A poll released Monday shows more than half of all Americans think it’s acceptable for the government to secretly track their phone calls, if doing so keeps them safe from terrorism. The poll also shows that nearly half believe it’s also acceptable for the National Security Administration to indiscriminately spy on citizens’ online activities.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit advocacy group that battles expanded government surveillance and technological infringements on civil liberties, has compiled a list of operating systems, applications and online services for computers and mobile devices. Many of the products listed aren’t exactly household names — but that’s kind of the point. The EFF has […]
Buried in the headlines about the Barack Obama Administration’s numerous scandals are reports that Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are gearing up for a revitalized push for more gun-control measures. Biden was queried by Capitol Hill reporters Monday following the swearing in of interim Republican Senator Jeff Chiesa, who will represent […]
The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday against the Administration of Barack Obama, challenging the National Security Agency’s Constitutional authority to conduct warrantless surveillance on Americans’ communications. The suit alleges that the Administration is violating citizens’ 1st and 4th Amendment protections. ACLU said in a statement: Last […]
Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) spoke Tuesday for nearly 15 minutes on the Senate floor in Spanish, applauding the Gang of Eight bipartisan coalition that’s pushing for a sweeping set of immigration reforms and supporting the start of the debate process that could see an immigration reform bill move out of the Senate. Kaine planned the […]
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) put on his pseudo-psychiatry pants Tuesday and claimed that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been afflicted by a severe case of “Obamaphobia,” which is inhibiting his ability to go along with immigration-reform efforts. On Monday, Cruz said during an interview on ABC that the White House’s insistence that Congressional immigration-reform efforts […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.
In light of the recent news reports about the government’s massive surveillance dragnet and penchant for mining data from private companies to spy on American citizens, you may wonder if there is any way to avoid unwittingly losing any semblance of 4th Amendment protections.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning a class action suit against the Federal government to end the National Security Administration’s broad surveillance of citizens’ phone metadata and computer habits via compulsory, court-ordered secret “agreements” with phone and computer companies.