Archive For The “Free Speech & Privacy Rights” Category

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 4, 2018) –  On Tuesday, a California Senate 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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Town leaders honor Confederate flag | 

Town leaders honor Confederate flag | 

Arizona Sonora News Service – Tombstone, formed 13 years after the Civil War ended, opened its city streets to a parade of Confederate flags in the first week of March, bringing criticism that racism is alive and well in town. Much to the chagrin of local African-Americans and advocacy organizations, nearly 20 Confederate enthusiasts took…

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The Last Normal Man on Earth

The Last Normal Man on Earth

Identity Dixie – I wonder if anyone else ever felt like this – the last normal white man on Earth. I know I certainly did before joining the Alt-Right. I’d look around, almost always in a public place, and say to myself, “What the hell happened?” It’s like the American public literally turned into zombies,…

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The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center

This Week – With America’s president casually stirring racial and other hatreds, it would be helpful for our civic good to have an organization that tracks with honesty and precision what rabble his rhetoric is rousing. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation’s largest (and richest) watchdog of hate groups, has long sought to fill…

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UVA Police Use The “Library of Harm” To Flag Students’ Words

UVA Police Use The “Library of Harm” To Flag Students’ Words

Activist Post – It seems like not a day goes by, where law enforcement isn’t inventing new ways to spy on Americans. According to a recent article in the Daily Progress, the University of Virginia Police Department is using a company called Social Sentinel (SS) to spy on college students and faculty Tweets, etc. Legal experts say they’re concerned about privacy and…

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Signed by the Governor: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (March 20, 2018) – Yesterday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. 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)…

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Missouri House Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 8, 2018) – Today, the Missouri House passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. It would also bar the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. This represents an essential step states…

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Florida Senate Approves Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Mar. 7, 2018) – Today, the Florida Senate approved a measure that would ban warrantless location tracking and the use of stingray devices to sweep up electronic communications in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Florida, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)…

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To the Governor: Michigan Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (March 2, 2018) – Yesterday, the Michigan House gave final approval to a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak…

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Stafford Co. zoning board: huge Confederate flag can stay

Stafford Co. zoning board: huge Confederate flag can stay

The “Virginia Flaggers” group raise a Confederate battle flag on a pole near Interstate 95 in Chester, Va., in this 2013 AP file photo. The group says it has no plans to remove the flag along Interstate 95 in Stafford County, which has been criticized by some residents as a racist symbol. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)…

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Michigan Senate Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 28, 2018) – Today, the Michigan Senate unanimously passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy)…

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California Bill Would Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2018) –  A bill introduced in the California Senate 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. Jerry…

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Michigan Committee Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 20, 2018) – Today, a Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy)…

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Signed by the Governor: Nebraska Law Limits ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 15, 2018) – Yesterday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill into law that puts limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and places significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track…

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The Memo: One Question Nobody Is Asking

If Republicans are so worried about government surveillance and its potential for abuse, why did they reauthorize FISA? This is a question few people seem to be asking. Last week, the House Intelligence Committee released a memo that revealed abuses of the FISA process. Sadly, the real news was lost in partisan bickering about Russia…

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Missouri Bill Would Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Missouri House would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) introduced House…

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Michigan Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Yesterday, a Michigan Senate committee held a hearing on a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep….

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Michigan Action Alert: Help Pass HB4430, No Resources for Warrantless Surveillance

The same week that Congress reauthorized and expanded NSA spying, the Michigan House passed HB4430 by a vote of 107-1, a bill to ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. (learn more here).  The bill is now in the Senate Judiciary committee where it needs to pass to move forward. Please take the following…

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Arizona Bill Takes on Federal Militarization of Police and the Surveillance State

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate would require law enforcement agencies to get local government approval before acquiring or using military equipment or surveillance technology. Passage of the legislation would set the stage to limit the surveillance state, along with the impact of federal programs that militarize local…

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Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Sooner State, it…

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