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Archive for the 'Privacy' Category

Federal Judge Rules That Bush Administration Illegally Wiretapped American Citizens

by @ Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. Filed under George W Bush, Individual Liberty, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Privacy

A Federal Judge in California dropped a bomb today: A federal judge on Wednesday said the George W. Bush administration illegally eavesdropped on the telephone conversations of two American lawyers who represented a now-defunct Saudi charity. The lawyers alleged some of their 2004 telephone conversations to Saudi Arabia were siphoned to the National Security Agency […]

Ron Paul Talks National ID Cards

by @ Thursday, March 11th, 2010. Filed under Individual Liberty, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Privacy, Ron Paul

Barack Obama Wants To Track Your Cell Phone

In case currently before the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Obama Administration is arguing that you have no expectation of privacy in any of your cell phone data: Even though police are tapping into the locations of mobile phones thousands of times a year, the legal ground rules remain unclear, and federal […]

Detention Of Ron Paul Aide Leads To Change In TSA Rules

by @ Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Filed under Homeland Security, Individual Liberty, Privacy, War On Terror

Back in April, I noted the story of Steve Bierfeldt, who works for Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty, and who was detained by TSA officials at the St. Louis airport after he was found carrying cash and Ron Paul literature. Today’s Washington Times notes that the TSA has changed it’s rules in light of the […]

Judge Napolitano On Natural Rights And Why The PATRIOT Act Is Wrong

Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke recently about natural rights theory and the PATRIOT Act’s intrusions on individual liberty: Read more » H/T: United Liberty « Hide it

Fisking Fox On The PATRIOT Act

by @ Thursday, October 8th, 2009. Filed under Homeland Security, Individual Liberty, Privacy, War On Terror

Julian Sanchez does a thoroughly effective video fisking of several Fox News Channel commentators on the PATRIOT Act:

Just .004% .4% of Patriot Act “Sneak And Peak” Warrants Used For Terrorism

by @ Monday, September 28th, 2009. Filed under Homeland Security, Individual Liberty, Privacy, War On Terror

One of the more sinister elements introduced into law enforcement by the USA PATRIOT Act was the so-called “sneak and peak” warrant: A sneak and peek search warrant (also called a covert entry search warrant or a surreptitious entry search warrant) is a search warrant authorizing the law enforcement officers executing it to effect physical […]

Judge Napolitano On Massachusetts H1N1 Mandatory Vaccination Law

by @ Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. Filed under Health, Individual Liberty, Politics, Privacy, Swine Flu

If this is an accurate representation of what Massachusetts is considering, it’s pretty damn scary:

New York City Seeking To Ban Outdoor Smoking

by @ Tuesday, September 15th, 2009. Filed under Individual Liberty, Privacy

Yet another extension of the reach of big brother from the Big Apple: New York City’s workplace smoking ban six years ago drove cigarette and cigar puffers outdoors. But soon some of the outdoors may be off limits, too: The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said Monday that he would seek to ban […]

Montana To Become Center Of Assisted Suicide Debate

by @ Tuesday, September 1st, 2009. Filed under Individual Liberty, Politics, Privacy

Later this week, the Supreme Court of Montana will become the latest battleground in the debate over physician-assisted suicide: HELENA, Mont. — Robert Baxter was by all accounts a tough man. Even in the end, last year, as lymphocytic leukemia was killing him, Mr. Baxter, a 76-year-old retired truck driver from Billings, Mont., fought on. […]

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