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Win For 4th Amendment: Court Rules Police Can’t Use GPS To Track Cars Without Probable Cause

Win For 4th Amendment: Court Rules Police Can’t Use GPS To Track Cars Without Probable Cause

A court has ruled that the secret placement of a global positioning system (GPS) device on a suspect’s car constitutes a search under the 4th Amendment, and that law enforcement cannot track suspects in such a manner without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.

Cops Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old Carrying Toy Gun In Neighborhood

Cops Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old Carrying Toy Gun In Neighborhood

Police in Northern California shot a 13-year-old boy to death Tuesday after spotting the youngster walking through a residential area with a toy rifle reportedly resembling an AK-47. This incident is only the latest in a long list of incidents involving panicky adults assuming the very worst at the sight of children playing with toy guns.

Healthcare.gov Worked… In 2010; Nanny State Attacks E-Cigs; No Evidence Backing NSA Claims That Spying Thwarted Terror; White House Attempts To Make Good For Spying On German Leader; And More— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-23-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Lawful Gun Owner Arrested For Firing Gun In Air To Scare Daughter’s Attackers – Now Her Daughter’s Missing

A Virginia woman who fired a legally-owned handgun into the air to scare away a group of boys who were attacking her daughter was arrested by local police Saturday for reckless use of a weapon. A day after the mother’s “reckless” attempt to protect her daughter – whom one of the boys had begun punching […]

Funny Flashback: Remember When President Obama Took The Obamacare Website For A Spin In 2010?

In July of 2010, President Barack Obama explained HealthCare.gov, the new consumer website “that helps you take control of your health care coverage.” The site, it seems, worked back then. Today, the site is so broken that the President and Congressional Democrats are hinting at the idea of delaying key Obamacare provisions: Via MarketWatch:  The […]

The Stupid, Lopsided War Against Electronic Vapor Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to pack on new regulatory muscle any day now, as the announced end-of-October deadline for new regulations against the so-called “electronic cigarette” industry approaches. The FDA is attempting an end run around an earlier Federal court decision that shot down the agency’s attempt to ban the devices, […]

ProPublica: There’s No Evidence To Back The NSA’s Claim That Spying On Americans Has Thwarted Terror Attacks

This report, written by by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer, was originally published by ProPublica on Oct. 23. Two weeks after Edward Snowden’s first revelations about sweeping government surveillance, President Obama shot back. “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information not just in the United States, but, […]

You Actually Don’t Get To Keep Your Current Plan; Food Stamps Being Sold For Cash Online; The IRS Has Trouble Keeping Up With Earned Income Tax; Federal Court Seizes Computer Because Man Used The Word ‘Hacker’; And Obama Fundraises On Obamacare Fiasco—Wednesday Morning News Roundup 10-23-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Rights Groups: Civilian Casualties In Drone Strikes Soar, Administration Officials Guilty Of War Crimes

Rights Groups: Civilian Casualties In Drone Strikes Soar, Administration Officials Guilty Of War Crimes

Reports released Tuesday by two human rights groups conclude that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen are responsible for dozens of civilian deaths that officials in the United States have failed to acknowledge.

DHS Looking To Spend $80 Million For Armed Guards

As the elected class ignores the will of the people and pushes the Nation toward default, the Department of Homeland Security continues to exhibit signs it is preparing for a chaotic event or is training to make war on the American people.

We have previously documented the department’s mass purchases of weapons, ammunition, armor and training targets depicting average citizens (including children and pregnant women). Other sites have documented the department’s training operations like Operation Shield, in which the DHS Federal Protective Service unit posted armed guards outside a Florida Social Security office and required passersby to produce identification. FPS also posted armed guards outside a St. Louis Internal Revenue Service building during a Tea Party protest regarding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

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