pm by Lyle Denniston Two areas of the law where the Supreme Court made major pronouncements, and then all but dropped the subject, continued on Monday to remain off the Courts decision docket. One wasthe intensifying controversy over Second Amendment rights; the other was the lingering controversy over the fate of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Without comment, the Court denied review of new cases, keeping intact a lengthening list of refusals Continue reading



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Liberal Supreme Court Justice Comes To The Defense Of Scalia

Larry Downing/Reuters When asked about polarization between justices, Ginsburg said that liberals who criticize the conservative Scalia forget that he “is one of the most pro-Fourth Amendment judges on the court.” The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Here is an excerpt from that interview: WSJ: How deeply polarized is the court Continue reading



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Freedom as a number

Freedom as a number Jonathan Power (POWERS WORLD) / 7 February 2013 THE COLD War ended and the good times began the big powers stopped using their veto in the UN Security Council, the number of wars fell dramatically, human rights improved all over the world including in Russia and the number of democracies increased substantially. Where have all the flowers gone? The veto has returned Continue reading



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