Fourth Amendment

San Diego Teacher Stands Up to Border Patrol at Checkpoint

A San Diego middle school teacher was detained for more than an hour last Friday after she refused to answer questions from U.S. Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint in New Mexico. “Citizens?” a Border Patrol agent is heard asking as the Bell Middle School teacher, Shane Parmely, approached the checkpoint. “I’ve never been asked…

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James Comey, Other U.S. Officials Sued by Former Intelligence Contractor

[This article was updated to include more background information on Dennis Montgomery.] A former intelligence contractor has filed a lawsuit against former FBI Director James Comey and other U.S. officials for allegedly covering up evidence showing widespread illegal surveillance on Americans, Circa reports. The contractor, Dennis Montgomery, said he left his job with over 600…

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Supreme Court Rules Against Police Use-Of-Force ‘Provocation’ Rule

Police officers cannot be held liable for use-of-force consequences even when they provoke a violent confrontation, the Supreme Court has ruled. The case involved a couple that was severely injured by two California officers searching for a wanted man. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in favor of Los Angeles County, California, and two…

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FISA Court Finds “Serious Fourth Amendment Issue” In Obama’s “Widespread” Illegal Searches Of American Citizens

A newly released court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) found that the National Security Agency, under former President Obama, routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall. In describing the…

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The Government Is Still the Enemy of Freedom

“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize…

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Land of the “Free”: More US-Born Americans Detained at Border, Asked for “Papers Please” as “Liberty Lovers” Call for an Even Bigger Police State

The most confounding development since Donald Trump took office is the mounting number of people basically begging for a bigger police state than we already have here in America… but more on that in a moment. Stories are coming out of all corners of the U.S. with much more frequency in recent months about people…

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Two Court Decisions Further Destroy Fourth Amendment Protections

By Derrick Broze Two controversial rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal judge in Virginia have civil liberties activists concerned about future abuse of power by law enforcement. On June 20, the Supreme Court ruled that evidence of a crime can be used against a defendant even if the evidence was gathered illegally.…

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