Archive For The “Free Speech & Privacy Rights” Category

Taking on a Supporter of the Surveillance State

Recently, I was asked to do an interview on AM590 WVLK radio in Lexington, Kentucky, to talk about the city’s lawsuit against me and why we need to take steps to ensure there are oversight and transparency for government surveillance programs. The interview got a little heated when the cohost revealed himself to be an…

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Lions of Liberty Interview: Battling the Surveillance State

I recently appeared on the Lions of Liberty podcast  – Felony Friday edition – to talk about how we can fight government surveillance at the local level. Since it was Felony Friday, we had to talk about the lawsuit the city of Lexington, Ky., filed against me in an attempt to keep information about police…

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Alpharetta Bans Confederate Flag In Veterans Parade

Alpharetta Bans Confederate Flag In Veterans Parade

WABE – The Old Soldiers Parade in Alpharetta dates back to the early 1900s, when it began as a tribute to Civil War veterans. By the 1950s, it became a tribute to all veterans. For the first time this year, the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans was blocked from flying the Confederate battle flag or “Southern Cross” at…

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Austin City Council to debate fee waiver for vets parade with Confederate groups

Austin American-Statesman – The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on a resolution that aims to prevent Confederate heritage organizations from participating in the coming Veterans Day parade. Mayor Steve Adler is the lead sponsor of the resolution, which states that fee waivers for Veterans Day events should be reserved for ones that “honor only…

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Interview: Defying the Surveillance State, Locally

I recently appeared on the Culture of Peace podcast hosted by Luke Tatum to talk about defying the surveillance state through local action.  During the interview, I talked about how and why I started a local organization to bring oversight and transparency to surveillance in Lexington, Kentucky. I also explained how my efforts ended up getting…

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Tenther Tuesday Episode 39: The Stalker Surveillance State is Getting More Aggressive

Today is the 558th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare, or gun control, or end mass, warrantless surveillance. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Mike Maharrey (follow) and Michael Boldin (follow) discuss some aggressive government overreach, including TSA and DEA programs stalking innocent travelers and over-the-top efforts to keep surveillance programs secret. Even…

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FireArmFriday: Roll Your Own

FireArmFriday: Roll Your Own

Texas company cleared to put 3D-printed gun designs online Boston Herald – After spending years fighting the federal government for the right to do so, a Texas company was given the green light to post blueprints online showing people how to make 3D-printed guns from the comfort of their home. Gun safety advocates and some…

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City of Lexington Wants to Keep Fighting Me Over Surveillance Documents

After losing yet another round in Fayette Circuit Court, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government has decided to take its fight to keep its “mobile surveillance cameras” a secret to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. And I plan to keep fighting. On June 19, Fayette County Circuit Court Judge John Reynolds issued an order granting a motion…

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New York Using Facial Recognition to ID Drivers and Passengers at Toll Booths

New York Using Facial Recognition to ID Drivers and Passengers at Toll Booths

The state of New York is using facial recognition cameras to identify drivers and passengers at toll booths. A recent article in the New York Post revealed that toll booths use facial recognition to identify everyone. “We are now moving to facial-recognition technology, which takes it to a whole new level, where it can see…

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Our ‘Cold Civil War’ Over 2 Constitutions

Our ‘Cold Civil War’ Over 2 Constitutions

The United States is more than politically polarized amid a “cold civil war” over the meaning of the Constitution, constitutional scholar Charles Kesler said Tuesday. Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, spoke as part of a panel discussion on “The State of the Constitution” during the 2018 Bradley Symposium at The Heritage Foundation….

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Action Alert: Help California Limit Surveillance Powers, Support SB1186

California Senate Bill 1186 (SB1186) would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology in the state. It needs your help to move forward. The proposed law would require local law enforcement agencies to draft a Surveillance Use Policy for each type of surveillance technology it operates and the information collected. If the plan is…

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Fighting the Surveillance State in My Own Back Yard: Interview with Scott Horton

I recently appeared on the Scott Horton show to talk about the lawsuit the city of Lexington, Kentucky, filed against me over an open records request, and how local efforts can put a dent in the ever-expanding federal surveillance state. During the interview, Scott and I talked about the city’s lawsuit against me in an…

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California Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control Clears Another Hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 27, 2018) –  Yesterday, a second California Assembly committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

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At Least Eight AT&T Facilities Help NSA Spy on Everybody

The NSA uses AT&T facilities in at least eight cities to warrantlessly monitor and collect billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across the United States. According to a report published by The Intercept based on documents it obtained, the NSA has direct access to network hubs that run through buildings known as “backbone” and…

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Victory! I Beat a Government Lawsuit

I fought city hall and by-gosh I won! Last October, the city of Lexington sued me in an attempt to keep its “mobile surveillance cameras” secret. In a major victory for government transparency, Fayette Circuit Judge John Reynolds issued an order granting my appeal for summary judgment last week. In simple terms, the judge rejected…

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Tenther Tuesday 37: Battling Big Brother

Today is day 516th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare, or the Patriot Act, or to end mass, warrantless surveillance.  In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Michael Maharrey talk about how the feds have actually expanded the unconstitutional surveillance state since the Edward Snowden revelations, and how states are fighting…

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Now In Effect: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (June 17, 2018) – A new law banning “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced…

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Tech Group Calls Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition “Patriotic”

After an outcry over reports that law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology marketed by Amazon to profile people in real time, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society.” “Facial recognition technology has many beneficial uses for society, even when used by…

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California Senate Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2018) –  Yesterday, the California Senate passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Sen….

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How the Feds are using Transportation Funds to Build a Giant Surveillance Network, and What to do About it

The federal government is building a massive surveillance network on America’s transportation system with help from state and local governments. I recently appeared on InfoWars Real News with David Knight to talk about it. David and I discussed the installation of nearly 100 cameras along a transit route in Richmond, Va., and how it is part…

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